Foundational to Christian living is the remembrance of God. Remembrance while waking. Remembrance while at work. Remembrance while fulfilling the duties of life. Remembrance while going to sleep. The Christian must be cultivating the remembrance of God in all things. It need not be elaborate, the believer may offer this service in the inner chamber of the heart. He may offer it in solitude or while in the midst of a multitude.
It has been almost two years since the appearance of COVID-19 changed life as we know it. This far in, we seem to have more questions than answers. To help us on our journey through the strange “new normal” of Pandemia, we convened a panel of experts from the medical, Orthodox religious, and legal disciplines to help guide us. There is a great deal of hope on all fronts but a lot of work remains to be done.
Recently, I read some disturbing statistics regarding the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. I believe it was the Pew institute that said that a poll had shown that only 17% of Roman Catholics in this country still believed in their church’s doctrine of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. I spoke with a close friend of mine who is a Roman Catholic priest, who said that his take on that was that when you dumb down the mass and you take away the mystery, that is the result. Now, we Orthodox have not dumbed down the Divine Liturgy. We haven’t sharpened it. We haven’t destroyed the essence of the mystery. But something else is happening that really disturbs me. That we have allowed governments around the world to dictate to us whether our churches can be open. Whether people can gather together and worship before the throne of God. Whether they can safely Receive the Holy Mysteries. For an Orthodox Christian, this is unconscionable.
Today I am interviewing Father Zachariah Lynch from his excellent blog, The Inkless Pen, where he posts his articles and his thoughts on everything that’s been going on. We will be discussing themes such as “recreating man in a new image”, specifically, the Orthodox Christian path of Theosis and the Communist path of “Re-education”.
I want to greet all my readers as we begin the year 2022 with the words, “Glory to Jesus Christ, Glory to Him forever”. May this year be one of spiritual renewal for all of us, and may we use the allotted time God gives us profitably, and for His glory. Let us love one another, and remember to pray for each other. Let us pray for the world, and for the salvation of all. May the Light of Christ shine brightly in us, that the world may know the love of God, and see God’s mercy and kindness in us. Happy New Year to all of you…
I have chosen not to bless my monks, nor my spiritual children, to take the vaccine. I do not think any vaccine will prevent anyone from getting Covid, and I have read with increased horror as the evidence has become increasingly clear within the scientific community that this vaccine is in reality causing the spread of this virus within the human community, while preventing natural immunity.
This paper investigates the conditions of knowledge pertaining to science, distinguishing genuine science from pseudoscience as it relates to Covid-19. I discuss the relationship between science and socio-political structures, illustrating how science can be corrupted into scientism. I argue that the current dominating ideology of technocracy, a form of “modern gnosticism,” is incompatible with Christianity, since it sees the cosmos not as a divine order but a man-made system created by a will to power to dominate man and nature…