Crucea din Groom, Texas – 1

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Se spune că este a doua cruce ca mărime din emisfera vestică (cea mai înaltă, ridicată în 2001, se află în Effingham, Illinois). Are 190 ft (58m) şi este executată din oţel cu aluminiu la exterior. A fost ridicată în 1995 de Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ministries aproape de localitatea Groom, Texas, lîngă autostrada Interstate 40. Articolul din Wikipedia despre acest monument, menţionează faptul că cunoscutul film Leap of Faith a fost filmat în apropierea acestei cruci.

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Easter Garment

Easter Garment

Gather He does unto Himself threads of human life

The sorrows, the sores, the aches, the wars

But more than just the strife

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Conversation with God

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Titian – Crucifixion

I said, “God, I hurt”.
And God said, “I know”.

I said, ” God I cry a lot”.
And God said, ” That is why I gave you tears”.

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Lent and Easter Wisdom from Thomas Merton

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Reconcile today Lord Jesus,
all things and me to your Father in the power of the Holy Spirit
whom you have sent to renew us in freedom and joy
through the mystery of your resurrection from the dead.

In the words of St. Patrick, hear my Easter prayer:

“Christ, as a light, illumine and guide me.
Christ as a shield, overshadow and cover me.
Christ, be ever over me.

Christ be under me.
Christ be beside me, on left hand and right.
Christ, this day be within and without me.

Christ, the lowly and the meek.
Christ the all-powerful.

Be in the heart of each to whom I speak.
In the mouth of each who speaks to me,
in all who draw near to me, or hear me, or see me.”

Alleluia.

(With thanks to Martin Jacques)

A Prayer for Wisdom

You are wisdom, uncreated and eternal,
the supreme first cause, above all being,

sovereign Godhead, sovereign goodness,
watching unseen the God-inspired
wisdom of Christian people.

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Words of Wisdom

When we long for life without difficulties,

remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds,

and diamonds are made under pressure.

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Noutati pe site-ul Proiectului Sf. Nicolae

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Am pus recent două noi profiluri pe site-ul Proiectului Sf. Nicolae.

Este vorba de un personaj moldovean inedit, Ioan de la Tutova, zis Lumânărică, necanonizat încă de Biserica Ortodoxă (profilul său a fost realizat de George Samoilă) şi de un protestant cu o istorie fabuloasă, un mistic evanghelic (!!!) numit Frank C. Laubach (profilul său fiind scris de Teofil Stanciu).

Mulţumesc celor doi pentru contribuţia la acest proiect. Sper să am vremea de a face verificarea finală a textelor şi de a adăuga şi celelalte 40 de profiluri, catolice şi protestante, pe care le avem scrise deja.

What Kind of Christians We Need Today

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Oscar Romero, Catholic Archbishop of San Salvador, assasinated on 24 March 1980 by a right wing group, because he spoke on behalf of the poor and the opressed. He was declared “Servant of God” by Pope John Paul II.

The need today is for Christians who are active and critical, who don’t accept situations without analyzing them inwardly and deeply. We no longer want masses of people like those who have been trifled with for so long. We want persons like fruitful fig trees, who can say yes to justice and no to injustice and can make use of the precious gift of life, regardless of the circumstances.

(Oscar Romero, The Violence of Love)

St Cuthbert

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Saint Cuthbert, the wonderworker of Britain, was born in Northumbria around 634. Very little information has come down to us about Cuthbert’s early life, but there is a remarkable story of him when he was eight.

As a child, Cuthbert enjoyed games and playing with other children. He could beat anyone his own age, and even some who were older, at running, jumping, wrestling, and other exercises. One day he and some other boys were amusing themselves by standing on their heads with their feet up in the air. A little boy who was about three years old chided Cuthbert for his inappropriate behavior. “Be sensible,” he said, “and give up these foolish pranks.”

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Simboluri crestine

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Lumea evanghelică este dominată de iconoclasm, deşi există, din fericire, şi excepţii, mai ales în luteranism şi anglicanism. Acesta este moştenit din teologia Reformei, mai ales pe filiera Calvin-Zwingli, şi se bazează pe o interpretare restrictivă a poruncii din Decalog care spune “să nu-ţi faci chip cioplit”.

Lumea creştină antică nu a avut însă asemenea constipaţii teologice. Pentru greci, mai ales, ca şi pentru alţi orientali, simbolul era esenţial pentru imaginalul religios uman.

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The Great Litany

To be said or sung, kneeling, standing, or in procession; before the Eucharist or after the Collects of Morning or Evening Prayer; or separately; especially in Lent and on Rogation days.

L – O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,
P – Have mercy upon us.

L – O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
P – Have mercy upon us.

L – O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,
P – Have mercy upon us.

L – O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God,
P – Have mercy upon us.

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Ce inseamna sa fii asistent umanitar in Afghanistan

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Sunt sigur că unii dintre cei care intră pe acest blog se întreabă la modul cel mai serios, cu ce anume mă ocup eu de fapt, de bântui atâta prin lume. Şi chiar dacă nu pot vorbi deschis chiar despre tot ceea ce fac în slujba mea (ştiţi bine că în lume există încă regimuri dictatoriale, inclusiv în unele dintre ţările de care răspund), vă asigur că nu lucrez pentru niciun serviciu secret şi nu adun informaţii militare (deşi există şi agenţi ai diverselor servicii secrete din lume care lucrează sub acoperire, între asistenţii umanitari, punând astfel în grav pericol viaţa acestora; dar cum, din păcate, viaţa altora nu valorează nici cât o ceapă degerată pentru serviciile de securitate, din orice ţară, oricât de civilizată ar fi aceasta, trebuie să ne asumăm acest risc, dacă vrem să-i ajutăm pe cei săraci şi oprimaţi la care ne-a trimis Dumnezeu.

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Ted Olsen despre relicve

Ted Olsen, Christianity Today

Cultul relicvelor (moaşte sau alte obiecte presupuse că ar fi aparţinut martirilor şi sfinţilor creştini), care este practicat de catolici şi ortodocşi, este o pricină de poticnire pentru mulţi protestanţi şi pentru aproape toţi evanghelicii.

Ted Olsen, un talentat editor de ştiri şi jurnalism online al revistei Christianity Today, mărturiseşte într-un articol de pe Christian History Blog că nici pentru el acest subiect nu este comod din punct de vedere teologic.

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Un manifest evanghelic

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Ataşez mai jos textul integral, în limba română al Manifestului evanghelic.

(Traducerea, Daniel Lucescu. Editarea, Elena Goga şi Dănuţ Mănăstireanu.)

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Un manifest evanghelic – partea I

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Aşa cum anunţam pe blogul Agora Christi, reiau aici publicarea traducerii în limba română a tetxului intitulat An Evangelical Manifesto, dat publicităţii în 7 mai 2008 la National Press Club din Washington, DC. Site-ul documentului conţine, alături de lista semnatarilor şi alte date despre acesta, un rezumat şi un ghid de studiu. Continue reading “Un manifest evanghelic – partea I”

A prayer of Judah Halebi

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God's hiddenness

Lord, where shall I find you?

High and hidden is your place.

And where shall I not find you?

The world is full of your glory.

I have sought your nearness,

with all my heart I called you

and in going out to meet you

I found you coming in to meet me.

A Celtic Advent Liturgy

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This is the last day of the Advent, the time of the year when, symbolically, liturgically and mystically, we await for the coming of the Lord.

I offer you today a little gift, from the richness of the Celtic spiritual tradition. (Upon request, I could send to those interested a power point version of this presentation.)

This Advent liturgy was inspired by a wonderful worship resource called Cloth for the Cradle, authored by John Bell and produced by Wild Goose Publications (for some reason, this link  is difficult to access at this time, but their resources are also available through Amazon.com), Wild Goose is the publishing arm of the Iona Community. I encourage you to explore this and other such resources produced by this most amazing worship leader I have ever met.

I mean John Bell, that you can see here in a typical pose, as he leads people in singing. I bet he can make any group sing almost any song, as complicated as it may be in less than five minutes.

It is worth visiting the mirific island of Iona, just to participate in a liturgy whene woprship is let by John Bell.

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