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September 2012 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

A question from the OCPM convocation in Minneapolis with our response.

Q: WHY DOES EACH HUMAN PERSON, EVEN THE MOTHER OF GOD, SIN AND MISS THE MARK?

First, let us establish and contrast the name “Jesus” and the term “the Christ”. Matt 16: 13-16 points to Jesus being the Divine Person and Son of the living God the Father. And through His Incarnation, we also know Jesus as “...the Christ”, being fully God AND fully man in His two distinct natures.

Even more, through Mary and in the Holy Spirit, Jesus is also known as Son of Man and Son of God. Thus, Jesus being the divine person while yet the Christ, via His two natures – He is the Lawgiver and Perfect One. He is the One Who sets the mark to which all compare, for His being Jesus our Christ, born of a woman – cannot sin, nor miss His own mark, for only He is in all things and knows all things.

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August 2012 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

The Academy offers the following:

Jesus, being the Christ, is the Truth by His Divine nature, the “I AM” of Ex. 3:14 and Jn 8:58. Said another way, I, Jesus, AM the Christ, Who is the Truth. And being our expression of Truth, through His Incarnation, He set us free from the fear of death, sins, and empty delusions of Satan. (Gal 5:1, 1 Jn 3:8.)

In summary: 1) Jesus is the Who and a unique Person, 2) Christ is “the What” or two natures of Jesus – human and divine, 3) the Quality of His two natures is being fully God, fully man; Son of Man and Son of God, and 4) by these essential Qualities – He, being the I AM, is our Way, Truth, and the Life (Jn 14:6). And only through Him being the Way, Truth, and Life, can we come to know our Father.

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July 2012 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

St. Athanasius was called great for having no flaws in his doctrinal teachings, being key to defeating the Arian heresy at the First Ecumenical Council, with his teachings setting the tone for the next Six.

His ability to distinguish Jesus as the promised One, the enhypostatic Christ – fully God, full man; Son of God, Son of Man, is excellent. His detailed discussion of the Cross, and refutation of both Jews and Gentiles, proved his understanding the Old Testament Septuagint and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

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June 2012 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Recently I was asked about the Academy’s interactive approach to our studies and student lessons – both students and prisoner-students. With this in mind, here is an example of our approach, using the words, thoughts, and answers of the student, to further develop and challenge him to dig even deeper than the mere words on a page. The following example comes from our two-part course on the Apostolic Fathers. The answers relate to the Mandates and Similtudes from the Shepherd of Hermas.

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May 2012 Newsletter + With the Eyes of Faith: Christ is Risen

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Through His death on the cross, the Lord makes known; 1) how reasonable it was, and 2) why our salvation could be accomplished only in this way. Even more, He invited all creation to witness this, His Banquet feast.

What was the fruit? His Apostles went forth into the world, joyfully taking the offensive, not fearing the cost of the One true faith that overcomes death and its fears. Thus, by entering into the fulness of His Baptism, death and Hades, is no longer feared, instead preferring death to denying our living faith in Him, – 1Pet. 1:7.

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