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"Today the concept of truth is viewed with suspicion, because truth is identified with violence. Over history there have, unfortunately, been episodes when people sought to defend the truth with violence. But they are two contrasting realities. Truth cannot be imposed with means other than itself! Truth can only come with its own light. Yet, we need truth. ... Without truth we are blind in the world, we have no path to follow. The great gift of Christ was that He enabled us to see the face of God".Pope Benedict xvi, February 24th, 2012

The Church is ecumenical, catholic, God-human, ageless, and it is therefore a blasphemy—an unpardonable blasphemy against Christ and against the Holy Ghost—to turn the Church into a national institution, to narrow her down to petty, transient, time-bound aspirations and ways of doing things. Her purpose is beyond nationality, ecumenical, all-embracing: to unite all men in Christ, all without exception to nation or race or social strata. - St Justin Popovitch

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Thursday, 25 July 2013

NEWS: POSTS ON THE TRANSFIGURATION AND RELATED TOPICS



The August edition of "Bathed in Silent Light" is ready for your perusal.   The subject is "The Transfiguration".   The first post is by the late Father Jean Corbon OP.  He was a Greek Catholic theologian in Lebanon and one of Pope Benedict XVI's favourite theologians.   He wrote the section on prayer in the Catholic Catechism, and the introductory section to the sacraments on participation in the Christian Mystery is based on his theology.   He writes on "The Significance of the Transfiguration".   This is followed by a Greek Orthodox contribution on the same subject.   Then we have Dom Alex Echeandia OSB, monk of my monastery in Peru, who is studying at Blackfriars, Oxford.   He is also an accomplished iconographer and a pupil of Aidan Hart, the Orthodox iconographer.   At present, Dom Alex is doing a course on iconography in the Catholic University in L'viv, in the Ukraine.   He has written a post on "The Icon of the Transfiguration"
  
The light of the Transfiguration, being the effect of the union between divinity and humanity in the Incarnation, is invisible to the naked eye until Christ reveals it on Mount Tabor.   Nevertheless, its presence can be sensed by the Grace of God, even when it is invisible.   The other posts are about situations in the modern Church where the light of Christ can be sensed, even when it is not seen.
Go to the post by clicking on the title:


THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE INCARNATION 
by Father Jean Corbon OP



THE TRANSFIGURATION
FROM AN ORTHODOX PERSPECTIVE
by George Mantzaredes









THE ICON OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
by Dom Alex Echeandia & others






SACRIFICING AND TRANSFORMING LOVE:  ST ELIZABETH, THE GRAND DUCHESS AND ROYAL MARTYR, (GRANDDAUGHTER OF QUEEN VICTORIA)





A MODERN SAINT OF MOUNT ATHOS
ELDER PAISIOS



CHRIST'S LOVE MANIFESTED IN TRIUMPHANT FAILURE
BLESSED CHARLES DE FOUCAULD









THROUGH VULNERABILITY TO GLORY: FATHER HENRI NOUWEN







GOD'S GLORY MANIFESTED IN A COMMUNITY OF BROKEN PEOPLE, JEAN VANIER & L'ARCHE








A TALE OF GREEK CATHOLIC CONFESSORS IN ROMANIA: GOD'S GLORY MANIFESTED IN EXTREME WITNESS.










THE PATH OF LOVE: THE CONVENT OF ST ELIZABETH, THE ROYAL MARTYR, IN MINSK, WITH MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AND THE OUTCASTS OF SOCIETY: THE GLORY OF GOD SHINES THROUGH THE EYES OF THE CHILDREN & REJECTED.

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