Christ’s Transfiguration, our transformation

“There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Kingdom of God present in power.” Mark 9:1 Today on the feastday of Transfiguration, we stand with Peter, James and John, enraptured with the incredible revelation of Christ shining with divine power, conversing with Moses and Elijah. I have heard believing and non-believing friends say wistfully that they wish that God would just reveal Himself clearly and incontrovertibly…

Gay marriage: Did we start it?

A last thought concerning the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage in our country. Is it possible that the dysfunction that led to this began with us? When did the first symptoms of cancer begin to show in the sacrament of marriage? A couple quick graphs:       I can’t help asking, not for the first time, what spirit was afoot in the post-WWII decades? Is it really that surprising that subsequent generations would grow increasingly…

‘When nothing is left of Christianity, …’

To say these are troubling times would be the understatement of the century. The culture brings new shocks every day, and all realities suddenly seem open to interpretation. Not only do we have men that “self-identify” as women but people that “self-identify” as — I’m not making this up — vampires, dragons, plants and animals. And meanwhile, around the world, Christians are under attack, whether by Islamists (and, in India, radical Hindus) in the East or militant atheists in “post-Christian”…

St. Francis of … Ireland?

Interesting saint of the day: Venerable Kevin of Glendalough in Ireland. In his youth, he had a problem keeping his temper and found comfort more in the company of animals than people. Born in 498, he eventually found peace by pursuing the monastic calling, but his fondness for animals — and theirs for him — remained his whole life. There are numerous legends about this saint and the animals that brightened his life…

Military sacrifice and the bigger picture

Working on an editorial cartoon for Memorial Day a few years ago, I came across this short video tribute by the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF) to those who died in wartime, and was touched by the evocative images and footage. There’s more division on this issue than we always care to admit. When the photos of Arlington Cemetery came up, it reminded me of how we see things differently. For those who…

St. George … minus the dragon

St. George the Trophy-bearer George the Great Martyr and Triumphant Holy-Glorious Hieromartyr George Today is his name-day, and another year for me to wonder to myself at the extreme popularity of this saint. You almost can’t exaggerate how much he means to Orthodox people everywhere. Here’s the quote from St. Andrew of Crete that greeted me in today’s reading of my Orthodox daily calendar: Let not one think that it is by…