Freedom Isn’t Free

There’s one sure way for any politician to get an applause line in a stump speech. All he or she has to do is say “I support our troops!” And rightly so. The brave men and women who serve in our military perform a vital function in the preservation of our liberty, and we, as a nation, should always show our gratitude for their sacrificial service. The truth is freedom isn’t free,…

The Same, Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Today is the feast of the Three Hierarchs, St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom, the great 4th century preacher in Constantinople. Each year this feast day marks a powerful moment in the history of the Church. You see, at one time, these three saints had singular and separate feast days, and, as humans will do, controversy ensued. There developed over the years something of a rivalry…

He Ain’t Heavy

He’s my brother. You know the song. Everytime I think about that song, it reminds me of a story I saw once about two brothers, one very healthy and one with a severe disability, and the stronger brother decided to do triathlons to get his brother outside more. Of course they always came in last because the disabled brother had to be carried by the abled brother. They always ended the races…

Sheeple (In A Good Way)

Yesterday our parish was blessed with a visit by our Metropolitan (our bishop). Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta tries to visit all his communities through the year, which keeps him on the road a lot. But yesterday was our turn and it was a wonderful day. But it is always a treat to have him with us. Why do you think that is? Besides being a gracious man, and a good preacher, there…

I Would Do Anything

“Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he. He climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see.” On this Zaccaeus Sunday as we enter the wise preparation time approaching Great Lent, let us as ourselves if we are willing to do anything to see Jesus.

For Peace from Above

On this Saturday, let us remember our persecuted brethren in the Middle East and our brothers and sister in the Ukraine. For peace from above and for the salvation of the world, let us pray to the Lord.

First Things First

I recently received a note from a young man asking about our Orthodox faith. He is 15 years old and is already asking the questions that have him on a spiritual journey. Here’s an excerpt from his note (it is edited by me to avoid polemics and get to the heart of his comment): “I look at (my current tradition) and I see separation within the Body of Christ. I see how…

Come Here!

Who are you? Really, putting all our false faces aside and pulling back the curtain of our real selves, who are you? I know, I know, that’s a bit heavy for first thing in the morning. But entering into the life-long process of answering that question requires some prep work so we avoid continuing to lie to ourselves. And that’s where some fundamental choices about reality come into play. We live in…

The Last First

“Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices.” – Alfred A. Montapert, author of The Supreme Philosophy of Man:The Laws of Life Today is the anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that effectively made abortion on demand legal in the United States. And the political and moral discussions continue, and will continue forever. All sides in this debate have been making the same arguments…