How to Wake Up from the Slumber of Sloth (Thurs. March 25)

Feast of the Annunciation The word of the day is “slumber.”  Most have times when the fervor of the faith dies down, and we find that we are just going through the motions of religious practice.  In those times of spiritual lethargy, we are sleepwalking in the Spirit.  Today’s reading of Proverbs 6:3-20 includes a warning against the lethargy that rests and sleeps when it is time for activity and work. The sage writes, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep so shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man” (NKJV vs. 10).  Today, we will apply this admonition to the spiritual vice of “sloth.” …

The Cultivation of Virtue (Fri. Dec. 18)

The word of the day is “virtue.”  In today’s reading of Titus 1:15-2:10, St. Paul gives instructions about the virtues that Timothy should teach his flock. Paul gives special counsel for different groups in the congregation: older men and older women, younger women and younger men,  and bondservants. A Pattern of Good Works But the young Bishop himself should be “a pattern of good works in doctrine, showing integrity, reverence and incorruptibility” (vs. 2: 7) (Strong’s 5179, 254). The Greek word that The Orthodox Study Bible translates as “pattern” comes from the term “stamp with a blow.”  What is struck by the die is a copy of the original (Strong’s #5179, 254).  As such a stamp, Timothy should “show himself”…