Homily Notes for the Sunday of All Saints

Sunday of All Saints St. Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30 Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.  But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Then Peter answered and said to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?" So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes for Pentecost: How to Acquire the Holy Spirit

How to acquire the Holy Spirit Come to Church and follow the Orthodox Way.  A fruit of the Orthodox Way is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit. Won’t happen; can’t happen outside of Church. Look at the icon; look at the scripture It is not an individual gift, meant for our personal satisfaction. Reinforces the point about Church: it’s not for YOU it’s for us; You can know that God is anywhere and everywhere, but if you want to be part of Him and His plan, then it all begins here. The Holy Spirit cannot work within a heart that is filled with passions and false gods.  Repentance.  While the Holy Spirit will guide your conscience, that is not the main voice that it uses.  Unless you have all the virtue of a … [Continue reading]

Genealogy: Perkins Ancestors in Colonial America

Abraham Perkins' grave in South Kingston, RI

ABRAHAM PERKINS (1608-1683) was born on 28 January 1608 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England. He was christened on 28 January 1608 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.  He married Mary Wythe in 1638 in Hillmorton and emmigrated to the New World in 1638. … [Continue reading]

Homily notes on the man born blind – Hope for the Hopeless

Homily Notes on the Man Born BlindSt. John 9:1-38 [Memorial Day weekend: self-sacrifice among soldiers, self-sacrifice in the family, self-sacrifice in the Church] Meme in a demotivational poster:  It could be that [the purpose] your life is only … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes – Christ’s Ministry to the Samaritan Woman

St. John 4:5-42 This encounter gives us an account of Christ’s showing us on how to live a human life. The way He shared the faith:  He has [is!] something beautiful; he shares it simply with others – not out of ego but so that there would be … [Continue reading]

Notes on Christian Meditation and Living the Good Life

Talk on Christian Meditation and Living the Good LifeSt. Michael UOC Ladies' Sodality RetreatFr. Anthony Perkins, 13 May 2014 There is within us, a yearning for something better. We feel ourselves to be refugees in a land that isn't quite right. We … [Continue reading]

If Putin were President of Mexico: the Reconquista

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The Background: Before Putin came to Power in MexicoDue to the annexation of large portions of Mexican territory in the 19th century and generations of immigration, a significant portion of the population of US border areas was comprised of … [Continue reading]

From GGWB: Priests, you don’t have to like your parish either

Icon from Archangel Icons.

In my post, “You Don’t Have to Like Your Priest”, I built on Brother Patrick’s essay to describe some of the reasons that people don’t like their Orthodox priests, making the general point that all of his foibles pale in comparison to the One Thing … [Continue reading]

From GGWB: You Don’t have to Like Your Priest

Chapter Seven of Fr. David’s book (from Ancient Faith Publishing) uses the models of Lawyer, Doctor, Teacher, Artist, and Manager to help parishioners understand their relationship with their priest.

A reader recommended Brother Patrick Mary Briscoe’s article “You Don’t have to Like Your priest” (published on March 7, 2014 at Dominicana)   It is an excellent article and I recommend it, too.  Imitation is the highest form of flattery.  The … [Continue reading]

Homily – Saint Gregory of Palamas

 We have arrived at the second week of Great Lent. It is like the the second lap of a hard race, one we run to win. How are we doing? The sudden aches of the first week have receded, but we struggle to find our pace. My mirror. The real mirror is the … [Continue reading]