29 September 2007
14. Royal Path is Hidden
Many things are "hidden" in our Faith, especially from those who are blinded spiritually. Christ even prayed thanking the Father that certain things are hidden from the wise and revealed unto babes. Our sacraments are called "Mysteries" because there is a spiritual reality in them. The spiritual reality is hidden from those who are spiritually blinded, and they can only see the sacraments as ritual.
It is the same with the royal path. There is a spiritual reality to it that is hidden more often than not. Those unable to see the spiritual reality will usually try to define the royal path as some place or compromise between the extremes of super-correct ["true" Orthodoxy] and world Orthodoxy.
But super-correctness ["true" Orthodoxy] and world Orthodoxy [renovationism], Fr. Seraphim has taught us, are just flip sides of the same disease. Mixing two related diseases together does not make health.
The Royal Path is other-worldly. It is above us, we have to look up to the heavenly Church to see it. This is done with prayerful pondering, asking for heavenly help.