Speaking about the Apocalypse- By: Fr. Seraphim Rose

The Triumph of the Archangel Michael over the antichrist

The Triumph of the Archangel Michael over the antichrist

There is nothing of which it is more dangerous to speak than the Apocalypse. Futile and over-literal speculation on apocalyptic events in an only too obvious cause of spiritual harm; and no less so, I think, is the facile way in which many of our contemporaries refer to the “apocalyptic” character of the times, and in so doing raise in other deep fears and hoes which their own vague pronouncements are far from satisfying. If a Christian is going to speak of the Apocalypse at all, it is quite clear that- in this as in everything else- his words must be sober, as precise as possible, and fully in accord with the universal teaching of the Church.

-Fr. Seraphim Rose



1 Response to “Speaking about the Apocalypse- By: Fr. Seraphim Rose”

  1. 1 Andrew February 28, 2009 at 12:36 am

    This is very wise advice from Fr. Seraphim Rose.

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