Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Eastern churches
Now that’s a great idea
There’s already a blog rather like that:

Throughout the theology of the eastern Church we encounter the certainty that the Holy Spirit works in ways that transcend human thought and imagination, ways that cannot, as a consequence, be contained within any theological paradigm, description, or speculation. Everything that is noble and truly good is an act of the Holy Spirit, and the fruits of the Spirit are the preeminent building blocks for harmonious coexistence: "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" (Gal 5:22). This assurance from the apostle Paul leads us to the conclusion that wherever these fruits are found, evidence of the activity of the Holy Spirit can be discerned. Moreover, there appears to be a great deal of such evidence in the lives of many Muslims.

In the end, our relationships and the dialogue we have with every human being are defined by our obligation to love in a way that includes everything and everyone, for this is the central core of Christianity: "God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him" (1 Jn 4:16). People who belong to another creed never lose their basic identity, their spiritual citizenship, so to speak. Even if they themselves choose to ignore it, they do not cease to be children of God, created in God's image, and consequently our brothers and sisters.
- Archbishop Anastasios (Yannoulatos)

Amen, amen, amen.

He is the Greek bishop who is reviving the Greek Orthodox community in historically Muslim Albania (ancient Illyria), a church all but wiped out during Communist rule (in 1967 Enver Hoxha banned religion, full stop, with no pretence of freedom like in the USSR).

They’re an historically, well, opportunistic people: when the Byzantines ruled them they were Greek Orthodox, when the Turks ruled them they were Muslims and when the Communists ruled them...

EWTN does a lot of good — I enjoy watching when travelling. I’ve rejoiced to see them slowly move over about two decades from the modern mainstream (with then-trendy arm-waving charismatism, or being loud for the fun of it) to not only conservative but semi-traditional! This past weekend I saw a good Mass (even though it’s been hobbled by the local wally bishop forcing them to do it versus populum) and an episode of ‘The Journey Home’ that was a wonderful witness to the Christian East: special guest Fr Terry Kraychuk, a Canadian born RC turned motorcycle-gang member who is now a thoroughly high-church Ukrainian Catholic priest (unusual for that group), рясса (cassock), cross and neckchain, камилавка (big hat) and all. Слава Богу.
Liberal church, you make me sick!
- Mother M. Angelica

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