Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Pastoral Note Welcomed Always

Elgreca: Please excuse our pastoral note here to Isa Almisry, but, at this time, we sense enough is enough.
Isa Almisry: Many must pray for your metanoia.
Your internal rage and external hatreds are spiritually toxic to many. It seems you are quick to verbal vengeance, seeking to denigrate anyone near or unlike you, leaving victims scattered rather than rising to the sacred image of the Good Samaritan.
At every given opportunity, you puff your chest and claim the prerogatives of the Holy Spirit. Clearly, then, you must be in great distress to exude prelest (i.e., plani) with such bitter need.
Your heart must be quite heavy, extremely distraught, and so disconnected from any semblance of empathy or human intimacy. This is quite sad, that you've fallen to a vacuous state away from grace and mercy - neither receiving, and never dispensing.
You've not learned the sacred mystery of ἡσυχασμός, of hesychasm, of an all-pervading holy silence rendered as a gift of the Holy Spirit. You waste minutes and hours and precious breaths screaming to the world as if you alone have access to the Word.
St Anthony, seeing the world covered with sinful and evil traps, asked God: "Who can escape these snares?" And a Voice replied: "Humility."
You entrap Elgreca (and, no doubt, scores of others) with your verbose (and ever-inaccurate), prideful comments set as snares. Certainly you applaud yourself for being a great defender the Faith.
Isa Almisry, have you no personal experience of the divine? An iota of humility and metanoia renders the greatest healings from God. But sacred silence would benefit you the most.
Please turn to a spiritual guide (priest, bishop, startez/geronda) and expose yourself, asking for help. Seek to acquire humility. And a prayerful life of silence.
We will remember you at the Prothesis come the morning's liturgy. We will offer up our prayers, those of three priests under the Holy Omophorion of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
The ones you minimize will pray for you.


Isa Almisry said...

Elgreca. As this wasn't in the comment section, but as a main post, I have no idea who is addressing me, nor whom to address. I take it from the message that it is a priest, no?

With all due respect, this is not the time for silence. Even the monks of Athos at times have found that they had to speak up.

Thomas Paine is not one of my favorite thinkers, but like the broken clock being right twice a day, he has his moments. One such is this, from the

I once felt all that kind of anger, which a man ought to feel, against the mean principles that are held by the Tories: a noted one, who kept a tavern at Amboy, was standing at his door, with as pretty a child in his hand, about eight or nine years old, as I ever saw, and after speaking his mind as freely as he thought was prudent, finished with this unfatherly expression, "Well! give me peace in my day." Not a man lives on the continent but fully believes that a separation must some time or other finally take place, and a generous parent should have said, "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace;" and this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to duty."

I'm not a bishop, nor a primate. I am not Met. Jonah, nor is my parish priest under him. The Chief Secretary and others, even hiearchs, have slurred him and derided his canonical authority as the "so called autocephaly." Not me.

That I refuse to accept the novel, Ultramontanist interpretation of canon 28 does not indicate I have fallen from anything. If it were otherwise, we ought to shut our mouths to the Vatican's claims.

elgreca262 said...

Sorry I didn't post the author contact info my mistake. The link is at the entry now and they have made a comment on a previous entry.

+++JN1034 said...

Elgreca: We appreciate your sharing our counsel. Apologies if our words reawaken the whirlwind of OCD comments you receive. Your newest post "Anger the Ugly Twin" provides the best advice for all.

Isa, named Jesus: Still, you don't get it; alas, this is missing the mark. Forgive us for speaking boldly to you through Elgreca's blog rather than through more personal means, for we shan't again.

Isa Almisry said...

No, I more than get "it."

"As an Orthodox Christian , I believe Orthodoxy & thereby Orthopraxy is impossible without looking to the Ecumenical Throne for direction. With its rich history & sublime character the Phanar leads unshakeable & immovable."

Tell us, how is this different than Pastor Aeternas (Vatican I)?

Are we to accept Anglican orders, as Con'ple decreed July 28, 1922, which Meletius as Pope imposed on Alexandria?

Do the monks of Athos or Jerusalem follow the EP's choice of calendar? I'm not an Old Calendarist, but the way the New Calendar was imposed by Con'pl and comp. was a disgrace.

I do believe that St. Andrew founded the see at Byzantium (something many doubt: several pre Constantine works locate St. Andrew's mission there. They also, however, show that he founded the Church of Romania and of the Rus'). But it was the suffragan of Heracleius, not an Apostolic see: it is not mentioned by the Apostolic Constitutions
(cf. Quinsext c. II). It wasn't the preaching of St. Andrew but the might of Rome that raised Cn'pl up (the Fathers in the canons were quite explicit about that): St. Andrew rested in Patra, which until the iconoclast emperors transferred it, was in the Patriarchate of Old Rome.

And as I have stated, you won't be able to play the "Mother Church" card with me: Alexandria and Antioch owe nothing to i polis but the suppression of her rights, her hierarchy and her liturgies (good enough for SS Athanasius and Ignatius, but not for the politan Thedore Balsamon).

The Greek controlled Churches used to speak against Ultramontanism.
"Accordingly the Pope of Rome, Leo XIII, on the occasion of his episcopal jubilee, published in the month of June of the year of grace 1895 an encyclical letter, addressed to the leaders and peoples of the world, by which he also at the same time invites our orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ to unite with the papal throne, thinking that such union can only be obtained by acknowledging him as supreme pontiff and the highest spiritual and temporal ruler of the universal Church, as the only representative of Christ upon earth and the dispenser of all grace."
"For all this we have esteemed it our paternal and brotherly need, and a sacred duty, by our present admonition to confirm you in the Orthodoxy you hold from your forefathers, and at the same time point out the emptiness of the syllogisms of the Bishop of Rome, of which he is manifestly himself aware. For not from his Apostolic Confession does he glorify his Throne, but from his Apostolic Throne seeks to establish his dignity, and from his dignity, his Confession. The truth is the other way."

And Ultramontanism has no part in Truth.