A Simple Life, An Unfolded Soul

Our culture and media resound with the call to live more simply. Interestingly, the desire to pare life down to the essentials is voiced by virtually every major segment of readers, from secular to new age to generally religious to specifically Christian crowds. There is something about our current societal, cultural, and digital predicament that activates the human…

Trusting “Deep Time”

Last week, I relaunched the Time Eternal podcast with a new format and feel (see what I mean by listening to the first episode, entitled “Sites of Eternity”). One of my inspirations for “Sites of Eternity” was Krista Tippett’s  interview with Catholic theologian Fr. Richard Rohr. At the beginning of the conversation, Tippett and Rohr are talking about the…

A Cure for Despondency: Addressing Despondency and Inter-Generational Tension in the Church

This past weekend, I was blessed to have the opportunity to speak at the biennial national assembly of the Ladies Philoptochos Association of Canada, a department of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada) that assists the Church with philanthropy and service. I was asked to speak about despondency (acedia), one of the primary spiritual passions, and how…

Tracking Time, Day 1: Lessons in Life, Mortality, Stress, and Faith

Yesterday, I started doing something I’ve been putting off for a while: I started tracking my time. As in, recording how I spend my time for virtually every waking minute. (Scroll to the end of this post for a more practical explanation of how I did this.) You’re probably wondering why I would voluntarily torture myself like this.…

Despondency, Beauty, and Activism

Last week, my husband forwarded a video to me called Ακτιβισμός και ακηδία. My Greek is just good enough to understand the title–Activism and Acedia–but not good enough to understand much of the speaker’s point, and we have yet to sit down and watch it together. Nonetheless, it got me thinking about the intersection between this pernicious spiritual…

Praying When the Times Hurt

*** (Caveat: In this post, I make reference to political events/ figures, but my purpose in doing so is not to speak to issues of politics but to give voice to a spiritual struggle that is common to us all, regardless of what side of the partisan lines we are on. It’s been a difficult election for all.…