Bring Me A Coin

A recent scientific journal reported on the 11 year cycle of our sun. It turns out that every 11 years our sun flips its polar magnetic poles. This affects the number of sunspots and other solar phenomena that ripples all the way out to the edge of our solar system. Fascinating information. And much like other bits of information too big for any of us to have any control over in our…

The Nativity Homily of St. John Chrysostom

“BEHOLD a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth, and man in heaven. He Who is above, now for our redemption dwells here…

This is the Lord’s Doing

Amazing! It’s the only word that comes to mind as I ponder today’s Gospel Lesson. The truth is my own words, my own actions, my own attitudes is all that will be necessary to display to reveal my true self, both my greatest deeds and my secret failures. It’s why I always wonder at those who constantly insist “You can’t judge me.” Of course I can’t. Besides, I don’t need to judge…

Run For Our Life

Christ is Born! As we enter the season of Christmas and celebrate these 12 Days with joy and feasting, let us also remember the Source of our joy. Because if this Source slips from our hearts and minds, it won’t be long until the feasting and the joy is meaningless and therefore empty and missing! To help us, Orthodox On Purpose will focus more intently the rest of this week on the…

He Whom Nothing Can Contain

He whom nothing can contain has been contained in a womb.* He is in the Father’s bosom and His Mother’s embrace.* How can this be, but as He knows and willed and was well pleased.* Fleshless as He was, He willingly took flesh.* And He Who Is became what He was not, for us.* And while departing not from His own nature,* He shared in our nature’s substance.* So Christ was born…

Marines Don’t Do That

I was reading an article today by Michael Wheeler of Harvard Business School on how to make necessary split second decisions. Interestingly enough, Mr. Wheeler concluded that these kinds of decisions we all face always flow from our life-long and deeply developed character. Dr. Wheeler’s article “Marines Don’t Do That: Mastering the Split-Second Decision” concludes that making these kinds of decisions in our lives require us to constantly summon the better parts…

This Christmas

This Christmas night bestowed peace on the whole world; So let no one threaten; This is the night of the Most Gentle One – Let no one be cruel; This is the night of the Humble One – Let no one be proud. Now is the day of joy – Let us not revenge; Now is the day of Good Will – Let us not be mean. In this Day of Peace…

More Than Meets the Eye

There is a line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet that I have always loved. It comes in Act 1, scene 5: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” It’s such a wonderful encounter in the play, and it serves as such a wonderful illustration of the necessary humility that we all must embrace when it comes to our own intellect and our so-called “rational” mind.…

Hagia Sophia: A Mosque or a Church

Date: December 19, 2013 ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER RHETORIC TO CONVERT HAGIA SOPHIA INTO A MOSQUE NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, expressed his grave concern over current rhetoric by some Turkish state officials regarding the intention to convert the historic Hagia Sophia (the magnificent 6th-century Orthodox Christian Cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople) from a museum to a functioning mosque.…

The Stove Is Hot

Let’s face it, we live in a society that has exalted radical uncertainty to a virtue. Where the “really sophisticated” people pride themselves on being able to “see all sides” of an issue without ever coming down clearly on a position. The modern thinkers fear being labeled “fundamentalists” or “close minded” and fear this so strongly that the fundamentally refuse to hold a position on anything except that they refuse to hold…