Without the Holy Spirit, God is far away;
Christ stays in the past;
the Gospel is a dead letter;
the Church is simply an organization;
authority, a matter of domination;
mission, a matter of propaganda;
the liturgy, no more than an evocation;
Christian living, a slave morality.
But in the Holy Spirit the cosmos is resurrected and groans with the birth-pangs of the kingdom;
the risen Christ is there;
the Gospel is the source of life;
the Church shows forth the life of the Trinity;
authority is a liberating service;
mission is a Pentecost;
the liturgy is bothmemorial and anticipation;
human action is deified.
-Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch
Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a good man’s fortune; and many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger.
-St. Basil the Great
I set up an account on Twitter- I’m hoping it will help to reach more people, or make it easier for people to follow along with some of the shorter posts -especially where folks are using phones (like me) or other devices that don’t play all that well with WordPress…. I won’t be using Twitter in place of WordPress, but in conjunction with it 🙂
Here’s the link:
If you wish to live in the tradition, desire to be filled with the Spirit of God.
-St. Athanasius the Great