I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

You remember the story of the Tower of Babel in the First Testament. If not, refresh your memory by reading about the ambitions of humanity in Genesis 11:1-9. Suffice it to say that a unity of purpose is only as good as the motivation of that purpose! Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost and the fathers call the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost the reversal of the Tower of Babel.…

Say YES

I remember a time when I had to extend the power of attorney to someone to help me deal with a challenge in another state. The whole purpose of the power of attorney was so this person could act as me in the circumstance to achieve the desired goal. From a legal standpoint that person in the other state was me for a while. So, legally, I was in two places at…

LOVE Story

At the risk of really dating myself with this movie reference, I remember the movie “Love Story” and the famous line from the film “love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Hey, it was the early 70’s and we were just coming out of the tumultuous 60’s. We needed a bit of saccharine sweetness! But does love really mean never having to say you’re sorry? Really? Is our understanding of authentic…

All You Need

In a recent article of the national newspaper USA Today, the paper reports that, since 1970, marriages in the US continue to decline. The article goes on to suggest many factors for this demographic shift away from marriage and more towards cohabitation ranging from an increase in secular attitudes to economic chaos. (USA Today, June 17, 2013) Let’s face it, there is no sense in trying to pretend it is easy to…

Stay Connected!

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5ff) This declaration of our Lord Jesus in today’s Gospel lesson invites us to take seriously our daily struggle with a purposeful Orthodoxy AND reveals to us the absolute answer to that struggle. If I am going to “be”…

O, My Papa

Today, on this Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council and the American remembrance of Father’s Day, contemplate the word “father.” It is no mere title. It is a confession. Today, consider the word “father.”

Don’t Stop Believing!

There was a popular, feel good, song some time ago that said “I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky. I think about it every night and day; spread my wings and fly away. I believe I can soar….” It was a bit of self-help fluff that is so prevalent these days. But, it also contains some remnants of wisdom that shouldn’t be ignored. In his book “The…

Look, Up in the Sky!

Chris is Ascended! Have you ever met someone who had great potential but wasted their gifts by either not applying themselves or simply using their gifts badly? I have, and it is such a tragedy to watch someone who could really make something of themselves squander their gifts. This what I am convinced the angels think when they see us flailing around with our lives when we were created to be so much…

Do You Truly RE-Member?

Christ is risen! Today is the Apodosis (Leavetaking) of the Feast of Pascha. We get to once more celebrate as we did on that night 40 days ago when the church building was dark, the people were all crowded into the building holding unlit candles, and an anticipatory quiet hung heavy among the people. Suddenly, a single light appeared within the Holy Place and the priest coms through the Royal Doors with…

No, Really, Glory to God Alone!

Christ is risen! (only a few more days until our greeting changes to “Christ is Ascended!”) Today is a particularly special day for your writer in that today we remember St. Barnabas of the Seventy. St. Barnabas was the missionary companion of the Apostle Paul and actually introduced the converted persecutor of the Church to the 12 in Jerusalem. Today’s Epistle reading says: “IN THOSE DAYS, those apostles who were scattered because…