Text Box: Volume 23 No. 1           OF THE CHURCH
Text Box:     OF MAN WITH GOD   March, 2013 A.D.
REUNIONText Box: SUFFERING - PERSPECTIVES REGARDING GOD AND MAN
(Second in a series of four related articles in this issue of REUNION)

It is basic to the Faith we have been given by God: that Jesus Christ fully man and fully God - the Second Person of The Blessed Trinity; that He totally and fully experienced His Passion and Death, so-as-to make eternal salvation available to each human being.

We are barely able to glimpse or appreciate this reality, and therefore have a greatly diminished comprehension and appreciation of this reality.

Let us “poke” at this just a little by using the tool of analogy.

Our first “poke” is the specialness of God. Our analogy is one which, Text Box: ~ GOD HAS GIVEN HIS LIFE FOR YOU. What more do you want from Him?
(Forth in a series of four related articles in this issue of REUNION) ~

From Metropolitan Archbishop Lee S. Mc Colloster, S.S.B. (Ret.)
To the flock entrusted into my care:

Very often people think God does not want them to have what they want, or that God does not want what they want. If they are correct - well, guess who should consider changing what they want!
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Text Box: It also often occurs that a person desires something or something happen which they think is good, even holy, or which they positively know is good or holy, and even just. 

If God does not provide what ever it is, or make what ever is desired happen, some people get angry with God, they get mad at God.

What in the world do they want from God? He already died for them. Do they want God to step aside and make them be God? If they answer: No, they just want God to do this which they desire, then they are in actuality expressing the desire to control God, which in reality would be to be God.

They are creatures and therefore can never be God . . . or can they? 

The created can never be the Creator. Jesus did, however, make very clear His desire that each of us truly and faithfully follow Him so that we each could and would be one with Him as He is one with the Father.

Jesus even provided a preview of this union in the Transfiguration, when Moses and Elias appeared with Jesus. Though they were not yet united with God in Heaven, for the Sacrifice of Redemption had not yet been made, Text Box: WISELY USE THE INEVITABLENESS OF SUFFERING AS PART OF THE PROCESS - PROGRAM IF YOU WILL - OF PERMANENTLY EXPERIENCING JOY BEYOND IMAGINING
(Third in a series of four related articles in this issue of REUNION)

We have learned that suffering is an aspect of being a follower of Christ, of truly being a Christian.

Suffering is not limited to physical Text Box: PROBABLE REACTION TO CHRIST’S PERSONALLY PERFORMING A MIRACLE TODAY
(First in a series of four related articles in this issue of REUNION)

What would be the reactions if Our Lord had fed the the multitude in modern times? Consider: there were five thousand men, which means there probably was a like number of women, and at least two or three children or young adults for every couple. Therefore ten to twenty thousand people or more were fed.

If this had happened today, a few news papers probably would publish articles about it, but the broadcast, so called “journalists”, likely would ignore the event unless it was bandied about on Twitter and blogs, and perhaps FOX News, to the extent it could not be ignored.

Then, NBC news would give an in depth report, complete with pictures and videos - even if they had to manufacture fake videos - all with a negative and derisive perspective. CBS news would give a quick summary which cast suspicions on Christ’s motives in and reasons for feeding the multitude. ABC news Text Box: Holy Innocents Orthodox Church
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