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Saturday, August 17, 2019

     

     …For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair…” (2 Cor 4: 6-8)

     As imperfect human beings in an imperfect world we do, at times, encounter “darkness,” both within and outside ourselves. But as Church or “ekklesia” (from “ekkaleo,” meaning, “to call out”), – as “those called out” by God to follow His Son, in communion with Him, we are never entirely light-less, even when encountering darkness. Because ours is a God Who knows how to deal with...

Friday, August 16, 2019

     

     “Then turning to the disciples he said privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes which see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.’” (Lk 10: 23-24)

     A busy mom sometimes writes to me, lamenting the fact that she has so little time for prayer. On some days, she writes, “all” she can “manage” is to venerate her icons alone in the morning and at night.

     But as I’m reading the passage quoted above, read today in our NC-churches, celebrating the famous “Image of the Lord ‘Not-Made-By-Hands’,” I’m thinking how, indeed, “blessed” are her (and our) “eyes which see” what they see, merely by directing their faithful gaze toward holy images. This is...

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