St. John of the Ladder and a Defense of Tradition

A Meditation on St. John's "The Ladder of Divine Ascent" The farmer's wealth is gathered on the threshing floor and in the wine press, but the wealth and knowledge of the monk is gathered during the evenings and the night hours while standing at prayer and engaged in spiritual activity. Step 20 (on vigil), 10. When the day is over, the vendor sits down and counts his profits; but the acetic does so when the psalmody is over. Step 20 (on vigil), 18. Stillness of the body is the knowledge and composure of the habits and feelings. And stillness of soul is the knowledge of one's thoughts and an inviolable mind. Step 27 (on stillness), 2. What is Orthodox Tradition? Why is it important for us to immerse ourselves in the worship and … [Continue reading]

Homily of the Cross and The Way

Homily on the Third Sunday of Great Lent, the Sunday of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. St. Mark 8:34-9:1 Notes: Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Self Denial. We deny ourselves those things that lead us into sin. This sounds easy, but it isn't. We fight/play as we train. When we fast, we are denying ourselves something good ? why? For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. Losing our life. This is poetic language. The life we lose is the one that isn't worth living. It's joys, such as they are, are temporary and counter-productive. The life we are giving up is … [Continue reading]

St Gregory Palamas, Marriage, and the Uncreated Light

Check out this episode! +++ Marriage as a Metaphor for Orthodoxy Homily of St. Gregory Palamas Today we celebrate the life and teachings of someone who really got it ? St. Gregory Palamas; he experienced God's love for him in a real and … [Continue reading]

Homily for Sunday of Orthodoxy (F&W)

How does the Gospel transform lives? There is no enchantment that goes through parish rosters to change those listed on it into heirs of the Most High.  It's not even enough for us to mutter the right theological incantation.  So what does it take?  … [Continue reading]

Sunday of Forgiveness

The homily is the Epistle of the Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops outside Ukraine on Great Lent.  The extra words and music were taken from the service of forgiveness at the end of Divine Liturgy. Check out this episode! *** The Great Lent (2018) … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #30: Evil in Canaan (WHY III)

Today we present the third possible explanation for the cleansing of the Holy Land.  It seems that the requirement for complete destruction was only directed towards those tribes that had giants in them; was this the continuation of the "war of … [Continue reading]

Homily – The Last Judgment

There are broken and despairing people in this world; it is our charge to care for them. We can justify our indifference with all kinds of religion and sophistry, but in the end our deeds will be laid bare. Homily on the Last Judgment (Matthew … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #29: Full Spectrum Morality (WHY II)

In this class we continue trying to understand the conquest of the Holy Land in the Old Testament.  Fr. Anthony makes the case that there is more to morality than just being nice and that we cannot understand the Old Testament if we don't accept that … [Continue reading]

Parish Talk – Home is WHAT the Heart Is

We often hear that "Home is where the heart is", and this is certainly true.  But what if the longing we felt towards home could be satisfied not by a place, but by a condition of being?  What if we could "be" in that place where we find joyful … [Continue reading]

Homily – Prodigal Son

Three lessons from the parable of the Prodigal Son. Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]