Home Bible Study – Palm Sunday

The Triumphant Entry - Palm (Willow) Sunday St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9 BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, … [Continue reading]

UOL Retreat on Divine Liturgy – Lecture Notes

2017 UOL Lenten Retreat Divine Liturgy Why is it useful to study the Divine Liturgy? Practical reason: it'll make more sense We were made to be liturgical beings, but that is no longer true The main part of the Divine Liturgy is intuitive, but much is not Parts of it are down right incomprehesible Practical reason: you'll enjoy it more. Compare to going to a soccer match with seminarians. Both enjoy it; but different levels. Spiritual reason: it'll make the liturgy more effective Purpose of the liturgy? Trains and perfects our instincts through repetition Trains and perfects our minds through the words Trains and perfects our minds through the Mystery Transform our lives. … [Continue reading]

Home Bible Study – St. Mary of Egypt

St. Mary of Egypt - 5th Sunday of Lent Gospel: Mark 10:32-45. Now they were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Why were they amazed? This is … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes – St. John of the Ladder (Annual Meeting Sunday)

St. John of the Ladder (Our Annual Meeting Day) Great life. Not only did he enjoy it – and there is no doubt about his joy; (through his example and the book “The Ladder of Divine Ascent”) he made the same joy that he experienced accessible to … [Continue reading]

Home Bible Study – St. John of the Ladder

A bit of a change this week.  Rather than looking at the scripture readings for the coming Sunday, we are looking at a (very) few chapters from St. John of the Ladder. Some Lessons from St. John's “The Ladder of Divine Ascent” From Step Four: … [Continue reading]

A Homily on the Spiritual Life (lessons from The Ladder)

Every Sunday of Great Lent is dedicated to person or event, with the sequence of these commemorations designed to prepare us for a deeper participation in Christ’s passion and resurrection. This Sunday is dedicated to the life and work of St. John of … [Continue reading]

GGWB Episode #26 – Saving Ourselves from (Virtual) War

Saving Ourselves from the Damage of (Virtual) War by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast)  March 18, 2017 In this episode, Fr. Anthony talks about Great Lent in the Lehigh Valley (PA) and about how the Lenten disciplines - and … [Continue reading]

Retreat Notes: “Why Bother?”

Why do we bother? Why is this question worth asking? It comes to mind because lots of people do not bother, and our psychology is affected by their examples. It also comes to mind because it is hard. Takes up a lot of time. Takes … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes: Pick up your cross and follow me!

“Take up your cross and follow me” There are many ways to understand this command. Many take it as God's way of saying we need to put up with all the sufferings that our bodies give us. That's true, but there's more to it that. I want to use … [Continue reading]

Home Bible Study – The Cross

The Third Sunday of Great Lent: Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6 Beloved in Christ, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold … [Continue reading]