April 17, 2014

Fr. Gregory Jensen: Pursuing Our Own Good By Serving the Common Good

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From the essay: Does the State serve the people or the people the State? The question here is more than just matter of personal or institutional conscience. Rather we must now ask whether the State is willing to acknowledge, and more importantly to defer, to any other authority or law other than its own in the Public Square? If it doesn’t then the State claims for itself the authority to dictate to the Church, to the family and to other social institutions the content and boundaries of their own lives. The practical effect of all this is to make the Church and the family creatures of the State and so subject to the partisan calculus of American politics. Source: Koinonia | Fr. Gregory Jensen The wisest thing in the world is to cry out before you are hurt. It is no good to cry out after you are hurt; especially after you are mortally hurt. People talk about the impatience of the populace; but sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because … [Read more...]

Helping Macrina

From Fr. Gregory Jensen (Koinonia) Of the many reasons I keep a blog, one central reason is that it allows me to meet many, many people and to introduce them to the Orthodox Church. Most of the people I meet online never become Orthodox–but some do. Among those who have is Macrina Walker who, until very recently, was a cloistered Catholic Cistercian nun in the Netherlands. Without going into the particulars, I have corresponded with Sr Macrina for a while now and I can tell you she has not undertaken lightly the decision to leave her monastery and prepare for admission to the Orthodox Church. Because she has left her monastery, however, “life is still betwixt and between” and while “things are coming together in quite an exciting way” for her, many “things are still unclear and it will take awhile to jump through some legal hoops.” So for the time being, Macrina hopes to support herself by making and selling prayer ropes. Anyone … [Read more...]