Lent is a gift!

Lent is a gift!

March 7, 2014

In a homily given on March 20, 1983 for the Forgiveness Sunday (the last Sunday before Great Lent in the Orthodox Church), Father Alexander Schmemann reflects on Lent as a gift from God, "an admirable and marvelous gift, a gift that we desire". Here are some excerpts from his homily to enlighten this time of Lent.

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“Heaven Opens”: an introduction to Adrienne von Speyr

“Heaven Opens”: an introduction to Adrienne von Speyr

Interview with Dr. Matthew Lewis Sutton

 

Adrienne von Speyr was one of the most important mystical theologians of the last century, heralded by figures like John Paul II and T.S. Eliot. However, her work has been eclipsed in many ways by her personal connection to Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. Heaven Opens: The Trinitarian Mysticism of Adrienne von Speyr provides one of the first comprehensive accounts of von Speyr's theology, one that truly allows us to be "strengthened and exhilarated by a new experience of Christian sensibility." (T.S. Eliot)

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LUMEN FIDEI: the urgency of a return to incarnation

LUMEN FIDEI: the urgency of a return to incarnation

by Paul Anel          July 22, 2013

“There is an urgent need to see once again that faith is a light,” (#4) writes Pope Francis in the introduction of his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei. Short and harmless as it seems, this sentence encapsulates three powerful statements that form the core of the new encyclical. Firstly, that the nature of faith is such that it can be described, to a certain extent, as “a light.” Secondly, that this particular aspect of faith as light was lost, or at least that it is atrophied in the contemporary consciousness and experience of the Catholic Church. And third, that it is possible and “urgent” that we rediscover this dimension of light.

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