What Should I Read Next? 3 Books to Read if You Liked Time and Despondency

(Note: Some links below may be affiliate links. More info here.)  Not infrequently, Time and Despondency  readers inquire what I recommend they read next. It’s a question I receive more often the closer Great Lent gets and folks start scoping out reading material to complement the themes of the Fast. With that in mind, I’m posting three books that…

The “End” of Christmas: What St. Gregory Wanted for Christmas in AD 380

Back in November, I read a wonderful homily by St. Gregory the Theologian that I have returned to often throughout Nativity this year. Oration 38 (read the full text here) was written in 380-81 and is often subtitled “On the Theophany, or Birthday of Christ,” leaving Orthodox Christians everywhere to wonder: which is it, St. Gregory? Christmas or…

5 Ways to Redeem the Time during the Nativity Fast

The Nativity Fast starts tomorrow (New Calendar)! I can almost smell the pine trees… and lentils. Speaking of beans, in our tradition, we are given a multitude of time-honored practices that invite us into the liturgical and sacramental significance of Christ’s entrance into this world–fasting rubrics, for example, or added emphasis on repentance, prayer, and almsgiving.  It’s tempting…

No Pregnancy in Heaven: Infertility and Theological Anthropology

I’ve been doing a bunch of guest posting on other blogs regarding the intersection between infertility and faith (you can find an ongoing archive of these posts here). One that Time Eternal readers may be particularly interested in was a reflection I wrote for Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy that explored what it means to be human from the vantage point…

A #TemporalTuesdays post about the prayers of Hannah

I’m giving thanks because today’s the official launch date for my new book, Under the Laurel Tree: Grieving Infertility with Saints Joachim and Anna! In honor of this momentous occasion, I selected today’s #TemporalTuesdays quote from it. The sermon I quote is from Vol 1 of St. John Chrysostom’s Homilies on the Old Testament (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2007).…