Understanding and Living Our Faith: Dealing with Feelings of Abandonment

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Dealing with Feelings of Abandonment

“Do not think that the Lord has abandoned you. No! He is always with you and invisibly sustains you, even when you forget Him. He will not burden you with trials beyond your capacity. Fear nothing, but with total humbleness and devotion bear your cross and pray.” (St. Innocent of...

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It’s the Father’s Good Pleasure to Give You the Kingdom

It’s the Father’s Good Pleasure to Give You the Kingdom

Sometimes in discussions with young people, I ask them this question: “If you were to die now, would you go to Heaven or Hell?” To my surprise, a large percentage of young people who are in the Church, participating in the Church sacraments, and living out their Christian life say...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — What’s So Divine About The Divine Liturgy? — Part 2:  A Brief History of Time

Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — What’s So Divine About The Divine Liturgy? — Part 2: A Brief History of Time

With Apologies to Stephen Hawking for the borrowed phrase, we now dive into what the Divine Liturgy is about, starting at the very beginning. The first declaration is the Priest’s intonation: “Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” We’ll stop here because this...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: Data ≠ Truth

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Data ≠ Truth

In a conversation with an old friend, we reminisced about building models of different kinds in our youth. Model cars, ships, airplanes—even dinosaurs and monsters were mentioned. A great joy welled up inside me as I remembered the experience of touching the plastic, of dipping the thin little paint brush...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: So Who’s an Expert of Faith?

Musings from a Grateful Convert: So Who’s an Expert of Faith?

“An Expert is a man with a briefcase who is more than fifty miles from home.” This little saying came to my ears in my youth and seems popular today. I was having lunch with a close friend the other day, and I remarked that a mutual friend of ours...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — Things That Don’t Matter Anymore, Episode 3:  Theological Arguing

Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — Things That Don’t Matter Anymore, Episode 3: Theological Arguing

This time around I present yet another item that is no longer a concern: Arguing Theology. So let’s start by defining “Theology”. According the Google online dictionary, we have: • the study of the nature of God and religious belief and also: • religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed...

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“Faith Seeking Understanding” (Part II): Clement of Alexandria

“Faith Seeking Understanding” (Part II): Clement of Alexandria

Editor’s note: Part I of this series may be found here. Without a doubt, the richest source for theological epistemology in pre-Nicene Christian literature is to be found in Clement of Alexandria (c. 150 – c. 215). In fact, it is Clement who gives us perhaps the most philosophically detailed...

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“Faith Seeking Understanding” (Part I): Patristic and Early Christian Touchstones

“Faith Seeking Understanding” (Part I): Patristic and Early Christian Touchstones

Christianity entered the Greco-Roman world as a religion of the incarnate Logos – word or reason – of God. With such a message and with the growth of conversions from the educated Hellenized culture, Christian theologians were compelled early on to reflect upon the “ways of knowing” – that is,...

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