Text Box: Volume 18 No. 1           OF THE CHURCH
Text Box:     OF MAN WITH GOD February, 2008 A.D.
REUNIONText Box: MONOTHEISM IS NOT EVEN THE BEGINNING OF A BASIS FOR 
COMMONALITY
(We have attempted to write a comprehensive article on this topic, but, perhaps it has been best expressed in a speech by Archbishop Christodoulos of The Church of Greece, which we have reproduced below - credits appear at the end.)

Address to the Conference organised by the Synodal Committee on European Issues, entitled “Islam: the extent of the 
problematics”, by Archbishop Christodoulos 12/5/2007

Holy Monastery of Penteli, Attica

At first, I would like to thank you all for your participation in this Conference, the topic of which constitutes one of the 

most acute problems of European society.

The issue of Islam is not susceptible of emotionally loaded analyses. It has many aspects, and it makes me sad to note that 
it is often treated inappropriately. In some cases, the rhetoric of bureaucracy prevails, mistaking the multicultural 
destruction of European identity for humanism; in other cases, there is an excess of hatred against Muslims and, in 
particular, against Arabs, channeled either into the laboratories of racist ideologies or into workshops that seek after an 
aggravation of the relations between Europe and the Islamic world.

I am convinced that we ought to explore this great issue certainly without harbouring antipathies or phobias but also without 
Text Box: ~ ANALOGY OF THE EFFECTS OF THE PASSION AND RESURRECTION  ~

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

When Christ Jesus, God, Son of God, Son of Man, died, He went to the gates of the land of the dead. He burst open those gates which had prevented the dead from entering Heaven and eternal union with God. He burst them open with the cross made of wood. 
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: HOW SHOULD WE 
PREPARE?

We know we must prepare to meet Christ, not just as we celebrate Christmas and Epiphany, not just at the time of our death, but all throughout our lives. How do we make these preparations?

We make those preparations by studying the rule book, following at least its main instructions, and utilizing the assistance system contained in those instructions. We also must, absolutely MUST, attain an understanding and comprehension of what those instructions are designed to accomplish, how those instructions are designed to effect the accomplishments, and why the accomplishments are desired.

 Included in those main instructions AND within those instructions, the assistance system, are: The Two Great Commandments, The Ten Commandments, The Corporal Works of Mercy, The Spiritual Works of Mercy, and the Seven Sacraments. The assistance system works best when there is a comprehension of the chief sources of sin, which are: Covetousness, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Envy, and Sloth, commonly called capital sins or the seven deadly sins. (Gossip is sometimes called the eighth Text Box: HOW MANY OF US CAN, ARE WILLING TO, HAVE EVER SAID THEY WOULD, OR DONE: GOD’S WILL WITHOUT HESITATION

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to thy word. (Luke 1:38)

You are a girl, a maiden of between fourteen and sixteen years. You were brought up in an agricultural time so even though your father is a man of importance, and even though you were literally brought up in the Temple where every person in your country travels to worship even from Text Box: ATONEMENT AND 
REPARATION FOR SIN
~~
QUIBBLING ABOUT 
PURGATORY?

Do we have to make reparation and atonement for our sins? Is there a place or a state of existence generally understood to be Purgatory?

These may be interesting questions, but they are totally irrelevant questions.