Text Box: Volume 20 No. 1          OF THE CHURCH
Text Box:     OF MAN WITH GOD   March, 2010 A.D.
REUNIONText Box: A Brief Examination Of:
THE TRUE MEANING OF DEIFICATION IN THIS LIFE AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO THE RESURRECTION AND THE SACRAMENTS.
And an inducement to acquisition of holiness.

There are several very important maters of which we should be aware especially as we prepare for Great Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha.

Simply by becoming human, fully and completely human, while remaining totally and completely Divine, our Lord Jesus Christ at the very least, initiated a change or at the very least a potential for change in human nature. 

The Resurrection of Christ, perhaps in and of itself  or perhaps as a result of the Resurrection itself or perhaps by the very nature of the Resurrection, had a decisive - and this particular word decisive is very important - had a Text Box: ~ GOAL AND PURPOSE OF SPIRITUAL LIFE
Is it to “get to heaven”?
Not so subtle subtleties of Heaven and of Love ~

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

Those who realistically contemplate spiritual life often express their ultimate goal as being that of getting to Heaven, or of being united with God for all eternity.

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: A more accurate or better expression of the concept behind desiring to go to Heaven is that one’s goal is to love God.

It is important to realize this because Heaven is not simply a place and state of existence. It is total immersion in God, complete harmony with God, absolute concert with God - with the real God, not some figment of a person’s imagination or wishful thinking or imagining.

If one is not so concerned with themselves as to interfere with loving someone else, then love of God actually is very easy and simple to attain. It is consistently maintaining that love and maintaining it at a level or strength sufficient to be meaningful which may be difficult.

But first, one must not confuse love with attraction or infatuation. When our senses perceive someone whose physical attributes are pleasing that is attraction but it is not love.

Love requires knowledge of the individual - not necessarily knowledge by each individual of the other, but knowledge by at least one of the individuals of the other or others. Also, the desire to be loved is able to induce love in another. And, love by one person for another often induces love for the lover in the one loved.
Text Box: TWENTY YEARS

As we begin our twentieth year of publication we are amazed that it actually is twenty years since we first began publication. It does not seem that twenty years have passed. It also amazes us that we continue in publication even though it has been twenty years. Our “longevity” is surprising to us. But, then, our subject is inexhaustible.            — Ed.


Text Box: APPLIED DOGMA EFFECTS
Attempting to shirk responsibility

The parable of the seeds which fell on rocky ground, good ground, sprouted and withered, was choked, and which bore fruit, is applicable to a myriad of situations, especially as a measure of what results when facts and reality are corrupted and when facts and reality are presented truthfully.

The presentation of error and straightforward lies as dogma, and the presentation of an interpreted, slanted, or otherwise inaccurate version of Text Box: BRIEF EXAMINATION OF THE HISTORY OF ERRORS REGARDING THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST
and some effects of those errors

Through the centuries Christians have often wondered exactly what is Jesus Christ; what does it mean to be The Word of God made Incarnate, or more succinctly and accurately, the Word Incarnate; what or how is the Person Who is God the Son of God and the Son of Man? Succinctly: what is the relationship of, or, what are the workings of, the combination of the Divine Nature and the human nature in Jesus Christ?