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 on: Yesterday at 05:33:49 PM 
Started by ChristianCatholic - Last post by CyrilSebastian
A quotation from St. Mark the Ascetic   
You should continually and increasingly call to mind all the blessings which God in His love     
has bestowed on you in the past, and still bestows for the salvation of your soul.

 on: Yesterday at 06:51:16 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'Many have fought in various ways against circumstances; but without prayer and repentance no one has escaped evil.'

St. Mark the Ascetic

 on: Yesterday at 06:51:02 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'Perfect love does not split up the single human nature, common to all, according to the diverse characteristics of individuals; but, fixing attention always on this single nature, it loves all men equally. It loves the good as friends and the bad as enemies, helping them, exercising forbearance, patiently accepting whatever they do, not taking the evil into account at all but even suffering on their behalf if the opportunity offers, so that, if possible, they too become friends. If it cannot achieve this, it does not change its own attitude; it continues to show the fruits of love to all men alike. It was on account of this that our Lord and God Jesus Christ, showing His love for us, suffered for the whole of mankind and gave to all men an equal hope of resurrection, although each man determines his own fitness for glory or punishment.'

St. Maximos the Confessor

 on: June 27, 2022, 07:01:33 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by Benedict
Saint Maximos the Confessor On the Lord's Prayer
"For hidden within a limited compass this prayer contains the whole purpose and aim of which we have just spoken; or, rather, it openly proclaims this purpose and aim to those whose intellects are strong enough to perceive them. The prayer includes petitions for everything that the divine Word effected through His self-emptying in the incarnation, and it teaches us to strive for those blessings of which the true provider is God the Father alone through the natural mediation of the Son in the Holy Spirit. For the Lord Jesus is mediator between God and men, as the divine apostle says (cf. 1 Tim; 2:5), since He makes the unknown Father manifest to men through the flesh, and gives those who have been reconciled to Him access to the Father through the Holy Spirit (cf. Eph. 2:18). It was on their behalf and for their sake that without changing He became man, and is now the author and teacher of so many and such great new mysteries as yet beyond our understanding.

Of these mysteries that He has granted to men in His boundless generosity, seven are of more general significance; and it is these whose power, as I have said, lies hidden within the Lord's Prayer. These seven are theology, adoption as sons by grace, equality with the angels, participation in eternal life, the restoration of human nature when it is reconciled dispassionately with itself, the abolition of the law of sin, and the destruction of the tyranny that holds us in its power through the deceit of the evil one. Let us examine the truth of what we have said. Theology is taught us by the incarnate Word of God, since He reveals in Himself the Father and the Holy Spirit. For the whole of the Father and the whole of the Holy Spirit were present essentially and perfectly in the whole of the incarnate Son. They themselves did not become incarnate, but the Father approved and the Spirit co-operated when the Son Himself effected- His incarnation. At the incarnation the Word preserved His intellect and His life unimpaired: except by the Father and the Spirit He was not comprehended in essence by any other being whatsoever, but in His love for men was united hypostatically with the flesh. The Word bestows adoption on us when He grants us that birth and deification which, transcending nature, comes by grace from above through the Spirit, The guarding and preservation of this in God depends on the resolve of those thus born: on their sincere acceptance of the grace bestowed on them and, through the practice of the commandments, on their cultivation of the beauty given to them by grace. Moreover, by emptying themselves of the passions they lay hold of the divine to the same degree as that to which, deliberately emptying Himself of His own sublime glory, the Word of God truly became man.

The Word has made men equal to the angels. Not only did He 'make peace through the blood of His Cross . . . between things on earth and things in heaven' (Col. 1:20), and reduce to impotence the hostile powers that fill in the intermediary region between heaven and earth, thereby making the festal assembly of earthly and heavenly powers a single gathering for His distribution of divine gifts, with humankind joining joyfully with the powers on high in unanimous praise of God's glory; but also, after fulfilling the divine purpose undertaken on our behalf, when He was taken up with the body which He had assumed. He united heaven and earth in Himself, joined what is sensible with what is intelligible, and revealed creation as a single whole whose extremes are bound together through virtue and through knowledge of their first Cause. He shows, I think, through what He has accomplished mystically, that the Word unites what is separated and that alienation from the Word divides what is united. Let us learn, then, to strive after the Word through the practice of the virtues, so that we may be united not only with the angels through virtue, but also with God in spiritual knowledge through detachment from created things."

 on: June 27, 2022, 05:57:32 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
Maximus (c. 580-662) also known as Maximus the Confessor, was a Christian monk, theologian, and scholar.

 on: June 27, 2022, 03:32:12 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'Nature and grace cannot subsist together in the same heart. The one must always make room for the other.'

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

 on: June 27, 2022, 03:32:02 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'For the greater glory of God, the important thing is not to do many things, but to do all things well.'

St. Bernadette Soubirous

 on: June 26, 2022, 05:17:12 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
                            {A} Our Lady's Delight   
                            {B} The pansy is named after the Virgin Mary, who is Our Lady.   
                            {C} Our Lady is honored with a May Crowning in May.   
                              planter planter planter planter planter planter planter planter planter planter planter planter planter planter

 on: June 26, 2022, 12:52:43 PM 
Started by Benedict - Last post by Shin
I'll look into this a little further later, but as of today I have extended the general editing time for posts several days more.

 on: June 26, 2022, 04:10:26 AM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'I shall do everything for Heaven, my true home. There I shall find my Mother in all the splendor of her glory. I shall delight with her in the joy of Jesus himself in perfect safety.'

St. Bernadette Soubirous

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