Today is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. It is the second Sunday of the Pre-Lenten period.
“The Lord overlooks nothing. Even secrets are open to Him. Let us then do everything as if He were dwelling in us. Thus we shall be His temples, and H will be within us as our God – as He actually is. This will be clear to us just to the extent that we love Him rightly.” ~~ St. Ignatius of Antioch. Letter to the Ephesians.
“When, in my wretchedness I ran away from Thy fatherly love, I squandered in wickedness the riches Thou hadst given me. And so now, like the Prodigal Son, I cry out to Thee: I have sinned in Thy sight, O Merciful Father: receive me now that I repent and make me as one of Thy hired servants” ~~ Kontakion, Sunday of the Prodigal Son
About a year ago, his Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah addressed the meeting of the ACNA at which he delineated a number of things that must be jettisoned were real ecumenical dialogue to occur between the Orthodox and this newest iteration of Anglicanism. Among the eschewed was what his Beatitude called “the heresy of Calvinism.” That very weekend, while attending a reception for my nephew John and his new bride Becca, her father, a minster of the Reformed Episcopal Church, and a friend of mine from some years back (more than twenty: we had attended seminary together, we both served as clergy in the PCA parish in Allentown, PA), accosted me wanting to know what was heretical about Calvinism. The following post(s) is my reply.
This, like any essay on some historical ism, immediately demands an explanation of what exactly that ism entails. The matter becomes more urgent when certain people wish…
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Although information about the massive Ebola epidemic in West Africa is scary, it is important to realize there are NO cases that have occurred due to exposure in the USA. There are only 4 or 5 people, medical workers, who have been brought to the USA (because they are US citizens) for treatment – and the treatment has been successful in most of them. The 2 that are newest arrivals are still under treatment.
The news media is NOT the best place to get accurate information. The best place to get accurate information is the CDC website. The information is updated as soon as there is new information. The Ebola pages on the website begin HERE.
A downloadable PDF Infographic can be found HERE.
As a nurse, I can only say, please do not be misled by overblown…
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I recently visited a “Christian” Facebook page and immediately encountered one of the worst, most vicious tirades I have ever seen. Needless to say, I shall NOT return to that page!
I had basically “abandoned” my blogs. I would go months without posting. I had become a “Facebook person.” Well, Facebook has not proven to be what I had hoped. I’ll still post there, but I’ve decided to blog more.
Fortitude 4 RA posted the following on her blog.
I know the person she refers to. And I have a pretty good idea what is going on. If I’m right, then it is something I know all too well. It is something each person has to walk through at their own terms and in their own way. This person is on my prayer list – the Intensive Prayer Unit. It is all I can do until the problem is shared.
Rather than tear people apart, it is better to be quiet and pray for them, if you are the “praying kind.” If not, just think kindly of them and keep quiet.
How does that saying go?
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
This is an excellent post. And the ones following it, a study of the parts of the Liturgy for children of all ages, is just what I wish had been available when I was teaching Sunday School!