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Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

Will the historic meeting and joint declaration mark a new era in Orthodox-Catholic relations? Only time will tell.

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Preconciliar Orthodox Document on Marriage

The document states the marriage of an Orthodox Christian with a non-Orthodox Christian is forbidden and cannot be celebrated in the Church, though it can be “blessed out of indulgence” if the children of marriage will be baptized and raised Orthodox.

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What Should a Sixth Instruction Contain?

What provisions would you add, keep, strengthen, revise, or throw, and why?

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Viewpoint: The Practice of Lenten Fasting Has Many Dimensions

We are reminded that we can never be satisfied by ordinary food, which satisfies only momentarily but then perishes.

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Lenten ecumenism and the ecumenical Lent

Our solidarity in wearing our cosmic ashes, whether we have gained them through today’s liturgy or through surviving terror and grief, is a reminder that humanity was created as one, we have sinned as one, we repent as one, and by God’s mercy we will be redeemed as one.

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Ashes as Paradox

Dust does not make a lasting mark. It blows away. It is inconsequential.

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Ars Praedicandi: Homily for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Both Isaiah and Simon Peter say, I am a sinner. I take this to mean, not that we put ourselves down and grovel in a self-centered sort of way, but rather, this awesome image of God’s wonderful holiness surrounds us and encourages us so that we can be honest. So we can tell the truth.

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Evangelii Gaudium promotes authentic liturgy. A turning point toward a sixth Instruction on the Reform of the Liturgy?

“Rather than creating ‘unrealities’ – like artificial languages based on Latin that do not exist and will never exist, even by the decree of a Roman congregation – let us heed the invitation to give primacy to reality, to truly step outside the walls we have built around us, to breathe pure air, to speak in living languages, to be among our brothers and sisters, to take in the smell…”

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Lenten Lessons from An Easterner in the West

Imagine for a moment prioritizing a fast from hurting the other with words and deeds, and applying this fast to the entire year; not just Lent.

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The Garments of God

God sits on a chair of darkness in my soul.
He is God alone, supreme in His majesty.

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