(Just) 5 Quick Takes (Anniversaries, Councils, and Liam Neeson)

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6a0148c733b279970c014e5f528025970cThe prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian, Father and Doctor of the Church, recited on weekdays during the Great Fast:

Lord and Master of my life, spare me form the spirit of indifference, despair, lust for power, and idle chatter.  Instead, bestow on me, your servant, the spirit of integrity, humility, patience, and love.  Yes, O Lord and King, let me see my own sins and judge not my brothers and sisters, for you are blessed for ever and ever. Amen.

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I know it’s corny, but I like birds.

Well, it’s been a year since the election of Pope Francis.  I suppose I could write a whole post about my thoughts on the Holy Father, but I imagine everybody and their mother is doing that this week, so I’ll spare you all the dreadful cliché.  Besides, I always find it amusing that people actually think it matters what someone’s opinion of the Pope is, as if the Holy Spirit needs our approval to choose the Vicar of Christ.  Nonsense.  The Pope could be a drunken whoremonger (and believe me, they have – John XII, anyone?) and he would still be the universal shepherd of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, the sign of the Church’s unity, and its supreme pontiff.  From silly commentary and pointless conjecture, O Lord, spare us.

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I discovered a new YouTube channel by a lovely young woman named Allison, vlogging under the title EleisonJoy, which discusses celibacy, marriage, and temptation from an Eastern Christian perspective.  Those of us who are used to the internet as a place for trolls and generally discontented sorts, it is always a joy to come across someone who exhibits true Christian humility and charity.

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Liam Neeson firing a gun in a falling airplane . . .
You can’t imagine how much awesomeness this is.

Liam Neeson’s new whodunit? thriller Non-Stop is definitely worth seeing.  It is tense, original, and involves a Hitchcock-inspired case of mistaken identity/misplaced guilt.  The trend of an annual Liam Neeson action/thriller began in 2008 with Taken, which I hated, but if it led to this, then I guess we must give it some credit.  At the end there is an annoying, shoehorned “message” about surveillance blah blah blah, but the majority of what came before this finger wagging soap box preaching was good enough that it didn’t really matter.

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Patriarchs and Archbishops in IstanbulThe bishops of the Orthodox Church announced this week that they will be holding a general council beginning in 2016.  It is unclear whether or not this council will be considered an ecumenical council.  If so, it will be the first ecumenical council recognized by the Orthodox Church in over a millennium.  Most likely it will fall into the growing category of important, though not ecumenical, pan-Orthodox synods – general councils which teach Orthodox truths (the latest being the Synod of Jerusalem, sort of the Orthodox equivalent of Trent) but are not regarded as universal by the whole Church.  It is interesting that a Church which professes conciliarism as opposed to Papism hasn’t had a council in 1200 years.  Such is the result of lacking a visible leader as the Catholic Church does.  For those who wonder why someone with such strong Byzantine leanings doesn’t just join the Orthodox, this is one of the main reasons – the lack of final authority.  Hopefully, the Orthodox will return to their conciliar roots at this upcoming council.

Just five Quick Takes this week, because I’m just not that interesting.

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3 Responses to (Just) 5 Quick Takes (Anniversaries, Councils, and Liam Neeson)

  1. Gabriel says:

    🙂 I love your second point especially. I love the Holy Father (and loved the last two as well), but the weird popularity of the Pope is, uh, weird to me. People don’t seem to understand that he doesn’t correspond to the President, that “the Francis administration” of Catholicism just kind of isn’t a thing. And the self-appointed guardians of orthodoxy who feel secure in passing judgment on the Apostolic See … oy, I must stop ranting now or I won’t at all.

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