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Metropolitan Jonah: “Learning to be silent inside like The Mother of God”

8 December 2021

Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen) speaking on the Feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God.

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Roosh Valizadeh: “profanity is the language of the demons”

7 December 2021

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“Every time you use a profane word, you crack open the door for the demons to tempt you, because profanity is the language of the demons. No such word is ever used around God’s throne. It’s what the demons use to darken your mind and turn it away from God and onto anger, judgment, vanity, sex, wrath, and violence. Profanity is a crutch for the lazy mind, a tool of the evil mind, and the vomit of the atheist mind. It should never escape the Christian’s tongue, and if it does, it should be confessed before your priest.”

Roosh Valizadeh

Read more here.

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“to pray, to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive, and to love”

7 December 2021

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Grant unto me, O Lord, that with peace of mind I may face all that this new day is to bring. 

Grant that I may surrender myself completely to Thy Holy Will.

For every hour of this day, instruct and support me in all things.

Whatsoever news I may receive today, do Thou teach me to accept tranquilly, in the firm conviction that all things fulfill Thy Holy Will.

Govern Thou my thoughts and feelings in all I do and say.

When things unforeseen occur, let me not forget that all things cometh down from Thee.

Teach me to behave sincerely and rationally toward all that I may bring confusion and sorrow to none.

Bestow upon me, my Lord, strength to endure the fatigue of the day, and to bear my part in all its passing events.

Guide Thou my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive, and to love. Amen

Optina Monastery daily prayer

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“Change happened before and it can happen again”

6 December 2021

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“We are heading to an abyss but I keep reminding myself that, if there is enough faith and will amongst honorable people, the abyss is not inevitable. My favorite example of a society that turned itself around is the difference between the utter debauchery and moral decay of Georgian England versus the rectitude and huge economic success of Victorian England.

“But we don’t have to look so far away in time and space. Instead, think of what happened to New York City as the leftists took control in the 1960s through 1980s. It was a dying city, with massive crime and structural decay. (Impressively, DeBlasio did in a handful of years what it took other Democrat mayors decades to accomplish. You can think of him as a communist overachiever.) Then, Rudy Giuliani became mayor and, with Bill Bratton as his police chief, they turned the city around. It once again became a thriving, exciting, clean, and safe metropolis.

“Preach the gospel of constitutional conservativism: That is, a society anchored by faiths that preach the golden rule to all, family, and hard work, with the strong underpinning of a limited government that owes fealty to the constitution and the rule of law. Change happened before and it can happen again.”

Andrea Widburg, The America Thinker

More here.

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This is a good article with several good points to make. My only objection is to say that you should preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that only.

Recognize the wisdom of constitutional conservatism.

– Theophilus

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W.H.Auden: ” the only knowledge which can be true for us”

5 December 2021

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“In our culture, we have all accepted the notion that the right to know is absolute and unlimited. The gossip column is one side of the medal; the cobalt bomb is the other. We are quite prepared to admit that, while food and sex are good in themselves, an uncontrolled pursuit of either is not, but it is difficult for us to believe that intellectual curiosity is a desire like any other, and to recognize that correct knowledge and truth are not identical. To apply a categorical imperative to knowing, so that, instead of asking, “What can I know?” we ask, “What, at this moment, am I meant to know?” — to entertain the possibility that the only knowledge which can be true for us is the knowledge that we can live up to — that seems to all of us crazy and almost immoral.”

W.H.Auden

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Paisios: “The world has turned into a madhouse”

4 December 2021

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“The situation is horrible. Madness has gone beyond all bounds. Apostasy is upon us, and now the only thing left is for the ‘son of perdition’ (2 Thess. 2:3) to come. The world has turned into a madhouse.”

St. Paisios of Mount Athos

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“this is not just a phase”

4 December 2021

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Society is increasingly being divided into two classes of people, and the class of people that is willingly conforming is being granted many “privileges” that the other group is being denied.

Many believe that this is “just a phase” and that things will eventually go back to normal.

But the truth is that this is not “just a phase” at all.”

Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge

Read more here.

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Roger Scruton: “Being unpopular”

3 December 2021

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“Being unpopular is never easy; but being unpopular in a good cause is a shield against despair.”

Roger Scruton

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Benedict XVI: “the Church is facing very hard times”

2 December 2021

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“Let us go a step farther. From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge — a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes, so it will lose many of her social privileges. In contrast to an earlier age, it will be seen much more as a voluntary society, entered only by free decision. As a small society, it will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members. Undoubtedly it will discover new forms of ministry and will ordain to the priesthood approved Christians who pursue some profession. In many smaller congregations or in self-contained social groups, pastoral care will normally be provided in this fashion. Along-side this, the full-time ministry of the priesthood will be indispensable as formerly. But in all of the changes at which one might guess, the Church will find her essence afresh and with full conviction in that which was always at her center: faith in the triune God, in Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man, in the presence of the Spirit until the end of the world. In faith and prayer she will again recognize the sacraments as the worship of God and not as a subject for liturgical scholarship.

The Church will be a more spiritual Church, not presuming upon a political mandate, flirting as little with the Left as with the Right. It will be hard going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek. The process will be all the more arduous, for sectarian narrow-mindedness as well as pompous self-will will have to be shed. One may predict that all of this will take time. The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution — when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain — to the renewal of the nineteenth century. But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.

“And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. It may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but it will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.”

Father Joseph Ratzinger, later to be Pope Benedict XVI, 1969

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Solzhenitsyn: “Lord, give me the strength”

1 December 2021

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“Lord, give me the strength to accomplish what You’ve given me to do and the faith to trust You that what I haven’t been able to accomplish You’ve already assigned to someone else.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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