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Reflection on Rom 6:17-18

Thanks be to God that, being converted, we were given the grace to receive
the salvific teaching based on the faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
We have been delivered by Him from enslavement caused by sin,
and we have taken the new path of righteousness.

Thanks be to God that, being converted, we were given the grace to receive the salvific teaching based on the faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We have been delivered by Him from enslavement caused by sin, and we have taken the new path of righteousness.

Chapter six speaks about sin many times. It says: “…though you used to be slaves (Gr. duloi) to sin…”. Today we can see clearly what it is like to be a slave to sin. Sin in the heart of man hates above all truth and true self-criticism, so its essence is pride. It means lack of self-criticism, unwillingness to admit the truth, unwillingness to learn from our own mistake and, on the contrary, an attempt to throw the blame on others or on God, or on so-called circumstances.

Sin includes murder, seeking help from the devil in witchcraft or other occult practices; sin also includes fraud, theft, abuse, rape, unclean thoughts, words or deeds, all kinds of perversion, divorce, hatred, war. What is the fruit of sin? Suffering, tears, loneliness, prison, death. People become slaves to drugs or alcohol, they become homeless or criminals. The reality of sin cannot be denied.

Word of Life – Rom 6:17-18 (16/12/2018 – 30/12/2018)

But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin,

you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

Metanoia – orthopraxy /Advent 2018/

8 December 2018

In these times of spiritual chaos, one needs to have a clear grasp of the means that lead to spiritual life – orthopraxy.

1) Celebration of Sunday

On the night from Saturday to Sunday, Christ rose from the dead. On Sunday, too, at about nine o’clock in the morning, the Holy Spirit was sent down on the Apostles and the Church was born. The early Christians were built on four spiritual pillars (Acts 2:42):

  1. prayers,
  2. apostles’ doctrine (an interpretation of God’s Word in the same Spirit as it was taught by the Apostles),
  3. fellowship (koinonia),
  4. the breaking of bread (the Eucharist).

Prayers for the celebration of Sunday (everybody prays at home)

Advent 2018, metanoia – orthodoxy

5 December 2018

Why is the present-day Church in such a deep crisis? Much of the blame for this falls on John XXIII’s aggiornamento and the postconciliar spirit.

What then should bishops, priests and religious do in Advent time, the time of repentance? They should separate from the spiritual poison of the aggiornamento and of the postconciliar spirit promoting heresies which destroy the essence of Christianity.

Currently, the renewal of baptismal vows concerns the following areas:

1) Contemporary heresies

In terms of faith, it is necessary to break with heresies which deny the most fundamental truths. It is necessary to create such conditions as to be able to identify heresies and to dissociate oneself from them. The truths of faith will thus shine brightly again. Furthermore, it is necessary to preach the full and living Word of God and to lead the believers to conversion and to the path of following Christ!

Advent 2018, the Church has no Pope!

3 December 2018

The Catholic Church has no Pope. It is in a state of Sede Vacante. In accordance with the Scripture and Church doctrine, a heretic must not be obeyed by anyone because he is excluded from the Church of Christ.

On 28 November 2018, the Vatican under pseudo Pope Bergoglio promulgated the following statement through the mass media: “We give our full support to the UN pact on migration (Global Compact).”

The Epiclesis /Part four: The Epiclesis – The Temple and Iconostasis/

26 November 2018

The biblical model of the Christian temple is the vision given by God (to Moses). It was applied to the Jerusalem Temple. The basic structure consists of the Holy of Holies, where God is present in a special way, the Holy Place, where the priests offered sacrifices to God, and the place for people.

The Eastern temple with an iconostasis, altar and tabernacle has preserved this biblical structure to this day. The Western Church had preserved it only until the Second Vatican Council which carried out an absurd reform. After the reform, the priest, who represents the people and offers sacrifice to God on the altar in their behalf, has turned his back to the centre of the temple, which is the tabernacle where God’s presence dwells constantly. Moreover, in many places the tabernacle has been removed from the centre of the temple. The reform has also removed the rail which separated the place for priests and for those who served at the altar.

The Epiclesis /Part three: The Epiclesis – How to experience the Epiclesis in the Liturgy/

25 November 2018

The Epiclesis is the invocation of the Holy Spirit both on us and on the gifts. It has three parts:

1) The priest kneels and implores God in a spirit: Send down the Holy Spirit upon us (Note: Throughout the Epiclesis, the chorus sings the antiphon: “We praise You…” or there is silence).

God promises through the prophet Ezekiel (37): “Behold, I will send spirit into you, and you shall live.” – We beseech in spirit: Lord, give us the Spirit of repentance, that we may live!

“I will put sinews on you” – Put sinews on us – the gift of prayer!

“I will bring flesh upon you” – Fill us with the power of Your commandments!

“I will cover you with protective skin” – Give us living communities!

“I will put Spirit in you, and you shall live” – Put the fullness of the Spirit in us, that we may live! Ye-ho-shu-aaa

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“But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”

Rom 6:17-18 (16/12/2018 – 30/12/2018)