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).…

Under the Laurel Tree: All about My New Book

Hi friends! Just wanted to pop in and let you all know that my next book, Under the Laurel Tree: Grieving Infertility with Saints Joachim and Anna, will be released TOMORROW October 29, 2019! To be part of the launch week festivities, I encourage you to subscribe to my personal blog, where I’ll share links, guest posts, and giveaways.…

A Mini-Lecture on “Eternity and Time” by Dumitru Staniloae

We’re in the thick of the fall semester at the Orthodox School of Theology! This semester, I get to co-teach my favorite course, Sanctification of Time: Orthodox Liturgy of the Hours and Liturgical Year with the co-director of our program (and my priest, friend, fellow time enthusiast) Fr. Geoffrey Ready. The aim of this course is to explore…

Telling Time in Einstein’s Dreams

I recently finished reading Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams, a bestselling novel from 1993 that walks through a series of fictionalized dreams Einstein had about time, inspiring the theory of relativity in 1905. Luckily Einstein’s Dreams reads as though it were the work of a lyricist or poet, not a physicist–it’s a stunning portrait of everyday life in time,…