Evangelizing Men without Chests – can it be done?

Professor Anthony Esolen writes for Touchstone Magazine (subscribe now!)

Professor Anthony Esolen has a real gift for juxtaposing the depravities and weaknesses of modern culture with the strength of traditional Christianity.  While his critiques are strong, one of the things I appreciate about him is that he is criticizing western civilization from the inside.  As such, I think of him as a sort of Roman Catholic David Bentley Hart or C.S. Lewis. In this article, Professor Esolen makes the case that we have now come to the place Lewis warned we would in The Abolition of Man: we have created a generation of "men without chests."  This creates a huge problem for pastors (who have such men and women in their parishes) and evangelists.  Whereas before we could easily identify, bless, and build upon a set of given … [Continue reading]

Nazerite Vow Completed – anybody have 2 bits?

In Mufti (i.e. civilian clothes)

The Setting: the church fire brings new challenges At four-thirty in the morning of the feast of St. Michael, the police came to the rectory bearing some terrible news: the church was on fire.  It had obviously been burning for several hours; fire was coming out of the roof and windows.  In that moment, I knew that my job was about to get a whole lot more difficult. Some of the challenges were obvious: getting a handle on the emergency response, getting our services moved into the hall, and looking out for the best interests of the parish during the insurance and rebuilding process.  However, I knew it wouldn't be my job as the rector of the parish and its property that would bring the greatest challenges (we had a good parish board, … [Continue reading]

Memory Eternal – Fr. Gleb Yakunin (3/4/34 – 12/25/14)

Gleb-Yakunin

Soviet Dissidents: martyrs and confessors of freedom, truth, and human dignity I chose to major in political science back in the 80's in large part so that I could study the Soviet Union, the "evil empire" that held a huge swath of the world's … [Continue reading]

40 Days of Blogging: Eden

Today's topic is "Eden".  Genesis is one of my favorite books of the Bible, and its description of our life in paradise is certainly one of the reasons.  Humanity has been plagued since that time by its sense of loss and emptiness and driven by the … [Continue reading]

40 Days of Blogging: Bread or Beer? Or Bozhe?!

Today's topic is "bread or beer"?  I'm writing from Constantinople (Istanbul), a country that was once the heart of a vibrant Christian empire... but is now 99% Mulim.  It's a shock.  But I've seen it before even in my lifetime: so many Christian … [Continue reading]

40 Days of Blogging: Immortality

Today's topic is immortality.  Priests spend a lot of time immersed in the reality of death, and yet we simlutaneously proclaim the truth of Christ's victory over death.  How can a rational mind keep such concepts juxtaposed without compromise or … [Continue reading]

40 Days of Blogging: The Mighty Chicken

Day 3 of The 40 Days Blogging Challenge. We've really lost something in separating ourselves from the land.  I know men who can maintain a mean lawn, but can't be bothered to plant a garden.  What does it say about us that we put resources into … [Continue reading]

40 Days of Blogging: Sunday Best

(From Jerusalem) At midnight last night, I was blessed to celebrate the Resurrectional Divine Liturgy at the site of the Resurrection, the Holy Sepulcher.  The experience was overwhelming in the same direction and way that every Paschal service is … [Continue reading]

40 Days of Blogging: Rules and Vocational Discernment

I have been the Director of Vocations for the UOC-USA for about a year and a half now. It has been a real blessing to help men and women understand, discern, and live their calling to serve God and His children. There are challenges, though. One of … [Continue reading]

Podcast 20141104: Ukrainian Orthodoxy from the Inside

Two Ukrainian Orthodox priests share their thoughts on history and current events After a bit of satire on Putin's war against Ukraine, Fr. Anthony has a long discussion with Fr. Paul Koroluk, a priest of the UOC-KP (the largest, though … [Continue reading]