Remembering One’s First Love

“None are so old as those who’ve outlived enthusiasm (Henry David Thoreau).” Given my many cancelled lectures around the country due to the pandemic shutdown, I am now living the life of a hermit. Good for most monks I would guess, but certainly not my cup of tea. I really miss encountering people at the lectures, and sharing with many…

Let Peace Reign

During difficult times it is important that we let peace reign in our hearts A number of recent disturbing events within the life of the Church have left many, including some clergy and monastics, with the sense of gloom, wondering what’s coming next. During times like this it is good to remember that nothing has changed during the two thousand…

Sharing Orthodoxy in a Post-Christian Age

Others cannot know they need Christ if they do not see Him in us Christ empowers us to change the hearts and minds of others by the example of our allowing Christ to change us. In the words of Saint Seraphim of Sarov, if we “acquire a humble and contrite heart, a thousand around us will be saved”. If others…

When God Seems Absent

Those times when God seems absent are only an illusion Sometimes we enter a dark place where God seems distant from us. This is only an illusion, for God is closer to us than our own breath. These times are allowed by God to bring us closer to Him, much like the loving parent who stands her child on his…

Broken

What must we do when we feel broken? It is only human to become despondent when we have failed in keeping to our moral, ethical and spiritual standards, succumbing, instead, to temptation. Our Orthodox Faith teaches that we must be compassionate towards others, loving, quick to forgive, exemplar in our Christian living, and always demonstrating to the world that we…

Isolation

Isolation does not have to be a part of our world The Church is the Body of Christ and by Her very nature is anything but an institution wherein one can be isolated from others. We only let it be so if we fail to involve ourselves as the people of God, with one another. The greeting given by Orthodox…

The Acquisition of Wisdom

The acquisition of wisdom does not necessarily come with age It has been said that wisdom comes with age, and to some degree this is quite true. I’ve often had conversations with old college friends about how nice it would have been to have had the knowledge and wisdom we have now, back when we were young. Knowing what we…

Christ Before All and Above All

Our gospel centered response to the evil that would destroy our world No matter what the times, no matter what the circumstances, no matter what the context or dynamic an Orthodox Christian finds themselves in, above all we are called to be an Orthodox Christian. We are Christ’s children first and foremost, and then we are members of various places,…

Climate Change

Climate change is a reality that is ignored to our peril We of the twenty-first century have given ourselves over to consuming addictions more than any time in history. Even a casual look at how we live our lives makes it abundantly clear that we are so caught up in our addictions that we can’t even begin to notice that…

Powers of Darkness

Our enemies are not armies, but demons Many people are convinced we are living in the end times. They look to changes in the earth’s climate, ever more disastrous storms and the failing economy due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the political upheaval in our land, as signs of the end times. Coupled with the increase in terrorist…

Religious Liberty

Religious liberty has fast become a disfavored right As Christians we all know that religious liberty and free speech are imperiled, what with the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, and the censorship of differing views by many of our large social media companies. Supreme Court Justice Alito, said censorship has “resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty” and whatever people believe…