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A Sign of Hope for Christian Unity

#PopeFrancis and Patriarch Bartholomew I give blessing side by side at end of today's Mass #historic #popeinturkey pic.twitter.com/suJFjdOUO0 — Mary Shovlain (@maryshovlain) November 29, 2014 Lord, remember your Church throughout the world; make us grow in love, together with Francis, … Continue reading

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Installation Mass: Ecumenical and Interfaith Attendees

I am overjoyed to learn that the Patriarch of Constantinople will be attending Pope Francis’ installation mass!!! This is the first time in a thousand years that an Orthodox patriarch will be involved in the installation of the bishop of … Continue reading

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“Tasting Heaven on Earth”

Among the Western theological developments the East missed during this period were the definition of original sin as hereditary guilt; the rise of tariff penance with its consequent notions of satisfaction for sin, purgatory and indulgences; and the medieval sacramental … Continue reading

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Justification: More Views

This week I worked my way through the rest of Justification: Five Views. Michael Bird’s discussion of the Progressive Reformed perspective places the judicial metaphor in the context of Paul’s other language that draws on relational, covenantal, and eschatological themes … Continue reading

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A Catholic’s Perception of an Orthodox View of Paul, informed by Certain Homilies by St. John Chrysostom

Based on some prior familiarity with the Eastern Orthodox tradition, the relatively small bit of reading I’ve done in the Orthodox Study Bible (and reviews thereof), and several of the homilies of St. Chrysostom, I venture a response to the … Continue reading

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Talk with me about St. Paul

This summer, I’m doing an independent study course, Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Perspectives on Paul, with Dr. Michael Gorman. Independent studies are great, because you can tune them to your interests; but they’re a bit lonely, because you don’t have … Continue reading

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Lent Madness: Vote for Ephraim!

I’ve written before about St. Ephraim of Edessa, called the Harp of the Holy Spirit. He was a fourth century deacon, theologian, homilist, and most famously, hymn writer — over 400 of his hymns still exist today. Many of his … Continue reading

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Review: Sacred Shock: Framing Visual Experience in Byzantium

Sacred Shock: Framing Visual Experience in Byzantium by Glenn Peers My rating: 5 of 5 stars You would not believe there was so much to say about the framing of icons, but there is, and it’s all fascinating. Glenn Peers … Continue reading

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Schmemann on knowing the Holy Spirit

…this sequence — knowledge about, then knowledge of, and finally communion with — is reversed. There is nothing we can merely know about the Holy Spirit. … in the words of St. Seraphim, “when the Spirit of God descends on … Continue reading

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What would the Pope do in a reunited church?

In another example of “ecumenical dialogues that I never heard about”, the North American Catholic-Orthodox Consultation put out a document in October 2010 that explores some possible answers to this question. Steps Towards A Reunited Church: A Sketch Of An … Continue reading

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