The Cross as Cure For Spiritual Illness

The wonderful reality is that the parallel between physical health and spiritual health is very significant. If exercise is good to make you physically healthy then spiritual exercise is absolutely necessary for your spiritual health. If what you eat affects your physical health then what you spiritually consume affects your spiritual health. It turns out the wonderful reality of spiritual health is all about being willing to hear the Good News that…

A Firm Foundation – Sunday’s Homily

Ideas have consequences. If the underlying philosophy of a society is flawed, the effects are real and, if the flaws are bad enough, they spell destruction for that society. When the structure is unsound, the people are unsafe. And the whole purpose of the Faith is to be the spiritual building blocks meant to “construct” the character of Christ in you and the world. The ONLY place to get the most robust…

Made To Be Like Christ – Sunday’s Homily

The Christian Faith is meant to transform you into a “new creature.” You are made to become like Christ. In fact, the purpose of the Orthodox Faith is to have you enter a lifestyle that remakes you from the inside out. And it will be as we bend our will to the “steadfastness of the Scriptures” and the encouragement of the Faith that we will focus on that which must be transformed…

Loving Rightly – A Cosmic Invitation

On this Sunday of All Saints in our Orthodox calendar, we are confronted by the stark beauty of the “friends of God” and how they loved God first in their lives. All other priorities are AFTER my love for God. Jesus, Himself, says a disturbing truth when He declares that I must love Him more than my mother, and if I don’t love Him more than my mother I cannot be His…

A Dangerous Homily About God – Sunday’s Homily

On this Feast of Pentecost, we face a culture that has increased the power of shallowness and decreased the value of depth and maturity to the point where there is no sobriety, but only division and individual focus. This is absolutely opposed to how God created us. Because He created us in His Image and He knows Himself as Persons in Communion. And this is the only way you will know yourself.…

Sunday’s Homily – Curiosity And Then Some

On this Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, we learn just what it takes to be rescued from a life stuck in the slavery of passions. And these three characteristics we learn today will not only set this woman free but a whole village. What is so amazing is the lack of curiosity that seems to exalt my own opinions above centuries of wisdom. And that is too shallow to make you a…