‘The Father begot Me, His creative Wisdom …’

This will be an unusually brief post, for me, but I doubt anyone will complain too much about that. We’re getting into that homestretch of Holy Week where it begins to feel like a marathon race. There’s so much material that goes by so fast in these last days before Pascha. But have you ever heard something in the middle of the hymns or readings that jumps out at you? I had…

5 things I STILL learn from St. Mary of Egypt

St. Mary of Egypt and I go way back. It doesn’t feel like it sometimes. It feels like just yesterday when I heard her story for the first time. I was just becoming Orthodox and hadn’t yet picked a patron saint. And then the entire narrative of St. Mary of Egypt was told, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I won’t go over it here — if you haven’t heard it, you…

The fear of forgiveness

To judge from the world around us, the most frightening thing to have to do in the course of our constant interaction with others is to have to apologize. And look at the non-apologies that we have seen public figures take refuge in: I’m sorry if what I said/did offended anyone I admit that may not have been my best decision. Oh well. Nobody’s perfect — I know I’m not. Is it really that…

A nickname, a miracle and an icon

It’s my birthday today (– let’s go easy on the Many Years wishes, shall we? I’ve already seen quite a few years as it is), and I realized with a little embarrassment that I didn’t know anything particular about the saints for February 21. But a perusal at the list of those commemorated didn’t produce any that particularly jumped out at me. I say that with some embarrassment and confess honestly that it shows a…

What is a Christian end to life?

In the old days, she would be propped up on a comfy pillow, in fresh cleaned sheets under the corner window where she would in days gone past watch her children play. Soup would boil on the stove just in case she felt like a sip or two. Perhaps the radio softly played Al Jolson or Glenn Miller, flowers sat on the nightstand, and family quietly came and went. These were her…

TwoThree carols to sing after Christmas

I have run this little series for years — the traditional Christmas carols that really make more sense to sing after Christmas — and I can’t believe I missed the most obvious one — the 12 Days of Christmas. Whoops. So I’ve added it this year, and here are the two three carols you can begin singing now that December 25 is past: