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EASTERN CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING OF GRACE by His Eminence Archbishop Lazarus Puhalo

Posted by stjohnsminneapolis on October 14, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)


by His Eminence Archbishop Lazarus Puhalo


Grace is an uncreated energy of God. While Apostle Paul uses the word “energy” more than 20 times in his Epistles, it is translated our of the text in most English versions.


“Energy” is a form of communication, or rather about “communicating something” in both physics and theology. Grace is neither “created,” nor does i...

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Wisdom of the Fathers

Posted by stjohnsminneapolis on March 4, 2012 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (7)

It is a fearful thing to hate whom God has loved. To look upon another – his weaknesses, his sins, his faults, his defects – is to look upon one who is suffering. He is suffering from negative passions, from the same sinful human corruption from which you yourself suffer. This is very important: do not look upon him with the judgmental eyes of comparison, noting the sins you assume you’d never commit. Rather, see him as a fellow sufferer, a fellow human being who is in n...

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Caring for God's Creation.

Posted by stjohnsminneapolis on January 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM Comments comments (0)


I’m truly sorry Man’s dominion

Has broken Nature’s social union.

An’ justifies that ill opinion,

Which makes thee startle,

At me, thy poor,earth-born Companion,

An’ fellow-mortal!


Robert Burns, To a Mouse


In the Nicene Creed we declare that God is the Creator of heaven and earth and all things visible and invisible, that it is through the Son all things were made, and that the Holy S...

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