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Every year around Christmas reports give an astronomical explanation of the Star of Bethlehem: A supernova, or a conjunction of planets… These are all nonsense.
We’re all familiar with the image of three men on camels, traveling trackless sand dunes by starlight: “Field and fountain, moor and mountain, / Following yonder star.” But how accurate are our Hallmark greeting cards?
The only way we can find ourselves is to deny ourselves… It’s only by loving the other that myself actually emerges.
Is the Theotokos seriously “more honorable than the cherubim and more glorious than the seraphim”?
Saint Ephrem the Syrian (4th century) wrote: No advantages do you offer...
Just like brass knuckles, but they’re made of recycled Blue Willow china and are quite fragile. Because of course they are.
In paradise, anger was blessed. The Lord God sowed it in man to give him an instrument for violently repulsing from himself every trick of the devil that aims to separate him from the true God…