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Thursday, July 2, 2020

  “All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is good, and my burden is light.” (Mt 11: 27-30)

     Today, on the day of the repose of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco (+1966), I’m thinking about the light and lightness of the cross-carrying Way. It so often emanated from this holy bishop, as those who knew him testify. And gratefully for those of us who did not know him, it is captured on some photos of him. He so completely gave himself up to...

Friday, February 15, 2019

    “Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace! / From you shone the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God. / Enlightening those who sit in darkness! / Rejoice, and be glad, O righteous elder; / You accepted in your arms the Liberator of our souls (τὸν ἐλευθερωτὴν τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν), / Who grants us the Resurrection.” (Troparion-hymn of the Meeting of the Lord)

     Today, as those of us on the Older Calendar celebrate the great feast of the Meeting of the Lord, when He was brought into the temple on the 40th day after His birth, I’m wondering what this means, that Christ is “the liberator of our souls.” It means that my previous bondage is no more, when I “accept in my arms,” as did the “righteous elder” St. Symeon, the One sent to us by our Father in heaven. In His incarnation...

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