CWNews.com - 20090227 - Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, offered an uncharacteristically pessimistic assessment of ecumenical dialogue with the Greek Orthodox Church following a meeting with its new leader, Archbishop Ieronymos II. “There is still a strong resistance toward an ecumenical growing closer, and because of that our steps must be prudent,” Cardinal Kasper told Vatican Radio. “I did not have very high expectations: It would not be possible to resolve every problem in just one day, but it was important to establish personal contact.” Nonetheless, Cardinal Kasper called Archbishop Ieronymos “a truly humble and modest man. Our meeting has certainly been a beautiful one, and also those with his collaborators.”

Metropolitan Krystof (Christopher), head of the Orthodox Church in the Czech and Slovak Republics, began a three-day visit to the Vatican yesterday that will culminate in an audience with Pope Benedict tomorrow. Eastern Orthodoxy in the former Czechoslovakia dates only to the 1920s, when groups of Roman and Eastern Catholics left the Catholic Church. The history of relations between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church there has been a tortured one that includes the forced conversion of Eastern Catholics to Orthodoxy under Communist rule.

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Teachings of Christ

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32 ESV)

Holy Angels

O Supreme Leaders of the heavenly armies, * we, who are unworthy, ever beseech you, * that through your prayers you may surround us * with the shelter of the wings of your immaterial glory, * watching over us who fervently fall down and cry out: * “Deliver us from perils, * for you are the commanders of the Powers on high!” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

O Supreme Leaders of the armies of God * and ministers of the Divine Glory, * princes of angels and guides of men, * ask for us what is expedient for us and for great mercy, * for you are the leaders of the Bodiless Hosts. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Seek God daily. But seek Him in your heart, not outside it. And when you find Him, stand with fear and trembling, like the Cherubim and Seraphim, for your heart has become a throne of God. But in order to find God, become humble as dust before the Lord, for the Lord abhors the proud; whereas He visits those that are humble in heart, wherefore He says: “To whom will I look, but to the one who is meek and humble in heart?”

St. Nectarius of Aegina