“From the very beginning to become and to be a Christian meant these two things: first, a liberation from the world, i.e., from any ‘reduction’ of man, and such has always been the significance of the Christian rites of initiation. A man is set free in Christ because Christ is beyond and above all ‘cultures’, all reductions. The liberation means thus a real possibility to see this world in Christ and to choose a Christian ‘way of life.’ In the second place, Christianity has always meant an opposition to and a fight with this world – a fight, let me stress it again, which is primarily, if not exclusively, a personal fight, i.e., an internal one – with the ‘old man’ in myself, with my own ‘reduction’ of myself to ‘this world.’ There is no Christian life without martyria and without asceticism, this latter term meaning nothing else, fundamentally, but a life of concentrated effort and fight.” (Alexander Schmemann in St. Vladimir’s Seminary Quarterly Vol. 9, Number 4, pp. 179-180)
Books by Fr. Ted
- Fr. Ted is currently reading 'President Lincoln Assassinated!!: The Firsthand Story of the Murder, Manhunt, Tr:'
- Fr. Ted is currently reading 'Pretty Good Joke Book: 5th Edition'
- Fr. Ted wants to read 'The ACT Matrix: A New Approach to Building Psychological Flexibility Across Settings and Populations'
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