He does not just care for us, but loves us with no limits, a flaring unquenchable holy love, and a truly unbreakable strong love.
— St. John Chrystostom
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
On the Cross, Jesus has a vision of all those for whom He is dying. He foresees each one of us individually, saving us through His death and by His love … He did this to allow God to enter everywhere there is human suffering, even into the abyss of death, accompanying man to the depths of suffering so as to raise him up again and bring him back to life, by lifting him up to heaven and placing him at the right hand of the Father. The Son of God dies as man so that the Son of Man may rise up again as God. The Son of God had to experience the anguish of God’s absence so that all men who die might recover the presence of God: this is salvation.
One of the hymns sung during Holy Week, Behold the Bridegroom Comes at Midnight
One more link to get you through the weekend—and this one, I think we may all identify with. Exhausted Faster Just Can’t Lent Any More, via The Onion Dome.
Do not confound man—that image of God—with the wickedness that is in him, because the wickedness is only accidental, his misfortune, sickness, an illusion of the Devil; but his being—the image of God—still remains in him.
St John of Kronstadt
The results are in. Thank you to everyone who responded!
Who is the average reader? She is a 20-something single who is an Orthodox convert.
However, there is plenty of variation in readership. 25% of respondents copped to being male. 1 in 5 is married. Ages range from teens up to the 60s, tho about 70% of you are in your 20s & 30s. Half of you are Orthodox, 40% of you are Catholic, and the rest are “other Christian” and even a couple of you are atheist/agnostics (we salute your readership!). And for what you like and want more of, you’re 100% all over the place.
Many of you like our Friday link round-ups, and a few of you bemoaned them. Words of Wisdom are a grand disappointment because they’re so short and not our original thoughts. (Guys, they come every Wednesday. It’s that or nothin’.) You mostly love advice posts and questions from the search terms. Awesome! Write in so we can do more of that.
Some of you want more posts about being single and happy while you search or don’t search, some of you want to hear about the struggles of singlehood, and some are yearning for articles on how to meet and attract Orthodox dates. There were some great suggestions about specific topics, like engagement and isolation and being people of faith in the modern world. We had requests for more posts about societal issues beyond singleness, for posts about anything other than dating/singleness, and for more posts about surviving dating and the single life. More advice, more personal experiences, more common sense and wisdom. Most of all, though, you requested more posts.
In short, your feedback was awesome. We’d love to write more about dating, and not-dating, and things other than dating. We’re thrilled that you like the linkages and the advice posts and the in-depth posts, we love your ideas, and we’ll keep it coming. We do want to lay our cards on the table, though, and say that we’re doing the best we can.
All three of us work full time, and we each have a pile of commitments outside of that. Laura’s planning a wedding and surviving nursing school, Brigid’s being Carmen Sandiego and traveling as often as not, and Anna’s plotting to take over the world from her headquarters in Chicago. We love what we do here and the community we have with you all. We wouldn’t trade it for the world. But time and energy are already stretched thin.
We need your help. Please feel free to write in for advice on questions big or small, send us your favorite quotes and interesting links, suggest topics, or better still write something of your own and send it our way. We’d love to read it, and if it’s a good fit we might like to run it.
We’re taking Holy Week off, but we’ll see you post-Pascha! Have a very blessed Lent. When we see you next we’ll be eating bacon and paskha and singing the Paschal troparion til your ears bleed.