Specialization as a threat to spiritual growth

One of the problems I have seen in Orthodoxy is [excessive] clericalism, the idea that religious experts are responsible for our spiritual needs.  We are all members of the royal priesthood!  Bishops and priests provide necessary sacramental services, grace, and guidance [etc.] ... but we are all responsible for the state of our souls and the health of our families!  Please don’t take Mr. Berry’s lament of specialization too far: we meant to live in community (a fact that Mr. Berry celebrates in other essays); but we need to stop being observers in this life of wonder and preparation, roll up our sleeves, and get busy! The following is an essay by one our greatest philosophers, Wendell Berry.  I have excerpted it from Daniel Lattier's July … [Continue reading]

Homily: Evangelism was messy then, too (so what!?)

Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging.  And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant.  So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.  And he cried out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"  Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"  So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, "What do you want Me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, that I may receive my sight."  Then Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well."  And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, … [Continue reading]

Homily: How to Live the Good Life (forever!)

Homily – The Requirements of Eternal Life 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (Epistle) St. Matthew 19:16-26 “How must I live to enjoy eternal life?”   Let’s be honest, this is not the kind of question people ask Christ or His Church much anymore.  And it’s not … [Continue reading]

20160126 Orthodoxy and Humanitarianism

In this episode, Fr. Anthony talks about the Orthodox Christian theology of "humanitarianism" using examples from the life the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]

A Meditation on MLK Jr and Our Own Cowardice

Millenia ago we sacrificed our children to Molek to appease him and fit-in with our neighbors; is it any different today?

The Lord God stands in the midst of the Divine Council and judges among the gods.”How long will you rule unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked?Defend the poor and fatherless, maintain the rights of the afflicted and the destitute.  Rescue the … [Continue reading]

Homily: On Repentance and Facing Death (and Suffering) Well

Theophany comes up this week: today’s readings help us prepare. Gospel:  the ministry of St. John the Baptist (St. Mark 1:1-8) Son of Zachariah and Elizabeth; a miracle child Gabriel announced: “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is … [Continue reading]

J.R.R. Tolkein on Mythopoeia

From http://home.ccil.org/~cowan/mythopoeia.html To one [C.S. Lewis] who said that myths were lies and therefore worthless, even though 'breathed through silver'. Philomythus to Misomythus You look at trees and label them just so,(for trees are … [Continue reading]

A Lecture on the Harmony of the Spheres (notes)

The Harmony of God:  the salvific beauty of liturgy and music Fr. Anthony Perkins (Spiritually Speaking, 12/27/2015) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were … [Continue reading]

Homily – Virtue, Patience, and Forgiveness

Homily on Colossians 3:12-16[This closely follows St. John Chrysostom’s exegesis] [St. Paul just told us to put away worldly things – now he teaches us how the new man is to act] Ver. 12-13. “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on … [Continue reading]

Homily – The Hypocrisy of Defending Bad Habits and Rules

Homily – The Hypocrisy of Defending Bad Habits and RulesSt. Luke 13: 10-17 This Gospel lesson is profound, teaching us many things about the nature of healing, hypocrisy, and thanksgiving.  Today I would like to focus on three of the things that it … [Continue reading]