Text Box: Volume 15 No. 4          OF THE CHURCH
Text Box:     OF MAN WITH GOD   April 2007 A.D.
REUNIONText Box: ACQUISITION OF FAITH DEPENDS IN PART ON WHETHER OR NOT ONE WISHES TO ACKNOWLEDGE THERE IS ONE GREATER THAN ONE’S SELF
When one looks for the source one eventually finds nothing, and in that nothing one finds God

We think it is easy to believe Jesus Christ is God, to have true Faith, when you hear, "a voice out of the cloud, saying:  This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him." (Mat. 17:5)

When we study the New Testament we often find that God withheld the ability of individuals or groups of people to understand the meaning of what Christ was saying, and that God withheld the gift of Faith. If these people were to acquire Faith, it would have had to be through observation of what Christ said and did, use of their intellect, logic, instinct, and other talents applied to empirical knowledge - knowledge obtained through observation - and knowledge obtained through study. Even then we do not know if they would have acknowledged Faith, if they would have accepted Faith
Text Box: GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT
The Plight Of Roman Catholic Priests; it even effects 
Orthodox Priests.

THE CURRENT SITUATION
The response of the Roman Catholic Church’s well published problem with pedophiles in its Priesthood often is to accept the accusation as valid without any proof. In several instances accusations have been made twenty and more years after the alleged molestation. Many of these allegations have been made not by the alleged victim but by someone else such as a parent or an acquaintance. Many of these allegations have been made over telephone “hot lines” and in many instances these allegations have been accepted by the Bishop of the accused as valid without there ever being a meeting with the accuser or submission of proof.

Thus many good, decent Priests have: 1) been accused of pedophilia;
Text Box: ~ SOLOMON WAS WRONG ~
From Metropolitan Archbishop Paul, S.S.B.
To the flock entrusted into my care:

In Ecclesiastes, Solomon, Qoheleth, writes, that just as a man comes forth naked from his mother’s womb, so too will he go forth naked in the end, he can take nothing with him.

WRONG! Oh, so wrong. But Solomon did not have the advantage of the Resurrection; therefore his wisdom could not know.
Text Box:  The Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil 
(The Basilians - The Basilian Fathers )
Text Box: CONTENTS ARE LISTED ON THE LAST PAGE
Text Box: IMITATION OF CHRIST
By Thomas a Kempis
                                   
BOOK THREE
The Second Chapter
Truth Speaks Inwardly Without the Sound of Words
                                   
The Disciple
                                   
   Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth."[25] "I am Thy servant. Give me understanding that I may know Thine ordinances[26] . . . Incline my heart to Thine ordinances[27] . . . Let Text Box: ALWAYS HUMAN

A human in the early stages of development is just that, a human in the early stages of development. It is not something that is developing into a human, for if it were, at some stage of development it would have to be able to develop into something else, such as an oak tree or a snail. But there is never such a stage of development. It therefore is a human. And to kill it is to kill a human.

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Text Box: DO NOT ALLOW 
EMBARRASSMENT DETER YOU

Embarassment is one of the most destructive yet most necessary of emotions. It keeps lovers apart because one fears rejection for whatever reason. Not just humans who love each other, but also humans who really love or wish to love God. Yet it is necessary for it informs us of when we have done something which we should have avoided. But that should never be a cause for dissolution of a good