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December 2014 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

THE LORD'S NATIVITY:
BEGINNING TO ANSWERING THE DIVINE DILEMMA OF THE WORD OF GOD

When writing on the Incarnation, St. Athanasius comments on how the fear of death and man's decay in the grave, were gaining an ever firmer hold on them, even to how their relationship with their Creator, was increasingly bleak and hopeless.

What was the Word of God to do when those He created, had failed to acknowledge or even remember, their being in His image and of His likeness. To make things worse, they had even forfeited His marvelous gift of true reasoning, a reasoning which allowed them to reflect upon Him and hear His invitation to be in constant fellowship with Him. Instead, all mankind, both Jew and Gentile, was actually drifting farther and farther away from any sort of personal relationship with Him, even to serving two masters.

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November 2014 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Prisoners Celebrating the Lord through Our Prisoner Education Program

We have so many prisoners who are active students. For each of them, we try to meet them where they are; to help them grow and mature in knowing the Lord; to know through His truth the Spirit of grace, they are made by Him; to know they are in His image and of His likeness; that the goodness of His blessing shines forth in their love of the Lord and love of neighbor, even those with hate in their hearts. And why? So they too, may celebrate in the peace of Jesus our Christ and the promises of His Incarnation. For such is a gift of the Lord, attained through the repentance of the Thief, the Lord's forgiveness, and a heart willing to put Him first.

And Who is this Lord? He is the I AM, YHWH, known to Abraham, Moses, and Micah in the Old Testament, and confirmed in the Gospel of John. He is the Word of God Who became Incarnate through the womb of Mary, and came in the flesh to save, heal, and reconcile our relationship to Him and restore us to Paradise and Heavenly worship.

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October 2014 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Prophet Hosea: the One God Is Help
His Cross and Hope of the Resurrection
Book of Hosea, 6:1-3 - OSB Septuagint Old Testament

Hosea is often remembered for his deep suffering. Some 800 years before the Word of God became Incarnate, Hosea forewarned the Northern Kingdom of Israel of a coming period of great darkness, a darkness not seen since their days in Egypt. This time, it would be at the hands of the dreaded Assyrian warriors.

Amazing as it is to us, the Lord commanded Hosea to, "Go take a wife of fornication . . .", i.e., marry a woman who was essentially a prostitute and probably a worshiper of Baal. Yet as a courageous servant of his God, YHWH, his hope remained steadfast, and he loved his spouse, regardless of her adulteress ways. One might see a parallel here to the Lord's long-suffering relationship with His beloved Jews, a people soon to suffer a great chastisement for not keeping their covenant with their loving Lord.

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September 2014 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Celebrating the Holy Prophet Moses
Exodus 12:1 – 15:21, OSB Septuagint Old Testament

The birth of Moses was spectacular, as was his whole life. He was born during a time when infant sons of the Hebrew clan, were systematically murdered by the command of the Egyptian Pharaoh. And how did this defenseless child survive slaughter and the Nile? By the prayers of his mother, the caring heart of a watchful sister, Miriam, a floating baby crib, an Egyptian princess, and foremost, Divine Providence. At journey's end, this special baby was discovered by an Egyptian princess, who named him Moses – "the one who comes out of the water".

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August 2014 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:


Celebrating the Prophet Micah
(Chapter 4 and 5, OSB Septuagint)

Chapter 4 of Micah, is a marvelous example of our lasting hope in the Lord, even when we're our own worst enemy. This prophecy of Micah concerns the Jews being both dispersed and exiled for their disobedience, while at the same time, Micah's words are of hope to the "remnant". Chapter 4 also confirms the Lord interacting with the most humble of His people, as Micah was known to be an everyday farmer, with no specific reputation. Yet those knowing Micah, listened intently, for his words were true and sincere. Interestingly, the name Micah means, one likened unto the One God, the I AM. He reminds one of St John the Baptist.

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