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Letters of Spiritual Direction to a Young Soul - Letter Sixty-Four and Letter Sixty-Five, Part I

Letters of Spiritual Direction to a Young Soul - Letter Sixty-Four and Letter Sixty-Five, Part I

September 23, 2021

This evening we began Letter 64 where St. Theophan discusses with Anastasia solitude as well as how to avoid boredom and idleness. Theophan is very direct and one might even say stern about this subject. The feeling of loneliness or boredom should be out of place for us if we understand our true identity. We are in reality never alone. The Lord is always close by as well as our Guardian Angel. Therefore, each time we find ourselves alone we must renew as quickly as possible the conviction that the Lord and our Guardian Angel are with us and, in fact, we must rush to take advantage of these moments. Solitude, Theophan tells her, in this spirit is sweet and he prays that she will one day desire it as Paradise on earth. He goes on to tell her that she should avoid idleness at all costs. She should keep the mind focused when her tasks of the day are complete. There are many things that we can do to help us in this regard. Best of all, however, is reading spiritual books. This is the sphere of the most serious subject of all. In it everything is new and never becomes obsolete. The more you learn, the more you will discover subjects that are yet unfamiliar. 

Moving on to Letter 65, Theophan begins to share with Anastasia the writings of Saint Poemen that relate to what he has been explaining to her for a long time. Repentance and grieving over one’s sins is the beginning of the divine path. “Repent, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” A person who repents and grieves over his sins will naturally shun evil and do good. Just as a woman who grieves over the loss of her husband and weeps bitterly can think of nothing else, so a soul that weeps over the loss brought by its sin can’t think of anything else but restoring their relationship with God and weeping over their fall.

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Text of chat during the group:

00:01:58 Sheila Applegate: Hi! I can't unmute.
 
00:04:07 Carol Nypaver: Also, my son’d birthday (on Padre Pio’s Feast).
 
00:19:27 Mark Cummings: a rent, typically a small one, paid by a freeholder or copyholder in lieu of services which might be required of them.
 
00:20:06 Mark Cummings: Idle hands are the devil's workshop
 
 
00:41:30 Fr. Miron Kerul-Kmec Jr.: St. Basil - "Do not submit your souls to corrupt melodies that come to us through the ears. Many passions that enslave us have been caused to grow in our natures by this sort of music."
 
00:42:01 Cathy: i agree
 
00:43:15 renwitter: I’m guessing this person he “knows” is himself :-D
 
01:21:01 renwitter: “For while all things were in quiet silence, and that night was in the midst of her swift course, 15Thine Almighty word leaped down from heaven out of thy royal throne.” One of my favorite passages. The Father communicating His Word to us in the depth of silence.
 
01:21:43 Carol Nypaver: 😇
 
01:22:05 Cathy: Thank you. Beautiful
 
01:23:07 renwitter: We also love Miron Theophan!
 
01:23:37 Ann Grimak: Thank you so much,
 
01:23:52 Mark Cummings: Thank you!!!
 
01:24:00 Cathy: Good night.  Thank you Father!
 
01:24:20 Ashley Kaschl: Solitude is more of a trusting that we are deeply known by GOD and by seeking to know ourselves through a relationship with Christ, we become more aware of just how close God and our Guardian Angel is to us.
 
01:25:14 Carol Nypaver: Thank you, Ashley! Very insightful.

 

 

The Evergetinos - Vol. I, Hypothesis IX, Part III and Hypothesis X, Part I

The Evergetinos - Vol. I, Hypothesis IX, Part III and Hypothesis X, Part I

September 21, 2021

Tonight we concluded a brief section from Hypothesis Nine and began reading Hypothesis Ten. The subject matter of these readings is rather fierce; presenting us over and over again with the experience of death. What is the experience of the soul at the moment of death bearing within it  its vices and virtues alone.? 

We are presented with images and visions of the Saints who describe a malignant evil set upon the demise of those seeking to follow the narrow path that leads to the kingdom. Even at the moment of death the evil one is there to accuse and weigh in the balance individual’s vices and virtues. If anything these images stress for us the reality of evil and hostile powers set upon our demise and that the spiritual life and struggle has cosmological scope. 

Such truths remind us of the necessity of constant vigilance in the spiritual warfare. We must desire to the kingdom above all things and seek it with purity of heart and intention. It is this alone that sets us upon the path to the kingdom with a holy boldness even when faced with these hostile powers in their most fearful form.

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Text of chat during the group:

00:16:50 Ed Kleinguetl: Orthodox theory of the toll houses
 
00:22:57 Carol Nypaver: Page?
 
00:23:12 Ashley Kaschl: 84
 
00:46:37 Rachel (30): Yes, exactly! What a sobering reflection.
 
01:06:46 Eric Williams: When being chased by a wild beast, one needn’t run fastest - just faster than one’s companions. ;)
 
01:07:22 Rachel (30): lol
 
01:14:21 Tyler Woloshyn: Have a blessed evening folks. I am off to my Ukrainian class. Please pray for Canada during our federal election tonight. God bless! :)
 
01:15:06 Erick Chastain: will do!
 
01:15:49 renwitter: “Do we all flap” 😂😂😂😂😂😂
 
01:16:06 renwitter: Made. My. Night
 
01:21:48 Rachel (30): thank you
 
01:21:51 D Fraley: Thanks Father David

 

 

Letters of Spiritual Direction to a Young Soul - Letter Sixty-Three Part II

Letters of Spiritual Direction to a Young Soul - Letter Sixty-Three Part II

September 16, 2021

Tonight we concluded Letters 63. St. Theophan began to speak with Anastasia about something that was near and dear to her heart - singing and playing the piano. Theophan does not demonize music; but he does understand the impact that it has upon the soul, either to elevate it or to drag it down. Its beauty can make us transcend ourselves, while its coarseness can make us insensitive to that which is beautiful. Therefore, Theophan counsels Anastasia to acknowledge the fact that her abilities are a gift from God. Part of her gratitude for these gifts is to use them in the way that He would intend them to be used and that she would turn them to the praise of God. At this moment, Theophan sees that she had only used them to amuse herself and others and has made no mention of God whatsoever. His words are rather sober and stern, but he wants her to understand that her music can speak to the human heart and do the same thing that a good preacher does in church. The fruit of her gift is to edify others as well as herself. However, sensitive to the fact that her taste in music has developed over the course of years, he counsels her to take things slowly and not to make sudden changes. 

In closing, Theophan warns Anastasia not to make herself eccentric in the eyes of others and to avoid idiosyncrasies. Rather she has to focus on being good humored and cheerful. Even her laughter must be such that it is not done at the expense of the others but rather is sensitive to the tenderness of the human heart. Likewise she is not to be gloomy in anyway. Her focus upon Christ and his presence in others should foster a joyfulness in her heart. She must never lose sight of the good things the God has created and the good things that exists in others.

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Text of chat during the group:

00:28:38 renwitter: My alarm is Agni Parthene!
 
00:54:13 Eric Williams: Striving to be a saintly parent for our kids is HARD.
 
00:56:09 Eric Williams: Imagine what love and holiness could be brought to the world if it were full of living saints!
 
00:59:16 Eric Williams: Even better than battleships: arks to rescue humanity from the floods of sin and evil in the world!
Catholic coast guard!
 
01:01:42 Eric Williams: Could you share a PDF of “The Ascetic Heart”, Father?
 
01:02:21 renwitter: It is on the website, Eric! At www.thepittsburghoratory.org/philokalia-ministries, scroll down to “documents.” You can download it right from there.
 
01:04:09 Carol Nypaver: Thanks, Ren!  I was trying to find it too!
 
01:04:44 renwitter: Oh! Its not there! I will add it tomorrow :-) Check back around noon.
 
01:05:01 Carol Nypaver: Will do!
 
01:05:13 Art: On Dancing, St. John Vianney
 
Is it not there, my dear brethren, that the boys and the girls drink at
the fountain of crime, which very soon, like a torrent or a river
bursting its banks, will inundate, ruin, and poison all its
surroundings? Go on, shameless fathers and mothers, go on into
Hell, where the fury of God awaits you, you and all the good actions
you have done in letting your children run such risks. Go on, they
will not be long in joining you, for you have outlined the road
plainly for them. Go and count the number of years that your boys
and girls have lost, go before your Judge to give an account of your
lives, and you will see that your pastor had reason to forbid these
kinds of diabolical pleasures! . . .Ah, you say, you are making more 
of it than there really is!
 
01:06:24 Carol Nypaver: Wow, Art!  Thank you.
 
01:06:24 Eric Williams: We’re drowning in data, but there’s precious little information, even less knowledge, and wisdom is rarer than hens’ teeth!
 
01:08:32 Eric Williams: news motto: “If it bleeds, it leads.”
 
01:11:16 Cathy: i agree Ren!
 
01:20:14 Eric Williams: I teach my kids that a good joke is one that all parties enjoy, not one that makes us laugh at the expense of someone else.

 

The Evergetinos - Vol. I, Hypothesis IX, Part II

The Evergetinos - Vol. I, Hypothesis IX, Part II

September 14, 2021

We continued this evening with our reading of Hypothesis IX. As always the stories that we are given from the Fathers are both comforting and fiercely challenging. 

We heard first about how saintly souls are able to see divine things. Because of their purity of heart and by the grace of God they are able to have a vision of things beyond the limits of the human mind and our capacity for perceiving the hidden realities around us. 

We also heard about the reality of Hell itself through the experience of these holy Fathers. Hell is presented very much as the opposite of the complete intimacy and communion the faithful soul shares with the eternal Trinity. If that life is lacking in nothing and knows the fullness of love, Hell is the experience of complete isolation from God and one another. Those who were blessed to receive the fullness of revelation in Christ, those who know His teaching and yet turned away from it, come to experience the deeper loss. For the judgment that comes upon them is not only due to their sinful actions and deeds, it also due to the fact that they have lead others to blaspheme the name of God and to insult God. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

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Text of chat during the group:

00:13:20 D Fraley: Would you go back?
 
00:14:35 Rachel (30): FR. John McGuckin has a good talk on St. Cyril
 
00:14:47 Rachel (30): Do you have pictures of the Sinai icons?
 
00:16:30 Ashley Kaschl: I’m with you, Ren. It’s WAY easier to warm up than cool off.
 
00:38:18 Rachel (30): Yes! Exactly what I was hoping to be addressed today. The renewal of the Church through the Fathers..
 
00:39:51 Rachel (30): I have encountered suspicion at times, in the West, of the Fathers, the writings of the Philokalia, Cassian, Climacus, Maximos,,I think it our blessing, priviledge and patrimony..to be able to have access to these teachings and writings.
 
00:42:30 Ambrose Little: “I agree with all that you have said.”
 
00:42:50 Carol Nypaver: 😆
 
00:56:45 Carol Nypaver: Why are they being punished for not knowing God?  Why wouldn’t they be in Purgatory?
 
01:04:36 Erick Chastain: This is called limbo, a section of hell for virtuous pagans
 
01:06:47 Carol Nypaver: So “limbo” is part of Hell?
 
01:12:16 renwitter: There is a document put forward by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 that marks a firm turn away from any idea of limbo in the Catholic faith. Pope Benedict said that the idea of limbo should be abandoned because it had always been always “only a theological hypothesis” and “never a defined truth of faith.” It would seem that the main motivation for this clarification on the part of the Church was that limbo was seen as unjustly limiting the mercy of God.
 
01:16:58 Carol Nypaver: Someone who never knew God being condemned to Hell seems like a limit to God’s Mercy. (Not trying to be argumentative, just genuinely confused)
 
01:21:57 renwitter: I was just speaking to the idea of limbo. All I can think about this story is something we have spoken about in the past - that in these writings there is not a distinction made between hell and purgatory as we think of them, and that hell is often used in a way that we would use purgatory. The very fact that they can receive any consolation at all seems to be a clue into the nature of the place - not hopeless. Again, I don’t actually know, but this is something we have spoken about in the past.
 
01:22:25 renwitter: Of course, hell is often spoken of also in the way we would think about it.
 
01:24:43 Ambrose Little: I think we can focus too much on figuring out the circles of hell. :) The underlying point in this passage seems to be that it is a greater sin to know God and turn away from him than to never have known him but not believe. This is supported in Scripture, too.
 
01:25:28 renwitter: Great point, Ambrose. And one that always makes me feel so doomed. :-(
 
01:26:17 Rachel (30): the distortion is in the understanding
 
01:27:06 Ambrose Little: Throw yourself on the mercy of God! Be that “valiant struggler” and repent immediately every time you sin.
 
01:28:42 Ambrose Little: Those whom the Lord loves, He chastises. People don’t recognize that the “hardness” of God is for our own good.
 
01:30:06 Carol Nypaver: “It is through suffering that the soul is purified.”
 
01:30:42 Eric Williams: Blame my cat ;)

 

Letters of Spiritual Direction to a Young Soul - Letter Sixty-Three Part I

Letters of Spiritual Direction to a Young Soul - Letter Sixty-Three Part I

September 10, 2021

We began Letter 63 this evening entitled “Singing and Music.”However, St. Theophan begins first by discussing with Anastasia how she engages in the tasks of the day and fulfilling her duties. His counsel to her speaks directly to us as well in our own day. The work that we engage in is to be free from trouble and cares. Otherwise the heart becomes agitated. We must strive to work calmly; for if we do not everyday life becomes a hindrance to the spiritual life and our activity and occupations are done in vain. A hubbub always results in the spiritual life getting nowhere at all. Thus, we must distinguish proper zeal from improper care and worries. 

Theophan then moves on to address some specific concerns of Anastasia about what is near and dear to her heart; singing and playing the piano. As with everything else, Theophan warns Anastasia that she must be discriminating. We are in a constant state of receptivity and music more than most things has an incredible power over the soul; either in elevating it or dragging it down. Theophan does not demonize music for he sees its true value.  He tells her that it is impossible for her to change everything at once. However, she must give due attention to the content of the music that she sings and plays. She must become more discerning and so choosing songs that have a more tolerable content; gradually setting aside and forgetting others that become a mere distraction. Admittedly, this may be very difficult for the modern mind to accept. The norm is to be completely immersed in the noise of the world and to surround ourselves with music in almost every setting. Yet, for the person who desires to please God in all things, nothing must escape the scrutiny of love and the desire for intimacy. Music may be enticing and stimulating but it may also be an obstacle to our relationship with God.

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Text of chat during the group:

00:09:27 renwitter: pghco.org/evergetinos
 
00:09:30 renwitter: pghco.org/theophan
 
00:54:46 Samuel + Christina: Harmonium is a reed organ
 
00:55:01 D Fraley: A harmonium is like an accordion.
 
01:10:19 Karl MacMillan: I still will argue that Appetite for Destruction by Guns n Roses is just about the perfect rock album - even if I can't really listen to it anymore.
 
01:11:28 renwitter: What about Valaam chant?
 
01:11:41 Erick Chastain: I love valaam chant!
 
01:12:32 Alexander Pearson: Valaam?
 
01:12:56 Carol Nypaver: They have the most beautiful YouTube videos.
 
01:13:12 Karl MacMillan: I think everyting has been downhill since the introduction of polyphony :)
 
01:13:31 Rachel (30): Thank you
 
01:14:34 renwitter: PSA. These are the links for the Monday and Wednesdays:
 
01:14:35 renwitter: pghco.org/evergetinos
pghco.org/theophan
 
01:14:56 Rachel (30): Thank you a thousand times. God bless.
 
01:15:38 Cathy: What a wonderful way to end mt day.  Blessings!
 
01:15:51 D Fraley: Thank you Fr David.

 

The Evergetinos - Vol. I, Hypothesis IX, Part I

The Evergetinos - Vol. I, Hypothesis IX, Part I

September 7, 2021

Tonight we began Hypothesis IX on “where the souls of the dying go and how they exist after the separation from the body.”  We are presented both with the experience of the Saints as they witness the death of others their ascent to heaven and also the experience of those who witness, through the action of God and his Angels,  both Hell and the joys of Heaven. 

Our contemplation of these stories is meant to foster kind of urgency within us. We are not to lose ourselves in empty speculation but rather allow the stories to stir within us the desire for God and a spirit of repentance. We are taught that we must have no illusions about our capacity to choose darkness, to dull the conscience, to such an extent that we choose freely the path that leads away from God. It is a frightening prospect but it is also a saving truth.

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Text of chat during the group: 

00:28:47 renwitter: PSA: From now on, the link for this group will always be pghco.org/evergetinos
 
00:29:00 renwitter: The one for Wednesday will be pghco.org/theophan
 
00:35:24 Ambrose: Now we know why the father spoke so little. He could never get a word in edgewise. :)
 
00:50:20 Mark J. Kelly: Erick’s point reminds me of a great quote by Blaise Pascal, “To those who seek God, He gives sufficient light.  To those who do not seek Him, He gives sufficient darkness.”
 
00:50:52 Ashley Kaschl: Gotta go! See ya Wednesday. 😁
 
01:12:51 renwitter: The Church of the Quivering Brethren
 
01:13:22 Rachel (30): Referring to hidden things from ourselves and not living fully in Christ, I think St. Climacus speaks about this in the beginning of The Ladder. He relates a story of a monk who was living an unspeakably sinful life until he confessed his sins and not only to the priest alone but the whole community.
 
01:17:11 renwitter: For those who joined the group a little later tonight. PSA: From now on, the link for this group will always be pghco.org/evergetinos
The one for Wednesday will be pghco.org/theophan
 
01:20:10 Miron Kerul Kmec: will we get e-mail tooo?
 
01:22:09 renwitter: Yes! For each group
 
01:26:15 Ambrose: “There but for the grace of God go I.”
 
01:30:32 Rachel (30): Thank you.
 
01:31:26 D Fraley: Thank you
Letters of Spiritual Direction to a Young Soul - Letter Sixty-Two Part II

Letters of Spiritual Direction to a Young Soul - Letter Sixty-Two Part II

September 2, 2021

Tonight we concluded Letter 62 on Active Warfare with the passions. Increasingly, Theophan offers more and more practical counsel to Anastasia. Active warfare against the passions includes specific ascetical practices such as fasting, the ordering of sleep and other appetites, avoiding certain forms of entertainment; basically anything that is formative and helps one to be more attentive to God and is conducive to cleansing the passions from the heart. This requires arranging our life and the course of the events in such a way that make us responsive to the action of God‘s grace and providence. God will often bring things together in such a way that events coalesce in order for Him to cleanse us of the passions and grind to dust the squalid and selfishness and stubborn egoism which maintain the passions and destroy the person. Theophan is very much part of a tradition that tells us to kill the passions both inwardly and externally, while cultivating good behavior and giving for range and exercise to the disciplines that cleanse the heart. Theophan reminds her of all the things that she must be attentive to; such as, engaging in spiritual reading, daily scripture readings, self-mortification, and renouncing oneself when necessary. All of these things he has taught Anastasia and simply leaves her with the thought - “May God speed.” Indeed, may God swiftly cleanse our hearts and draws us to His own.

The Evergetinos - Vol. I, Hypothesis VIII Part III

The Evergetinos - Vol. I, Hypothesis VIII Part III

August 31, 2021

Continuing with Hypothesis VIII and considering the experience of those who die and come back to life, we are brought to a place of self-reflection that we often resist. The only thing that we take out of this world is either our virtue or our vice. Saint Ephraim tells us tonight that it is the it voice of these sins that will bear witness to the truth about our lives before God. 

Again we must strive to think about this in the full context of our faith and what God has revealed to us. God, we are told, wills that all be saved and does everything in his power to bring us to salvation. In His Son He has revealed to us his love and his mercy and he has given us the fullness of his grace in order to elevate us to the very life and the love of the Trinity. We must see our lives in light of this ultimate reality and our engagement with the world around us must be given shaped by this distinctive identity. There is no in-between state for us as Christian men and women. Life has been given to us for repentance; that is, in order to turn toward God and to receive his grace and mercy. We must not through heedlessness or sloth elevate other things above God and make them our idols. The stories that we are presented with tonight call out to us: “Now is the time, now is the moment of salvation.” Let us pray that we would have ears to hear.

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Text of chat during the group:

00:11:56 John Clark: The 3 key ingredients in French cooking..Butter..butter..and butter!
 
00:34:11 Ambrose: gaudium et spes
 
00:37:39 Lilly: in the wise words of an old man ... ‘god meets us where we are’
 
00:40:06 Tyler Woloshyn: Like the Old Testament Brazen Snake was made for good, it did get corrupted when misused for the wrong reasons.  It can be the same when people worship liturgy above God.
 
00:40:15 Joseph Muir: Thank God that He does, Lily!
 
00:57:11 Tyler Woloshyn: A priest once said, he would rather encounter people who are "theologically stupid" rather than the  career theologian who runs people over to put them down to reach the next theology book."
 
00:58:56 Joseph Muir: Which reminds me all the more, Tyler, that the greatest theologians are those who pray the most❤
 
00:59:41 Ambrose: GS 44-45 touch on this engagement as well as the priority of the Gospel and the person and work of Christ.
 
01:02:20 Eric Williams: At least you didn’t quote Only The Good Die Young. ;)
 
01:02:28 Tyler Woloshyn: Praying without ceasing makes great theologians. Good input their Joseph about prayerful theologians.
 
01:02:58 Joseph Muir: Hahahaha, wait, what Billy Joel song was he referencing?
 
01:06:24 Ambrose: Fr. A shared this recently. Thought it was great. If you are an eye-witness of your brother falling [into sin], say without hesitation: “A curse on you, Satan! My brother is not to blame”, and strengthen your heart against judging your brother, or the Holy Spirit will withdraw from you.
Anonymous Sayings of the Desert Fathers
 
01:06:30 Eric Williams: Even vice is sort of a product now (maybe always was?). “Collect them all! Don’t be left out!”
 
01:09:40 Eric Williams: Billy Joel lyric:
 
01:09:45 Eric Williams: “You can get just so much
From a good thing
You can linger too long
In your dreams
Say goodbye to the
Oldies but goodies
‘Cause the good ole days weren’t
Always good
And tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems”
 
01:10:10 Eric Williams: Keeping the Faith, from the album An Innocent Man
 
01:10:40 Francesca pineda (30): Oh no! I missed what Paul of Thebes said because my phone died!
 
01:15:06 Francesca pineda (30): Thank you

 

Letters of Spiritual Direction to a Young Soul - Letter Sixty-One Part II, Letter Sixty-Two Part I

Letters of Spiritual Direction to a Young Soul - Letter Sixty-One Part II, Letter Sixty-Two Part I

August 26, 2021

St. Theophan continues to nourish the young Anastasia with solid food. He guides her deeper and deeper into the spiritual life and warfare. 

We began this evening with Letter 61 where Theophan teaches Anastasia about guarding the senses of hearing and sight. Often the present generation neglects the constant state of receptivity that we find ourselves in as human beings; the intense amount stimuli that the mind and the heart have to engage. We must learn to discriminate between those things that are destructive to our relationship with God or those things that help to elevate it. 

In Letter 62 Theophan begins to make a distinction between active warfare with the passions and spiritual warfare. The spiritual warfare is everything that he has been speaking to her about; guarding the thoughts, feelings, and the desires that give rise to the Passions.  To progress in this arena is the larger part of the spiritual life and leads to holiness. However, active warfare with the passions consist in the deliberate undertaking and carrying out of actions that are directly opposed to the Passions. This, to combat pride a person might embrace a humble occupation or to combat carousing one might stay at home more frequently. When the inner spiritual warfare is tied to this active combat, the passions will soon be defeated. This makes Theophan‘s counsel priceless.

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Text of chat during the group:

01:08:33 Eric Williams: Tiny homes would be wonderful blessings for the homeless, if only so many cities didn’t ban them for violating building codes (for minimum square footage). :(
 
01:17:48 Natalia Wohar: Watch the movie “1917”
 
01:17:57 Eric Williams: You’re a Theophan…fan ;)
 
01:18:40 Rachel: Thank you.

 

The Evergetinos - Vol. I, Hypothesis VIII Part II

The Evergetinos - Vol. I, Hypothesis VIII Part II

August 25, 2021

There are times when reading the Fathers or the gospel when one walks away feeling as if the earth is shifting beneath one’s feet; or one begins to question their perception of who they are, their identity as a Christian, and whether or not they are living it fully or if it is an illusion. As difficult as it is to consider such things, and as hard as they strike at the heart, they are often the most important things for us to reflect upon. To consider the truth about death and judgment as in Hypothesis VIII in an unvarnished fashion and to let it create tension within the mind and the heart, is something that perhaps relatively few people are willing to do. We grow comfortable in our illusions. To understand that we are being invited into the very mystery of God, the mystery of our redemption and the life that it is made possible, requires a willingness to make an ascent of faith. It means to allow ourselves to let go of all limitations and to allow God to draw us through the darkness of our faith to comprehend what he desires to reveal to us and as he desires to reveal to us. It is always love that is behind this but our experience of it and our resistance to it in our sin or our fear can make us turn away. Like Saint Peter it is our love and trust in Christ at those moments, when our sensibilities rebel or recoil, that allows us to say, “Lord where are we to go? You have the words of everlasting life.“

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Text of chat during the group:

00:54:00 Lilly Crystal: The last sentence “Now, at the setting of the sun, you remember God?” reminds me of the Hymn sung at Vespers- O Joyful Light
 
01:07:43 Ambrose: That always gives me tingles.
 
01:22:33 D Fraley: Thank you Fr David.

 

 

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