At that time, Jesus entered the temple of God and drove out
all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the
tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold
pigeons. He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be
called a house of prayer'; but you make it a den of robbers."
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he
healed them. And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany
and lodged there.
In the morning, as
he was returning to the city, he was hungry. And seeing a fig
tree by the wayside he went to it, and found nothing on it but
leaves only. And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from
you again!" And the fig tree withered at once. When the disciples
saw it they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither at
I've walked up or down Port Road I've looked up the side street next
to the An Grianan Theater and wondered what
that building isit must be the most modern-looking one in townbut
the hill was so steep I kept walking. But this being the final blog
from the Republic at least on this visit, and the larder of "life-in"
photos being bare, today I made the climb and had to get close enough
to read the sign you see in the window to find out it's the Donegal
Arts Center. Rather impressive for a town of some twenty thousand
souls in a county in which it is the largest town, by far.
are moving and gathering in a way that portends possible heavy rain
as I make my way to points south and the trees are waving me goodbye.
See you from
Romania on August 10, Lord willing. «
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to news, features, research and opinion pieces. See caveats,
worldview - the mind of Christ (This department alternates with Writing stuff)
St. Paisios, who was glorified officially by the church only at the
beginning of this year, is bringing additional truth and new ways
of looking at it. The "mindset of secular people" or the
secular mindset, is the reason this department exists.
As C.S. Lewis
emphasized, in every generation there is a mindset (zeitgeist)
that prevails, and everyone partakes in it and is far more influenced
by it than people usually realize. That mindset of this post-modern
time in history is secularism, secularization, also called secular
humanism, which puts itself in opposition to the Christian or biblical
worldview that may have been dominant or at least formed the consensus
in earlier times. Not only should we need to decide what we want most,
we need to ask if the people we want to lead us nationally and locally
want the sympathy of the world more than they want a community in
communion with God.
The mind of
Christ is gained by spending time reading and meditating on His Words
and those of His Father, the fathers of the church, and the church's
liturgical prayers, and letting them permeate and become our zeitgeist. «
does not show humility who accuses himself (for who will not accept
rebukes from himself?), but he who, being rebuked by another, does
not decrease his love toward him.
John of the Ladder «
which, if not checked, will abolish Man goes on apace among Communists
and Democrats no less than among Fascists. The methods may (at first)
differ in brutality. But many a mild-eyed scientist in pince-nez,
many a popular dramatist, many an amateur philosopher in our midst,
means in the long run just the same as the Nazi rulers of Germany.
S. Lewis «
study notes: Today's
Gospel passages are both the prime examples of righteous anger
on Jesus' part, his driving the money-changers out of the
temple and cursing the fig tree. The people regarded Him as
Prophet enough to allow his cleansing the temple, as prophets
always were God's most direct conduits of His Word to His
people. In today's epistle passage, the prophetic gift in
the church is the main focus, and it implies that prophecy
was a widely distributed gift in the original church.
A word with
God: Lord make us faithful to proclaim your Word when
we receive it, and attentive to hear it as we go about our
lives today. In the name of the Father and the Son and the
Holy Spirit, Amen. «
important things; A word from God; a word
with God; taking stock of our place now; catching up on world and
social concerns ("headlines"); an inward reflection (worldview);
something to get you out; something to laugh about; some thoughts
to sharpen your thinking.
on "headlines"; links to articles on current issues—news,
features, research and opinion that may signify how the cultural winds
are blowing. Note that most 'news reports' are not 'objective' and
if some are 'neutral' it's because the writers and editors are disinterested
(could care less about the topic). Neither are 'news reports,' in
general, highly accurate or unbiased; try to discern the bias of any
report's source; always read aware and at your own risk. «
specified otherwise, none of the message memes used in this blog are
the creation or property of the author, but are reposted here from
the social networks. «
usually have not been vetted (and thus may be falsely attributed). «
used here are embedded from video websites (most frequently YouTube),
removed from the sites from which they were embedded, or permissions
on those sites change, causing them to "disappear" from
these pages. This is also likely to happen to links to articles
outside this site. This is beyond the control or remedy of this blog. «
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