Self-Reliance

Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Inter-dependency Since the foundation of this monastic community some twenty-seven years ago, our holy brotherhood has been working towards becoming as self-reliant as is possible, given the age we live in. Recognizing that most of human kind, since the beginning, had no choice but to depend on personal gardens for vegetables, raising cows for milk and cheese,…

Self-esteem

Ferry to Vashon Island The Idolatry of Self-esteem Among the contributors to self-worship, is the possibility of falling into a form of idolatry associated with self-esteem. It is easy to fall into this form of idolatry, since our society has placed a great deal of emphasis on the need for self-esteem. The modern religion of psychoanalysis has promoted self-esteem as…

How to Create Harmony

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon How to create harmony out of chaosThe briefness of life has become ever more evident as we’ve been forced to witness the senseless killings of innocent people in schools and theaters across this nation. Death comes to all of us, but when it comes in such vile and evil form, it is hard to comprehend.…

Chaplains:

First Responders to First Responders Chaplains are called to be for officers what the officers cannot be for themselves. Chaplains must be advocates for their police officers, before their chiefs, and with the community. Police, by their vary nature, have to be tough, often forced to swallow the pain and evil they see on a daily basis, because to be…

Regular Has Changed

Our Toxic Environment  The main speaker for our International Conference of Police Chaplains, was Samuel L. Feemster, a retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent who was assigned to the FBI Academy. According to Mr. Feemster, our police officers are serving in a society that is filled with a toxicity that necessitates spiritual health, as well as mental and physical health.  A…

Police

A City without Police Would be a Hell of a Place  The first time I ever visited the City of San Francisco, a friend took a photo of me on a city bus, with an ad showing just above me that read, “San Francisco Would be a Hell of a Place without Police”. Even as a long haired “flower child”…

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Christos razhdayetsya! Slavite yoho! Kristos rozhdaetsya! Slav’te ego! Hristos se Rodi! Voistinu se Rodi! Almasihu Wulidah! Famajjiduhu! Today we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord, He Who came to the world to restore peace and love. May we war against evil and the self, fighting with the weapons of peace. And may the Prince of Peace enter…

Cloud of Witnesses

The Saints are Alive in Christ JesusVigil lights are placed before the icons of the saints, according to Saint Symeon the New Theologian, as a way of showing that without the Light, Who is Christ, the saints are nothing. It is only as the light of Christ shines on them that they become alive and resplendent. The saints show us…

The Calendar

Nativity: December 25th or January 7th? Regarding the Church Calendar (also known as the Old Calendar, and the Julian Calendar), I am grateful that our monastery is part of a jurisdiction that has remained true to the Traditional Calendar. The move to the Papal Calendar was, to my mind, divisive, and it is my prayer that the whole of the…

Friday January 4, 2013 / December 22, 2012

The Royal Hours at Christmas   All Divine Liturgies in the Orthodox Church are preceded by the chanting of the Hours services, consisting of psalms, hymns and prayers. But in the great cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, the Byzantine Emperor was present each year at the service beginning the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. Therefore, the Hours preceding…

Exercising Virtue

Mt. Rainier as seen from Vashon Island Vigilantly Exercise Virtue in the Coming Year It is a tradition among Americans to make a New Year’s Resolution, pledging ourselves to positive change in the coming months. We decide we’re going to lose weight, and set the loss of a certain amount as our goal for the coming year. We promise ourselves…

Monastic Vocation

click on areal of monastery to enlarge The Call to Monasticism is all About Relationships The monastic vocation is a special calling from God that is all about relationships. It is a relationship that involves community (the monastic brotherhood), but primarily revolves around the monk’s relationship with God. Monks are not holy men who are living lives set apart from…