Pay Attention

Funny, I didn’t know I owed Attention any money! Interesting phrase “pay attention.” It seems to suggest that attention must always be something I have to place value upon if I am going to be aware of important things. The truth is I usually only “pay attention” to things I already think “deserve attention.” But what about those places in my life that “need attention” that I am not paying attention to?…

Shrewd or Wise?

You’ve heard me say this before if you’ve been reading a while: Being shrewd isn’t necessarily the same as being wise. And the reason is an evil man can be shrewd and calculating, but only a good man can be truly wise. Now that doesn’t mean that shrewdness is always evil. Far from it. Our Lord told His disciples in Matthew 10:6 “…be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” And He…

REPENT!

Today is the Sunday After the Feast of Epiphany (Theophany) and we read in our Gospel Lesson that St. John the Baptist has been arrested. Our Lord’s response to that new was to tell the people to repent. What does metantia (the Koiene Greek word that English translates as “repent”) have to do with facing reversals in your life? Let me just quote St. Isaac the Syrian: “This life is given to…

But WHY?

It seems the book by Simon Sinek “Start With Why – How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone” has struck a chord with many. And the question is “why does asking why help so very much?” The answer is found in knowing the fundamental nature and purpose of any activity. You can use a hammer to do many things, from nailing a board to a stud to breaking a window to even more nefarious…

The Spirit Drives

The Centers for Disease Control came out with their 2012 report on Births in the US and they discovered that out of the almost 4 million births in America, over 1,600,000 babies were born this past year to unwed women. You can read the entire report at www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr62/nvsr62_09.pdf While I truly appreciate the old saying that figures don’t lie, but liars figure, I can’t help but be struck by the almost complete…

He Must Increase

Einstein’s theories of relativity and space time mark science’s attempt to explore and understand the created order. And reading about these ideas gives me a headache! But I am fascinated by the complex beauty and wonder these ideas reveal. A recent long term experiment conducted to test the theory of curved space time and the effects this has on our perception of time is awe inspiring. Scientists have more information today about…

Freedom in Knowing

Ralph Waldo Emerson once suggested that the greatest invention of humanity is friendship. But Emerson is mistaken. Friendship isn’t man’s invention. It is God’s. No matter how hard we try to hide it, our hunger for intimacy, relationships, and communion always “spills” out of our hearts. That’s why we hunger for friends and companions. That’s why, as rare a true love may be, true friendship is rarer still. And yet, we long…

When You, O Lord…

“When You, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the Voice of the Father bore witness unto You and called You His beloved Son. And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the truthfulness of His Word. O Christ, our God, Who has revealed Yourself, and has enlightened the world, glory to You!” On this Feast of Theophany, let us drown…

At the Beginning of the Year

Words for me at the beginning of the year: “Love, endure, overlook, do not get angry, do not become irritated, forgive one another, in order that you resemble our Christ and are counted worthy to be near to Him in His kingdom.” Elder Ephraim of Philotheou Mount Athos, “Counsels from the Holy Mountain” Today, when you can only notice the need for these words in your own life and take no thought of…