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Peter of Damascus: “The perfect man will certainly become the equal of the angels”

14 October 2019

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“The perfect man will certainly become the equal of the angels, as the Lord affirms; but he will do so in the resurrection of the dead, and not in this present world. Even then the perfect will not be angels, but ‘equal to the angels’ (Lk. 20:36). This means that men cannot forsake their own nature, though like angels they can become changeless through grace and released from all necessity, free in everything they do, possessing ceaseless joy, love of God, and all that ‘the eye has not seen, and the ear has not heard’ (I Cor. 2:9).”

St. Peter of Damascus

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Justice Story: “Christianity necessary to the support of civil society”

14 October 2019

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“One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law. . . . There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations. . . . I verily believe Christianity necessary to the support of civil society.”

Justice Joseph Story, Life and Letters of Joseph Story, William W. Story, editor (Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1851), Vol. II, pp. 8, 92

 

Joseph Story (1779-1845) was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States by President James Madison. Story is considered to be the founder of Harvard Law School and authored the three-volume classic Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States

 

 

 

Cyril of Jerusalem: “Very great was the wound of man’s nature”

13 October 2019

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“Very great was the wound of man’s nature; ‘from the feet to the head there was no soundness in it;’ none could apply ‘mollifying ointment, neither oil, nor bandages’ (Isaiah 1:6). Then bewailing and wearying themselves, the Prophets said, ‘Who shall give salvation out of Zion” (Psalm 14:7)? And again, “Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, and upon the Son of man Whom You made strong for Yourself: thus we will not leave You’ (Ps. 80:17-18). And another of the Prophets entreated saying, ‘Bow the heavens, O Lord, and come down’ (Pssalm 144:5). The wounds of man’s nature pass our healing. ‘They killed Your Prophets and tore down Your altars’ (I Kings. 19:10). The evil is irretrievable by us and needs God to retrieve it. The Lord heard the prayer of the Prophets. The Father disregarded not the perishing of our race; He sent forth His Son, the Lord from heaven, as healer.”

St. Cyril of Jerusalem

 

 

 

 

Justice David Brewer: “an historical, legal, and social truth”

13 October 2019

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“I have said enough to show that Christianity came to this country with the first colonists; has been powerfully identified with its rapid development, colonial and national, and today exists as a mighty factor in the life of the republic. This is a Christian nation. . . . The calling of this republic a Christian nation is not a mere pretence, but a recognition of an historical, legal, and social truth.”

Justice David Brewer (1837-1910), in his book titled “The United States: A Christian Nation” (Philadelphia: John C. Winston Company, 1905) pp. 40, 46

 

 

 

John of Kronstadt: “Christ fulfilled obedience”

12 October 2019

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“Adam became so proud that he wished to become God and died for his pride; the Son of God humbled Himself unto death, and gave life to the fallen. O abyss of humility! Adam and Eve lost themselves through gluttony, the Lord fasted and died for them, in order to give them life. They were disobedient, Christ fulfilled obedience.”

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Harry S. Truman: “a Christian Nation”

12 October 2019

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“This is a Christian Nation. More than a half century ago that declaration was written into the decrees of the highest court in this land.”

Harry S. Truman, “Exchange of Messages With Pope Pius XII,” American Presidency Project, August 1947.

 

He was probably referring to a 1892 Supreme Court decision, Church of the Holy Trinity v. U. S., 143 U. S. 457, 465, 470-471 (1892), which affirmed America as “a Christian Nation.”

Or he might have been thinking of the Supreme Court decision, U.S. v. Macintosh, 283 U.S. 605, 625 (1931), which noted that America was filled with “Christian people.”

Then again there is also the Supreme Court decision, Vidal v. Girard’s Executors, 43 U. S. 126, 198 (1844) which declared that America was “a Christian country,”

 

 

 

 

John of Kronstadt: “when all longed for a Deliverer”

11 October 2019

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“The Lord, before His Incarnation, let mankind experience all the bitterness of sin, all their powerlessness to eradicate it; and when all longed for a Deliverer, then He appeared, the most wise, all-powerful Physician and Helper. When men hungered and thirsted after righteousness, as it grew weaker, then the everlasting righteousness came.”

St. John of Kronstadt