It strikes me that people who burn our country’s flag actually do so because they have no sense of the sacred in their lives. The flag is, after all, a civil icon. It points to a complex synthesis of meanings from home, to patriotism, to a national “ideal”, to the sacrifice of those in service of … Read More →
Preaching is a task that we priests do at least every Sunday, and many of us more often. St John Chrysostom, my patron Saint, said that this is one of the most important tasks of the priest. I have been asked in the past how I prepare homilies. I preach without notes before but that doesn’t mean … Read More →
We have entered that beautiful season in the Church where we bless holy water and homes. I try to give a little explanation about that in my new video blog series that you can find on Facebook, but very soon, elsewhere!
We all know the next phrase in that Scriptural quote… don’t we? Did you think, “…and on earth peace, good will towards men”? What if I told you that there is also an ancient manuscript tradition that is translated, “…and on earth peace, towards men of good will“? This is actually the translation of the words … Read More →
The celebration of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh (Christmas) is an extremely joyful one. I don’t see the old “people laughing, people passing, greeting smile after smile” so much any more, but it is still joyful. Even those who are strictly “spiritual” and not “religious” seem to get into the swing … Read More →
I was recently asked by an old friend of mine to address sola scriptura from the stand point of spiritual pathology, or more closely to his words, what does this do to one’s soul and how does one heal that? For decades Orthodox Christians have written about sola scriptura in view of theology and authority, but … Read More →