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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Orthodox Spirituality - XV

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker
Presuppositions - 1

The Orthodox tradition is intensely conscious of the ecclesial character Christianity.

It is of course true that there are many who reject Christ and His Church, or who have never heard of him;

Whether they will be saved or not cannot be answered properly by us and let God will do as His will.

But, as Church members, we believe that even a solitary in the solitary in the desert is as much a churchmen as the artisan in the city.

The ascetic and mystical path is at the same time social and communal.

The Christian is the one who has brothers and sisters. He/she belongs to a family and that family is the Church.

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