Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from an Orthodox Perspective
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Theme: Discipleship, Eternal Peace from God
Volume 6 No. 351 May 27, 2016

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HH Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, at Lancaster, PA on July 18, 2015 during the Family and Youth Conference of the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church - North America Photo by Dr. Jacob Mathew

May 29, 2016 - 2nd Enthronement Anniversary of HH Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II
Patriarch of Antioch and All The East, Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church

The picture was taken at Lancaster, PA on July 18, 2015 during the Family and Youth Conference
of the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church - North America
Photo for Malankara World by Dr. Jacob Mathew


1. Wannabe Stylite, Chosen Patriarch - Dr. Babu Paul on HH Aphrem II

May 29, 2016 is the 2nd enthronement anniversary of HH Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All The East, The Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church. To celebrate this occasion, we are publishing an article penned by Dr. Babu Paul at the time of the election of then Karim Thirumeni to Patriarch. Barekmor. ...

I. This Sunday in Church

2. Bible Readings for This Sunday (May 29)

3. Sermons for This Sunday (May 29)

II. Lectionary Reflections

4. Above And Beyond Family Values

For many people their highest value is merely their family. Their life is their family; and for all practical purposes, their family is their God. Jesus measures himself against family, he lays the "good" family next to himself as the "best" and says: "Choose me above all." ...

5. Discipleship, Conflict and Peace

There are all kinds of bad ways to interpret the Matthean text. Clearly it cannot have been intended to create active disrespect for parents, since just a few chapters later (15:4 and 19:18) Jesus repeats the commandment to honor our fathers and mothers. Nor can it have been intended to sanction abuse or neglect of children. Just a few verses before Jesus recites the fifth commandment, he lays his hands upon the little ones brought to him and says that the kingdom of heaven is theirs (19:14). ...

6. Not Peace But Division

Where have you witnessed the truth that sometimes faith divides? Have you also witnessed reunion once more? ...

III. Featured Articles

7. Peace - More Solid Than Fear

Jesus offers peace in uncertainty, mercy in brokenness, something solid when all is lost. He speaks of peace can that transcend understanding when we cling to the one who gives us life. ...

8. A Prescription For Peace

True peace comes when we trust God and seek rest in Him, not when life is conflict-free. A daily dose of God's presence and promises is the best prescription for peace. ...

9. How to Experience Christ's Peace

"My peace I give to you" (John 14:27). Jesus spoke these amazing words just hours before His crucifixion. His peace isn't dependent upon external circumstances, but rather, it transcends them. ...

10. Peace and Joy, Not Perfect Organization, Signs of God's Presence in Church

The "vitality of the Church," then, does not come through documents and planning meetings- these are necessary, yes, but they are not "the sign of God's presence." ...

IV. General Weekly Features

11. Family Special: 15 Fun Summer Dates for You and Your Spouse

Research shows time and again that those married couples who date regularly, and furthermore, try new activities together, tend to have more meaningful relationships. ...

12. Family Special: Just the Two of Us

Schedule at least two "getaway" activities a month when you can be alone together. If you keep the fire of your relationship well tended with romance, you'll enjoy its warmth throughout your marriage. ...

13. The Family Dog

It's just dawned on me My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day. He has his food prepared for him. He can eat whenever he wants. His meals are provided at no cost to him. ...

14. Don't Miss What's Right in Front of You

Sometimes we miss the beauty, the amazing possibility, and the untapped potential of the people and things closest to us. Because of their proximity, we don't always see the remarkable gifts in our spouses, parents, children and friends. Because of their familiarity, we don't always grasp their full worth. ...

15. Career: How to Protect Yourself From Failure

If we have a bad habit, putting ourselves into an environment that promotes the bad habit is the first step in making the bad habit worse. Therefore, we need to identify not only the bad habits in our lives that we want to change, but also the environments we must avoid in order to foster this change. ...

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