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On the contrary, as my instructor said, and as ...

On the contrary, as my instructor said, and as I am myself convinced, Jonah ‎knew better than anyone the purpose of his message to the Ninevites, and that, in ‎planning his flight, although he changed his place, he did not escape from God. Nor is ‎this possible for any one else, either by concealing himself in the bosom of the earth, or ‎in the depths of the sea, or by soaring on wings, if there be any means of doing so, and ‎rising into the air, or by abiding in the lowest depths of hell, or by enveloping himself in a ‎thick cloud, or by any other of the many devices for ensuring escape. For God alone of all ‎things cannot be escaped from or contended with; if He wills to seize and bring them ‎under His hand, He outstrips the swift, He outwits the wise, He overthrows the strong, He ‎abases the lofty, He subdues rashness, He represses power.

Jonah then was not ignorant of the mighty hand of God, with which he threatened ‎other men, nor did he imagine that he could utterly escape the Divine power; this we are ‎not to believe: but when he saw the falling away of Israel, and perceived the passing over ‎of the grace of prophecy to the Gentiles — this was the cause of his retirement from ‎preaching and of his delay in fulfilling the command; accordingly he left the watchtower ‎of joy, for this is the meaning of Joppa in Hebrew, I mean his former dignity and ‎reputation, and flung himself into the deep of sorrow: and hence he is tempest-tossed, and ‎falls asleep, and is wrecked, and aroused from sleep, and taken by lot, and confesses his ‎flight, and is cast into sea, and swallowed, but not destroyed, by the whale; but there he ‎calls upon God, and, marvelous as it is, on the third day he, like Christ, is delivered: but ‎my treatment of this topic must stand over, and shall shortly, if God permit, be more ‎deliberately worked out….‎

- St Gregory the Theologian

By JMK at Oct 20 2014 at 02:38 PM

<p>On the contrary, as my instructor said, and ...

On the contrary, as my instructor said, and as I am myself convinced, Jonah ‎knew better than anyone the purpose of his message to the Ninevites, and that, in ‎planning his flight, although he changed his place, he did not escape from God. Nor is ‎this possible for any one else, either by concealing himself in the bosom of the earth, or ‎in the depths of the sea, or by soaring on wings, if there be any means of doing so, and ‎rising into the air, or by abiding in the lowest depths of hell, or by enveloping himself in a ‎thick cloud, or by any other of the many devices for ensuring escape. For God alone of all ‎things cannot be escaped from or contended with; if He wills to seize and bring them ‎under His hand, He outstrips the swift, He outwits the wise, He overthrows the strong, He ‎abases the lofty, He subdues rashness, He represses power.

Jonah then was not ignorant of the mighty hand of God, with which he threatened ‎other men, nor did he imagine that he could utterly escape the Divine power; this we are ‎not to believe: but when he saw the falling away of Israel, and perceived the passing over ‎of the grace of prophecy to the Gentiles — this was the cause of his retirement from ‎preaching and of his delay in fulfilling the command; accordingly he left the watchtower ‎of joy, for this is the meaning of Joppa in Hebrew, I mean his former dignity and ‎reputation, and flung himself into the deep of sorrow: and hence he is tempest-tossed, and ‎falls asleep, and is wrecked, and aroused from sleep, and taken by lot, and confesses his ‎flight, and is cast into sea, and swallowed, but not destroyed, by the whale; but there he ‎calls upon God, and, marvelous as it is, on the third day he, like Christ, is delivered: but ‎my treatment of this topic must stand over, and shall shortly, if God permit, be more ‎deliberately worked out….‎

- St Gregory the Theologian

By JMK at Oct 20 2014 at 12:54 PM

New arrival!

New arrival!

By JMK at Oct 16 2014 at 10:04 PM

The Lutheran church has some crazy edifices. (at Westchester Lutheran School)

The Lutheran church has some crazy edifices. (at Westchester Lutheran School)

By JMK at Oct 11 2014 at 01:12 PM

We hold, therefore, that the Incarnation was et...

We hold, therefore, that the Incarnation was eternally purposed and that the sin of the creature did not baffle the work of the Creator. It may have been necessary for the manifestation of His love to come and die for us on the Cross, but it was ever His intent to consummate creation by an Incarnation, which would lead eventually in another state to a kingdom or a sphere where all sin would be abolished and pain and sorrow should be no more.

- Charles Grafton, 2nd Bishop of Fond du Lac

By JMK at Oct 10 2014 at 11:25 PM

A lofty and sound soul does not despair over mi...

A lofty and sound soul does not despair over misfortunes, of whatever sort they may be. Our life is as it were a house of temptations and trials; but we will not renounce the Lord for as long as He allows the tempter to remain with us and for as long as we must wait to be revived through patience and secure passionless! Judas the betrayer was fainthearted and unskilled in battle, and so the enemy, seeing his despair, attacked him and forced him to hang himself, but Peter, a firm rock, when he fell into great sin, like one skilled in battle did not despair nor lose heart, but shed bitter tears from a burning heart, and the enemy, seeing these tears, his eyes scorched as by fire, fled far form him wailing in pain. And so brothers, St. Antioch teaches, when despair attacks us let us not yield to it, but being strengthened and protected by the light of faith, with great courage let us say to the evil spirit: “What are you to us, estranged from God, a fugitive from heaven and evil servant? You dare do nothing to us. Christ, the Son of God, has authority both over us and over everything. It is against Him that we have sinned, and before Him that we will be justified. And you, destroyer, leave us. Strengthen by His venerable Cross, we trample under foot your serpent’s head” (St. Antioch, Discourse 27).

- Saint Seraphim of Sarov, in The Spiritual Instructions to Laymen and Monks

By JMK at Oct 10 2014 at 11:22 PM

The person who truly wishes to be healed is he ...

The person who truly wishes to be healed is he who does not refuse treatment. This treatment consists of the pain and distress brought on by various misfortunes. He who refuses them does not realize what they accomplish in this world or what he will gain from them when he departs this life.

- St. Maximus the Confessor, Third Century on Love

By JMK at Oct 10 2014 at 11:18 PM

Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura

By JMK at Oct 09 2014 at 08:12 PM

Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura

By JMK at Oct 07 2014 at 07:45 PM

Makoto Fukimura

Makoto Fukimura

By JMK at Oct 04 2014 at 10:41 PM

Makoto Fukimura

Makoto Fukimura

By JMK at Oct 04 2014 at 09:18 PM

If there is not a God behind the Cosmos and we ...

If there is not a God behind the Cosmos and we are but the results of fortuitous atoms, driven hither and thither, the sport of blind mechanical forces, then the universe is a horrible nightmare and annihilation were better than life. But our moral nature, as trustworthy as our bodily one, cries out against the theory which makes us madmen and the world a dream. The Cosmos is not a horror, but an intellectual wonder; and the Christian consciousness bears witness by its own union with its author, that there is a God. We know who He is, and that He dwells within us.

- Charles Grafton, 2nd Bishop of Fond du Lac

By JMK at Oct 02 2014 at 11:36 PM

J.Williams’ note on the 1st Article of Religion...

J.Williams’ note on the 1st Article of Religion, in Browne’s commentary.

By JMK at Sep 27 2014 at 10:01 PM

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By JMK at Sep 02 2014 at 06:36 PM

Harvest at once represents so much of what is r...

Harvest at once represents so much of what is right and wrong about American Christianity. The masses treat a holy moment like mere entertainment, while watching one man demonstrate how to stay to true to a calling. Christ, preached as the Messiah who called his disciples to a life of self-denial, is featured on swag and offered as Bondo on a broken life. Whatever. People got saved.

- The OCeeker: Harvest 2012 and the Bald Man at the Big A | OC Weekly

By JMK at Aug 29 2014 at 11:21 AM

at The Anglican Parish of Saint Mark

at The Anglican Parish of Saint Mark

By JMK at Aug 17 2014 at 08:13 PM