"We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth, nor such beauty, and we know not how to tell of it."
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Violence in Liban
A lot of things have distracted me from posting on this, but I just was reminded of it a few seconds ago. Things down there are escalating and if you can spare a prayer for this country where Christ once visited, then please do so.
I believe everything which Eastern Orthodoxy teaches.
I am in communion with the Bishop of Rome as the first among the bishops, according to the limits recognized by the Holy Fathers of the East during the first millennium, before the separation.
" We must fight to insure that Latinism and Catholicism are no longer synonymous, that Catholicism remains open to every culture, every spirit, and every form of organization compatible with the unity of faith and of love. At the same time, by our example, we must force the Orthodox Church to recognize that a union [...] with the See of Peter can be achieved without their being compelled to give up Orthodoxy" -His Beatitude Maximos IV, Patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem of the Melkites
"It is true that we have been latinized. And this is the great merit of Metropolitan Sheptytsky at the beginning of the 20th century: that he tried to reverse this process. Personally, I consider myself a follower of Metropolitan Sheptytsky, together with many others who would like to get rid of all that has illegally entered into our spiritual, theological, liturgical, canonical heritage. We were told: If you want to be a real Catholic, you have to be Latin. And they pushed us into it. And it is only with Metropolitan Sheptytsky that we could say: Dear brothers from Rome, one can be Catholic without being Latin. And we were attacked on two fronts, Catholic-Latin and Orthodox-Byzantine. And we said: No, dear brothers, one can be Ukrainian, one can be Byzantine, one can be at the same time Catholic. These different elements do not contradict one another. So this is why neither the Latin Church nor the Orthodox Church is very happy with us. "- His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar, Patriarch of Kviv-Halych
"In other words, Rome must not require more from the East with respect to the doctrine of primacy than had been formulated and was lived in the first millennium." - former Cardinal Ratzinger
The Blessed Theotokos
It is truly proper to glorify you, who have borne God,the Ever-blessed, Immaculate, and the Mother of our God.More honorable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim,who, a virgin, gave birth to God the Word,you, truly the Mother of God, we magnify. Amen
His Holiness Benedict XVI, Patriarch of the Latins, the Universal Hierarch
His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar, MSU, Patriarch of Kiev and Halych and all Rus
His Grace Robert Moskal, Bishop of Parma
His All Holiness Bartholomew I , the Oecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
"Remember, O Lord, our most devout and faithful Emperor , Otto, whom you have set to rule on the earth. Crown him with a weapon of truth, a weapon of good will; let your shadow fall upon his head in the day of war; strengthen his arm, exalt his right-hand, establish his empire; subdue beneath him all barbarous nations that desire to make war; grant him deep and enduring peace; speak good things to his heart for your Church and for all your people; so that by his tranquility we may lead quiet and peaceful lives, in all piety and purity."