Shake It Off

Every day, my youngest son comes home from school with new rips in his jeans. “It can’t be helped,” he tells me. You see, Four Square is a very physical game, and playing Four Square at recess is just what you do in the 5th grade. And not diving across the blacktop to return a wicked serve? Unthinkable. My kids’ passion for this popular playground/driveway pastime comes in waves. Now that springtime has finally planted itself…

Let No One Go Hungry Away

At bedtime the other night, we started talking about Judas. Just the mention of his name got my younger two fired up, because, seriously, what a jerk for selling out Jesus. “With a kiss, even!” said my daughter, shaking her head in disbelief. Salvation and morality seem pretty black and white at their age, and their righteous indignation toward Judas’s infamous betrayal of Christ speaks to their childlike loyalty to the faith they’ve been born…

Come and See

  “Orthodoxy is Christianity understood as supreme Beauty.” – Fr. Alexander Elchaninov   “The Psalms come to us as songs. What we believe is prayed in our hymnography. Our theology, iconographically speaking, appears in form and color. When trying to describe the beauty, joy, and simply the experience of being in God’s presence the Church invites us to utilize ways and language that encourage wonder, reflection, and a ‘growth in life, and…

Come As You Are

  Yesterday after liturgy, my friend and fellow parishioner, Steve, gave a brief lesson on Saint Mary of Egypt. He told about her enslavement to her lusts and addictions, and her impulsive trip to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, throughout which she continued to gratify her rampant sexual desires. Once she finally arrived at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, however, she was prohibited from entering by…