the Good God will of course take into account the age and conditions in which we live

From With Pain and Love for Contemporary Man by Saint Paisios the Athonite: Question: Geronda, why does St. Cyril of Jerusalem say that the Martyrs of the last days will surpass all Martyrs? Answer: Because in the old times we had men of great stature; our present age is lacking in examples—and I am speakingContinue reading “the Good God will of course take into account the age and conditions in which we live”

individual and the state can maintain an appropriate relationship only so long as a flourishing civil society mediates between them

Ross Douthat in his introduction to Robert Nisbet’s book, The Quest for Community: In premodern society, this yearning [for a feeling of participation, for a sense of belonging, for a cause larger than one’s own individual purposes and a group to call one’s own] was fulfilled by a multiplicity of human-scale associations: guilds and churchesContinue reading “individual and the state can maintain an appropriate relationship only so long as a flourishing civil society mediates between them”

a light and jocund side of Jesus’ relationship

The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ by Patrick Henry Reardon (excerpts from chapter 3): When it became clear that Jesus would be completely rejected by official Judaism, he began to lay the foundation of a new community, a remnant qahal or “congregation” (in Greek, ekklesia), united in the foundational confession,Continue reading “a light and jocund side of Jesus’ relationship”

to love reality

Personally transcribed excerpts from “The Wisdom of Tenderness” where Krista Tippett interviews Jean Vanier in October 2007 for the NPR show On Being: An ethics of desire is good news for us at a time when we have become allergic to an ethics of law. Pleasure is not something which is just sort of foolingContinue reading “to love reality”

wellspring of our desire to know

But I have come to see that knowledge contains its own morality, that it begins not in a neutrality but in a place of passion within the human soul. Depending on the nature of that passion, our knowledge will follow certain courses and head toward certain ends. From the point where it originates in theContinue reading “wellspring of our desire to know”

education would be distorted

As I listen to the conversation about community in education, the image I most often hear propounded is one of “therapeutic community.” …In this image, community equals intimacy. Is intimacy a good thing, a valuable form of relationships? Of course. Is it the kind of community best suited to the aims of education? I thinkContinue reading “education would be distorted”