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John of Kronstadt: “the malicious and furious violence of the passions”

14 December 2019

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“When you are subjected to the malicious and furious violence of the passions, and to the harassments of the Devil, during the fulfillment of various works for God, accept these sufferings as sufferings for the name of Christ, and rejoice in your sufferings, thanking God; for the Devil is preparing you, without knowing it himself, the most shining crowns from the Lord.”

St. John of Kronstadt





Lexington and Concord 1775, Harpers Ferry 1859 & Virginia 2020?

13 December 2019

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“In the Declaration of Independence, our forefathers wrote that some of the most important, unalienable rights were life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The rights and powers contained in the Bill of Rights all support those three unalienable rights. Most of the Bill of Rights are in support of the right of liberty. The Second Amendment is one of the few which supports all three. What good is your right to life without means to defend it? Those who claim that their right to life means that no one should be allowed arms are profoundly incorrect. Noted professor of law at the time of the Bill of Rights ratification St. George Tucker said “the right to self-defence is the first law of nature” and that the Second Amendment is “the true palladium of liberty.” A world without arms simply means that those with physical strength will take as they want. As the old saying goes, “God created men, but Sam Colt made them equal.” No tool so far invented is a greater equalizer in a fight against a superior opponent than a firearm.”

And this.

“The battles of Lexington and Concord were an attempt by our government to seize firearms so that the citizens could not fight back. They sparked the Revolutionary War. The raid on Harpers Ferry was an attempt to seize arms from the government so that slaves could fight for their freedom. It sparked the US Civil War. Could firearms confiscation in Virginia or in another state be the spark for a second, much uglier, civil war?”





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G. K. Chesterton: “The vault above us is not deaf”

13 December 2019

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“The vault above us is not deaf because the universe is an idiot; the silence is not the heartless silence of an endless and aimless world. Rather the silence around us is a small and pitiful stillness like the prompt stillness of a sick room. We are perhaps permitted tragedy as a sort of merciful comedy, because the frantic energy of divine things would knock us down like a drunken farce. We can take our own tears more lightly than we could take the tremendous levities of the angels. So we sit perhaps in a starry chamber of silence while the laughter of the heavens is too loud for us to hear.”

G. K. Chesterton






Kierkegaard: “There are two ways of reflection”

12 December 2019

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“There are two ways of reflection. For objective reflection, truth becomes an object, and the point is to disregard the knowing subject. By contrast, in subjective reflection truth becomes personal appropriation, a life, inwardness, and the point is to immerse oneself… When the question about truth is asked objectively, what is reflected upon is not the relation but the ‘what’ of the relation… when the question about truth is asked subjectively, the individual’s relation to the truth is what matters… God is a subject to be related to, not an object to be studied or meditated on… The person who chooses the subjective way immediately grasps the difficulty of trying to find God objectively. He understands that to know God means to resort to God, not by virtue of objective deliberation, but by virtue of the infinite passion of inwardness. Whereas objective knowledge goes along leisurely on the long road of deliberation, subjective knowledge considers every delay of decision a deadly peril. Knowing subjectively considers decision so important that it is immediately urgent, as if the delayed opportunity had already passed by unused.”

Soren Kierkegaard





Gregory of Nazianzus: “What competence have we here?”

11 December 2019

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” ‘The Holy Spirit Who proceeds from the Father’ (Jn. 15:26): Insofar as He proceeds from the Father, He is no creature; inasmuch as He is not begotten, He is no Son; and to the extent that procession is the mean between ingeneracy and generacy, He is God. Thus God escapes… syllogistic toils and shows Himself stronger than… exclusive alternatives. What, then, is ‘proceeding’? You explain the ingeneracy of the Father and I will give you a biological account of the Son’s begetting and the Spirit’s proceeding – and let us go mad… for prying into God’s secrets. What competence have we here? We cannot understand what lies under our feet, cannot count the sand in the sea, ‘the drops of rain or the days of this world’ (Sir. 1:2), much less enter into the ‘depths of God’ (I Cor. 2:10) and render a verbal account of a nature so mysterious, so much beyond words.”

St. Gregory of Nazianzus






John of Kronstadt: “How do we receive the highest mystery of Divine love to us?”

10 December 2019

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“How do we receive the highest mystery of Divine love to us ? the mystery of the Christian faith? With our mind, heart and life; with our free will? Are all the three powers of our souls penetrated by holy faith, as were the souls of the saints? The kingdom of heaven ‘is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till the whole was leavened’ (Lk. 13:21). The three measures are the three powers of the soul.”

St. John of Kronstadt





Pseudo-Dionysius: “The King Himself will come”

9 December 2019




“The King Himself will come, it says, and ‘have them sit at table and will serve them’ (Lk. 12:37). What this indicates is a certain common and harmonious sharing by the saints in the good things of God, an ‘assembly of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven and the spirits of just men made perfect’ (Heb. 12:23) and filled up by everything good. We must think of the leading to table as the rest from numerous labors, as a life without toil, as a commerce with God in light and in the land of the living, as a fullness of sacred joy, as the unstinted supply of everything blessed and good by means of which one is replete with happiness. It is Jesus Himself Who gladdens them and leads them to table, Who serves them, Who grants them everlasting rest, Who bestows and pours out on them the fullness in beauty.”