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John of Kronstadt: “When you pray”

29 March 2020

John of Kronstadt


“When you pray either aloud or to yourself for others ? for instance, for the members of your household or for strangers, even though they may not have asked you to do so ? pray for them with the same ardor and zeal as you would pray for yourself. Remember the commandment of the law: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ (Lev. 19:18). Observe this rule upon all occasions.”

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ








Kierkegaard: “but your neighbor is easy to recognize”

28 March 2020

good samaritan


“If anyone asks, ‘Who is my neighbor?’ then Christ’s reply to the Pharisee, who asked this same question, contains the only answer, for in answer to this question Christ turned everything around. Christ says: ‘Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among robbers?’ The Pharisee answers correctly, ‘The one who showed him mercy’ (Lk. 10:36). This means that by doing your duty you easily discover who your neighbor is. The Pharisees’s answer is contained in Christ’s question. He towards whom I have a duty is my neighbor, and when I fulfill my duty, I prove that I am a neighbor. Christ does not speak about recognizing our neighbor but about being a neighbor yourself, about proving yourself to be a neighbor, something the Samaritan showed by his compassion. Choosing a lover, finding a friend, yes that is a long, hard job, but your neighbor is easy to recognize, easy to find – if you yourself will only recognize your duty and be a neighbor.”

Soren Kierkegaard, Provocations

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Gregory Palamas: “athirst for the water of salvation”

27 March 2020

woman at the well


“While He [the Lord Jesus] was sitting alone by the well, ‘There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water’ (John 4:7). As man, the Lord was thirsty, and saw that someone who was naturally thirsty was coming to quench her thirst. As God, however, He also saw that her heart was athirst for the water of salvation, although she did not know Him Who could give it to her. So He hastened to reveal Himself to her longing soul for, as it is written, He Himself longs for those who long for Him (cf. Ps. 9:10; Prov. 7:15).”

St. Gregory Palamas, Homily Nineteen

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David French: “The mainly progressive effort to restrict the free exercise of religion”

27 March 2020

David French



“The mainly progressive effort to restrict the free exercise of religion is plainly illiberal and contrary to the constitutional order. If there is one single legal strand that ties together the myriad threats to religious liberty and free speech in the United States — efforts to coerce Catholic hospitals and adoption agencies into violating their convictions, to toss Christian student groups off campuses, to force Christian institutions to facilitate access to abortifacients, to compel the speech of Christian creative professionals, or to place in doubt the accreditation and tax exemptions of Christian educational institutions — it’s that they depend for their success on inverting the proper constitutional order.”

David French








E. Michael Jones: “categories of the mind being imposed upon us”

27 March 2020






“God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate him shall flee before him!”

Psalm 68:1

Dimitru Staniloe: “lay aside all earthly care”

26 March 2020

Dimitru Staniloe


“This care is opposed to the other…It arise when we “lay aside all earthly care,” because it means the care to lease God, not to please the world and to take part in its pleasures and to be exempt from its pain. This care grows from the responsibility which man has for his true self, satisfying this command of responsibility, it is at the same time a continual launching out of man beyond himself, toward the source of eternal life…  It too includes a fear, but it is man’s fear that death ends all, and that this fear alone will succeed in delivering him from what he fears.
Man must escape from the first care in order to become available to God.  Then he is free from the passionate state; he has gained dispassion… Purification aims at the liberation from this care… By fulfilling the will of God, our authentic nature is realized.
This care comes when we “lay aside all earthly care.” Our first steps in Orthodox Spirituality then involve practices that help us do this.”

Fr. Dimitru Staniloe








“He sent out his word and healed them”

25 March 2020





“He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.” 

Psalm 107:20