Wednesday, February 15, 2017

St. Gregory Nyssa And His Brother St. Basil The Great

11th century mosaic of Gregory of Nyssa. 

Dear E,

Thanks for your email.

During the 12 years I lived in the San Francisco Bay area, University of Toronto friend, Ron Firman, belonged to St. Gregory Nyssa parish and I would occasionally cross the Bay Bridge to worship with him.

Here is St. Gregory's webpage.

St. Gregory's is an exemplary Episcopal parish, rooted in the teaching of St. Gregory, brother of St. Basil the Great who, in turn, was namesake of the religious order (founded in France) whose priests taught Fred and me at UT. 

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In the Wikipedia article above, I draw your attention to the section entitled "Universalism," a position also favorably viewed by G.K. Chesterton. 

G.K. Chesterton On Charity, Hope And Universal Salvation

And finally, I will mention a quotation by St. Basil which is featured on my "legacy" site, Apokatastasis, the Greek word for "universal salvation."

The bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry.
The garments hanging in your wardrobe are the garments of those who are naked.
The shoes that you do not wear are the shoes of one who is barefoot.
The money you keep locked away is the money of the poor.
The acts of charity you do not perform are so many injustices you commit. 

Christians Ignore Jesus' Direct "Commandments" But Are Punctilious About Things He Never Said

Pax tecum


On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 9:40 AM, EK wrote:

  Sin is the refusal to keep growing
— St. Gregory of Nysa (THX, Bill P.)

Have a Great Day! Pray for America. :)

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