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A Monastic Dies in order to Live, he forgets himself in order to find his Real Self in God, he becomes
ignorant of worldly knowledge in order to attain Real Spiritual Wisdom which is given only to the Humble Ones.
   

Dr. Kenzo Amariyo PhD. (A.M.) - Befriender of Souls



Sunday 5th February 2017: Divine Liturgy and Why We Need It

Sunday 5th February 2017: Divine Liturgy and Why We Need It

Divine Liturgy and Why We Need It

Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgements – Psalm 119:164

If we look back into history, we will find that the reading of the Divine Liturgy, otherwise known as Liturgy of the Hours, has been read by many as part of their daily devotional times.
Monastics, especially, embrace the reading of the Divine Liturgy as part of their daily life. But why? Isn’t it just sections of the Bible that one can choose to read at certain times of the day? The answer is clearly NO, it is so much more than passages of the Bible read at

Sunday 29th January 2017: Spiritual Perfection

Sunday 29th January 2017: Spiritual Perfection

Spiritual Perfection

Based on Spiritual Perfection by Diadochus of Photike
We Should Love God Alone
Whoever is in love with himself is unable to love God. But this type of self-love is not the type of which one needs in order to look after himself and keep himself well and healthy. This self-love is born out of selfishness, self-centredness, it is born out of self-importance. The man who loves God is the one who abandons this type of self-love for the sake of the immeasurable blessings of divine love. Such a man never seeks his own glory but only the glory of God, all the good that happens in

Sunday 22nd January 2017: Are You a Christian Parrot?

Sunday 22nd January 2017: Are You a Christian Parrot?

Are You a Christian Parrot?

According to the Independent and Christian Daily: Pope Francis states: There is ‘no point’ going to church if you don’t really believe in it. Pope Francis is said to have taken a swipe at Christian parrots who claim to be Catholic and attend mass regularly but fail to do good deeds, saying the practice of the Christian faith involves words and action.
Pope Francis is said to have said that there is no point in claiming to be a Catholic and yet not helping one’s family and the poor and that lip service is not the essence of bearing witness to the Christian faith, but doing God’s work in word, heart and hands.

Sunday 15th January 2017: God Chose to be Known by Us

Sunday 15th January 2017: God Chose to be Known by Us

God Chose to be Known by Us

Based on St. Peter Chrysologus’ Homily
In choosing to be born for us, God chose to be known by us, there could be no better way for God to show Himself than in a physical form, and from seeing and knowing of the physical form, it enables us to start to comprehend the spiritual form of God.
In the mystery of our Lord’s incarnation there were clear indications of his eternal Godhead, we can see a glimpse into the Godhead of Christ through looking into the recordings or biographies of His life, yet this only gives us a picture of Christ outside of ourselves, it is like reading a biography of someone

Sunday 8th January 2017: Faith and Love – the Quick Route to God

Sunday 8th January 2017: Faith and Love – the Quick Route to God

Faith and Love – the Quick Route to God

Faith and love – two of the most powerful virtues we can encompass in our daily lives in order to take the quick route to God. Without faith we will not see God, without love we will not see God. But to see God and feel God is not about blind faith, it is about trusting in Christ and the Christ within you; and the quickest way to see Christ within, is to reflect Christ outwards.
Colossians speaks about what we must do in order to see God, in order to grow into a new people. We are directed that: You must kill everything in you that belongs only to earthly life: fornication, impurity, guilty

Sunday 1st January 2017: Christian, Remember Your Dignity

Sunday 1st January 2017: Christian, Remember Your Dignity

Christian, Remember Your Dignity

Saint Leo the Great said: ……Sadness should have no place on the birthday of life. The fear of death has been swallowed up; life brings us joy with the promise of happiness.
No one is shut out from this joy; all share the same reason for rejoicing. Our Lord, victor over sin and death, finding no man free from sin, came to free us all. Let the saint rejoice as he sees the palm of victory at hand. Let the sinner be glad as he receives the offer of forgiveness. Let the pagan take courage as he is summoned to life.

In the fullness of time, chosen in the

Sunday December 25th 2016: The Whole World Awaits Mary’s Reply

Sunday December 25th 2016: The Whole World Awaits Mary’s Reply

The Whole World Awaits Mary’s Reply

You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us.

The price of our salvation is offered to you. We shall be set free at once if you consent. In the eternal Word of God we all came to be, and behold, we die. In your brief response we are to be remade in order to be recalled to life.

Sunday December 18th 2016: Lumen Gentium

Sunday December 18th 2016: Lumen Gentium

Lumen Gentium

This morning I wanted to look at, and expand on: The Eschatological Character of the Pilgrim Church – taken from the Lumen Gentium.
The Church, of which we are all part of, remembering that as members of Christ we collectively form the Church, to which we are all called in Christ Jesus and in which we acquire holiness through the grace of God, will reach its perfection only in the glory of heaven, but what is this Holiness that we acquire?; and not only acquire, but acquire, apparently, through the grace of God, and what is this grace? and where does one find

Sunday December 11th 2016: The Congruent Heart

Sunday December 11th 2016: The Congruent Heart

The Congruent Heart

Today, I really wanted to share a piece of my heart, share something that was meaningful to me; and that is, and can only be, my love for God. This last year, life has been busy within and without; and although it hasn’t taken me away from the Lord, it has left me feeling like I lack so much of the Lord.
The closer to God I walk, the more of myself I see, the lack of trust at times, the doubt, all that I am without God, even when I am trusting and not doubting, and although that sounds contrary to itself, it is simply a continual crossing from an unconscious experience of aspects of myself into a

Sunday 4th December 2016: Are YOU Ready?

Sunday 4th December 2016: Are YOU Ready?

Are YOU Ready?

Adapted from The Twofold Coming of Christ – St Cyril of Jerusalem
We do not preach only one coming of Christ, but a second as well, much more glorious than the first. The first coming was marked by patience; the second will bring the crown of a divine kingdom.

The first wasn’t enough to change the hearts of the people, will the second one be?

In general, whatever relates to our Lord Jesus Christ has two aspects. There is a birth from God before the ages, and a birth from a virgin at the fullness of time.