Catechetical Lectures: Points of Doctrine

St. Cyril's Catechetical Lectures (Part IV) Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, etc. ---Colossians 2:8 With this passage, St. Cyril begins his instruction on proper doctrine for the catechumen. It seems this lecture is being framed as the opposite … Continue reading Catechetical Lectures: Points of Doctrine

What A Month!

May Was Crazy I feel like I owe you all an apology. You see, I love writing and I love exploring Orthodoxy. I also love sharing that exploration with all of you. But this past month has been crazy. Mothers' Day This year, Mothers' Day was going to be rather quiet. My mother was on … Continue reading What A Month!

Catechetical Lectures: For the Remission of Sins

St. Cyril of Jerusalem's Catechetical Lectures (Part III) Or do you not know that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Were buried therefore with Him by our baptism into death ---Romans 6:3-4 In part III of St. Cyril's catechetical lectures, he examines baptism. This is directed primarily at … Continue reading Catechetical Lectures: For the Remission of Sins

Catechetical Lectures: Of Sin and the Grace of God

St. Cyril of Jerusalem's Catechetical Lectures (Part II) In continuing my reading through St. Cyril's catechetical lectures, part II begins the major "lesson plan" after the introductory material of part I. The subject matter for this lecture is rather self-explanatory so I won't waste much time and dive right in. On Repentance and Remission of … Continue reading Catechetical Lectures: Of Sin and the Grace of God

Catechetical Lectures: A Call to Repentance, A Call to Learn

St. Cyril of Jerusalem’s Catechetical Lectures (Part I) In my continued efforts to work through the writings of the Church Fathers in relatively chronological order, I find myself providentially reading St. Cyril of Jerusalem (AD 313–386). Through my studies, I have come to the point where I am almost certain I wish to join the Orthodox … Continue reading Catechetical Lectures: A Call to Repentance, A Call to Learn

Much Brings Salvation, But Only The Church Does

Cyprian of Carthage Slightly Confuses Me The latest Father I read was St. Cyprian of Carthage. I enjoyed reading his works. As always, here are my thoughts: Unity Once again, a central theme of Cyprian’s writings, as it has been with every previous author, is that of unity within the Church. So much does he focus … Continue reading Much Brings Salvation, But Only The Church Does