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Without love I am incomprehensible

May 19, 2013

“Insofar as I am not loved, I am incomprehensible to myself.” These are the words of the late eminent Romanian theologian Dumitru Staniloae (1903-1993). Writing in the horrific twentieth century which saw the atrocities of communism, fascism, and world wars he was perhaps uniquely qualified to write about the overwhelming need for love in the world.  Writing in communist, war torn, Romania, an officially atheistic country, Father Dumitru understood that without love, there can be no whole person, no complete individual, no sense of humanity. Without love we are nothing (I Corinthians 13:2). Read the rest of this entry »

Christ is Risen!

Posted by andre under Reflections

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Χριστός ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ανέστη!

Христос воскрес! Воістину воскрес!

Хрыстос уваскрос! Сапраўды ўваскрос!

Христос възкръсна! Наистина възкръсна!

Христос васкрсе! Ваистину васкрсе!

Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!

Христос воскрес! Воистину воскрес!

المسيح قام! حقا قام!‎  المسيح قام! بالحقيقة قام!‎

ქრისტე აღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტად აღსდგა

On this feast of feasts, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, we greet all of our readers, visitors and supporters with the glorious day of Resurrection. As we celebrate this sacred day of promise, renewal and hope we take prayerful time to be thankful for the gift of eternal life that Christ has given us. Having endured the passion and crucifixion, Christ has risen from the dead bestowing the fullness of life upon His creation.

We rejoice and celebrate this gift with our loved ones and as the Canon at the Matins of Pascha – Easter  – proclaims, in honor of the Resurrection we forgive all and embrace all, even those who hate us. We hope that you are able to celebrate the feast in solace and great joy.  Even if you celebrate alone, without being surrounded by loved ones, know that you are never truly alone. We greet everyone with a holy kiss and the resounding words of Christ is Risen – Indeed He is Risen! We especially hold dear to us those who are persecuted and reviled because of who they are – lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered. We especially hold dear to us those who live in great fear, worried that the love they share will cause them to be rejected by their parents, their family, the Church or their society. This includes members of the hierarchy, clergy and all faithful.

On this feast of feasts because Christ has destroyed death, we ask “O Death, where is your sting? (I Corinthians 15:55) As LGBTQ Christians along with those who understand, love and support us we also ask – “O hatred and rejection, where is your sting?” We exult in the love of God for His creation and remain people of hope.