Thought to Ponder

The asceticism that is essential to our divinization and that represents once again a synergy of grace consists in simply but resolutely turning every movement toward possessiveness into an offering. The epiclesis on the altar of the heart must be intense at these moments, so that the Holy Spirit may touch and consume our death and the sin that is death’s sting. Entering into the name of Jesus, the Son of God and the Lord who shows mercy to us sinners, means handing over to him our wounded nature, which he does not change by assuming but which he divinizes by putting on. From offertory to epiclesis and from epiclesis to communion the Spirit can then ceaselessly divinize us; our life becomes a eucharist until the icon is completely transformed into him who is the splendor of the Father.

via Fr Philip

5 Responses to Thought to Ponder

  1. scotch meg February 25, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    Congratulations!  You have made such a good beginning.  Smart mom!

  2. The Sojourner February 25, 2011 at 9:17 am #


  3. Kate Wicker February 25, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    So sweet.

    Welcome home, Anthony!

  4. Julie D. February 25, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    I’m late getting the news, but congratulations! And welcome, Anthony!

    Great job on turning Ben’s frown upside-down. It is living proof of the parenting advice my grandmother told me, “When they’re being bad is when they need the most love.”

  5. Katherine February 25, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    Awe, so precious. Glad Ben is beginning to adjust.

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