Text Box: Volume 16 No. 4           OF THE CHURCH
Text Box:     OF MAN WITH GOD   August 2007 A.D.
REUNIONText Box: Life is much too short for me not to tell you I love you, for I do with all my heart.

I Love you


Why is there temptation? Why did the lawyer tempt God? Why did the robbers beat, almost kill, and strip the man from Jerusalem who was going down to Jericho? Why did the priest not help him? Why did the Levite not help him? Why ___ is ___ there ___ temptation? Because in resisting it we become strong. Because in fighting it we become strong. Because in conquering it we become strong. Strong in what? Strong in all that pertains to the Will of God. Strong in being Godly. Strong in being like the Good Samaritan.

If you have no enemies, then you become complacent, weak, and easily conquered. But if you have enemies, you must be vigilant against them; vigilant against their attacks be the attacks open or from ambush, well thought out or by impulse. And if you think you have no enemies, you are a fool, because even if you are evil and working with the Devil, the Devil is Text Box: ~ TRADITION AND DOGMA 
The Extremely Important Role Of Tradition As Regards Dogma ~

From Metropolitan Archbishop Paul, S.S.B.
To the flock entrusted into my care:

With simplicity, or, stated simply: Tradition is one of the mechanisms by which Dogma is made operative. Tradition is one of the means, methods, avenues, by which Dogma is exercised, made Text Box:  The Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil 
(The Basilians - The Basilian Fathers )

On 10 July 2007, the Roman Catholic Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a document entitled “Responses to some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church," dated June 29, 2007.

Of interest to Orthodox are  the Fourth Question and Answer, which state:

"Fourth Question: Why does the Second Vatican Council use the term 'Church' in reference to the oriental Churches separated from full communion with the Catholic Church?

"Response: The Council wanted to adopt the traditional use of the term. Text Box: FALSE HOPE - REAL HOPE 

There is a philosophy often referred to as “Hope that all will be saved” which in modern times spread from Roman Catholic Pope John XXIII and his Vatican II, and has infected the perception of various aspects of true Dogma even in the Orthodox Church. It has not infected the Dogma, for Dogma comes from God, does not and can not change, and its expression once determined is never changed for its expression is established under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. (This, by the way, is the basis for the Council admonition regarding the Nicene Creed, roughly: “let he who adds to or Text Box: THE INDESTRUCTIBLE 

For he that soweth in his flesh of the flesh also shall reap corruption. But he that soweth in the spirit of the spirit shall reap life everlasting.

This world is important. It is the place where we were created and where we exist if for only a short time. It is where we determine our eternity. It was of sufficient importance for Our Lord Jesus Christ to enter and become one of us. How important this world should be to us is also evidenced by His restoring to life the only son of the widow of Naim.

We are expected to "sow in the flesh" to the extent necessary to provide for ourselves and those dependant upon us, for the duration of our time in the flesh. But those who sow their permanence in the flesh, those who make provisions for themselves only in the material world, and neglect their eternal future, these build only to have it taken from them and eventually destroyed - for nothing of this physical world of the flesh is permanent except for the eternity we prepare for ourselves while in the flesh - while in the physical world.

Most of those who reside along the Gulf Coast do not need to be reminded