Too Much To Do!

Have you ever looked at your schedule and thought “Wow, how am I ever going to finish all this?” Yea, me too! I sometimes wonder about all our “busyness.” Is mere abundance of activity really necessary, or are we doing so much to “hide” from something? Just looking at my own children’s schedule of dance practice, play dates, and social engagements makes me want to run and hide from all the deadlines,…

I Hate It When THAT Happens

I was talking to someone the other day and we were discussing a fairly important subject when it dawned on me “We are not really speaking the same language.” It frustrated me and, I confess, I was at a loss as to how to bridge this gap in our understanding each other. You see, this person came from a vastly different place that I had. Our experiences were different. Our relationships were…

Diluted Medicine

A German doctor named Samuel Christian Hahnemann was dissatisfied with the medicines of his day. He lived in a day before the discovery of vaccines, the germ theory, and systematic medical testing. He is said to be the father of homeopathy medicines and developed the idea that if you diluted the basics of a disease then you could cure the disease in a person. As you can immagine, modern medical science rejects homeopathy…

Alas, Poor Yorick!

I love this line from Shakespeare: “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs? Your flashes of merriment,…

Know Them By Their Fruits

Marketing experts expect U.S. companies to spend over 200 BILLION dollars on advertising and marketing this year. While TV advertising is still number one in marketing dollars, online ads are gaining ground, with the mobile ads starting to appear on the phone screens of Americans gaining the most ground. And do you know why American companies will spend this much money on advertising? Because it works! In fact, something horrible happens when you…

Sheep And Wolves

“If you want a guarantee, buy a dishwasher!” These are the plain spoken words of a wise man to me early on in my spiritual journey that eventually led me to the Orthodox Church. He was responding to my questions about assurance of salvation and my mindset that still saw my relationship with God and my Christian life as more of a contractual business relationship rather than the messy relationships based on…

Do Not Swear

There is a radicalness to the Gospel of Jesus that simply confounds most in our world, even those of us who claim to follow the Man from Galilee. The truth is this radical message is in stark contrast to much of the underlying philosophy and “epistemology” (an important word worth looking up and exploring!) of most human philosophy and even religions. Such is the radical nature of the Lord’s teaching in today’s…

A Stranger They Will Not Follow

I was a nervous wreck! A 15 year old teenager with his best buddies were sneaking into a movie theater without paying! I can hear the voice of my mother in my head “Young man, you carry your family name. That should make you think twice about doing things you know you shouldn’t!” We didn’t get caught. We loved the movie. We laughed, and we congratulated ourselves for our stealth and our…

Doing the Hard Work of Communion

There seems to be a cottage industry that has developed in America all surrounding the notion that modern life is lonely. It seems this sense of loneliness flows from the notion that we are to be “self sufficient” and not “need” anybody to help us. We live in a society of radically autonomous people all insisting that their immediate desire is the highest good and must be achieved! Of course, there is…

Blessed are the ….

A dear priest friend of mine is on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and other holy sites in the area. Recently he and his fellow pilgrims came to the final resting place of Lazarus, the man the Lord raised from the dead. And that got me started thinking about Lazarus and his miraculous healing and then what followed. You see, Lazarus died a second time and we have his relics with us…