Normal Orthodoxy Is Discerning

Here’s my biggest problem: I can’t tell a weed from a good plant. So, when I discovered that my smartphone could help out with this, I was ecstatic! Maybe now I’ll stop overlooking plants that are choking out my flowers! But that’s one of the benefits of attentiveness – it creates discernment. St. John Climacus says discernment is “the sure possession of the will of God in every time and place and…

Weeds in The Garden of My Heart

OK, let me confess something; I am not very talented when it comes to growing things. In fact, every time I’ve tried to plant and tend a garden, it has ended up either overrun by weeds or eaten by critters or over watered or under watered! I just don’t have the proverbial “green thumb.” I don’t know why. Maybe it’s a lack of patience or a lack of discipline. Or maybe it’s…