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May 2018 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Doubts, Fears, and Hades Overcome By His Comforting Spirit of Truth and Grace

We celebrate with great joy, Jesus walking from His sealed tomb on the third day – He Who is the promised Christ and Word Who became Incarnate. This event reminds one of His friend Lazarus walking from his tomb, after his being called forth by He Who is Resurrection and Author of Life. Thankfully and with great gratitude, He has liberated us from the great darkness and vain folly of man's wisdom permeating much of the Old Testament teachings, many dating back to Nimod and the Tower of Babel.

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April 2018 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Story of Lazarus: "Whoever lives and believes in Me shall not die." 

In preparation for Jesus re-entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and His call to meet Him at His lifegiving Cross – His Banquet Feast Table – the Lord offers the eye-opening events surrounding Lazarus, who became sick unto death. The one Jesus called from his tomb, after four days dead.

In the Gospel of John, Chapter 11, Jesus – the promised Christ and Word Who became Incarnate – makes it clear to those with ears that have heard, to now gain the eyes to grasp that Jesus – in His Being – is Light, Life, and author of Resurrection. Note in John 11:3-4, He says, "This sickness is not for death , but for the glory of God , that the Son of God might be glorified through it." May His Incarnational Wisdom become our Instruction and pathway to salvation.

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March 2018 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Call to Great Lent: a call home to Him and His wisdom 

As we enter the heart of the Great Lent, the faithful of the Church are called to the remembrance of the Old Testament words, works, and teachings. They are of extreme importance if we seek to grow in our understanding of the Word Who became Incarnate. For He is the "I AM, the I AM" revealed to Moses in Exodus 3 – the divine Person named Jesus and called the Christ.

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February 2018 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Who is this Son of Mary in the Waters of the Jordan?

In January, we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. Last month, we began to explore what Jesus – our Christ – came to reveal and remind us, through His Incarnation. Our hope is to help develope a deeper sense of this divine Son, coming forth from the womb of Mary – the One Who is the Child and the Immanuel.

To help us understand Who Jesus is – the Incarnate Word – let us seek the wisdom of Isaiah. Prophet Isaiah is often referred to as an Old Testament Evangelist, whose words were inspired by the Spirit of the Lord. Here we discover the Virgin Mary, the dynamic reality of her Son being both her Child and the Immanuel, and our Father – Isaiah 7:14. It helps bring fulness to the mystery of His Baptism. That Jesus is not a human person, but instead a divine Person. That He reveals Himself to be both Son of Man through Mary and Son of His eternal Father, and further, the Son of Mary is from in the beginning, our Father.

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January 2018 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Jesus our Christ - The Anointed One And Son of Mary – Comes to the River Jordan

Clothed in the Christmas Spirit and Light of His Nativity, we continue to celebrate and rejoice in the Nativity of Jesus – the new born Baby and first-fruit of Mary. With this, we begin to turn our eyes to His Baptism and the Spirit in the form of a dove. For here we gain helpful insight into Whom this One is – the "I AM" born in fulfillment of prophecy, born
enfleshed with His flesh, and is the Child and Immanuel.

As we contemplate His Baptism, let us remind ourselves the "Spirit of the Lord" - His Spirit - was present at His Annunciation and Nativity, even Pentecost. This same One Spirit of Jesus is Holy and expressed through Moses and His Prophets, throughout the OSB-Septuagint Old Testament.

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