Thought of the week

Thought for the week

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

 

Let us contemplate the person Jesus during his earthly life. In humanity he experienced our joys. He has manifestly known, appreciated and celebrated a whole range of human joys, those simple daily joys within the reach of everyone. The depth of his interior life did not blunt his concrete attitude or his sensitivity. He admires the birds of heaven, the lilies of the field. He extols the joy of the shepherd who recovers his sheep, the joy of those invited to the feast, the joy of a marriage celebration, the joy of the father who embraces his prodigal son, and the joy of a woman who had just brought her child into the world.

(Saint Paul VI, who was canonised on the 7 of October in Rome along with St. Oscar Romero.)

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Thought of the week

                                                                                         THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

“Do not imagine that you will overwhelm the demon of lust by entering into an argument with him. Nature is on his side and he has the best of the argument. So the man who decides to struggle against his flesh and to overcome it by his own efforts is fighting in vain. The truth is that unless the Lord overturns the house of the flesh and builds the house of the soul, the man wishing to overcome it has watched and fasted for nothing. Offer up to the Lord the weakness of your nature. Admit your incapacity and, without you knowing it, you will win for yourself the gift of chastity.” (St John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent.”

Thought of the week

 

                                                                                THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

 

Church attendance in the West today is not hit by persecution, but by seduction. The sword of the Ottoman janissary has been replaced by the lure of the shopping mall. The fear of starving to death has been replaced with the comfort of bacon and eggs for breakfast. The threat of arrest by centurions – the threat that led to the liturgical command to bar “the doors, the doors” before the recitation of the Creed – this threat has been replace by the missed email or missed sleep. (Fr. Geoffrey Korz, Orthodox Priest, Ontario, Canada)