Homily: Getting Identity Right

It was such a blessing to be back at St. Michael's in Woonsocket.  The homily builds on St. Paul's words "there is no partiality with God" (Romans 2:11) to put the BIG QUESTIONS of the day into perspective. Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]

Homily on All Saints – Saintly Variation

Sunday of All Saints Sunday after Pentecost Lives of the Saints: every day is an opportunity to learn, and then to remember. One thing you will notice right away is that the saints were not the same. Some were martyrs, some were soldiers, some were preachers, some were bakers, some were known for their fasting, others for their courage, others for their patience, others for their charity. Some for their piety and others for their dedication. This is encouraging because we are not all the same. The call to sainthood is not a call to become exactly the same. Growing up, many of us had Mother Theresa as a great example of sainthood; and she is an awesome saint, but could she have been a warrior saint? She certainly had the tenacity … [Continue reading]

Homily – Pentecost and the Superpower of Confession

Homily for Pentecost (on Confession) John 20:19-23 (Matins Gospel); Acts 2:1-11; John 7:37-52; 8:12 Lots of powers associated with the Holy Spirit in scripture and popular culture. Handle Snakes Drink poison Languages Glowing with … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #36: The Virtue of Ruth

Bible Study #36: Ruth Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary's (Pokrova) in Allentown 22 May 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of our minds that we may understand the … [Continue reading]

Panakhida for Fr.Bazyl Zawierucha – Memory Eternal!

May his memory be eternal! Very Rev. Bazyl Zawierucha, 62 of Bethlehem, PA., faithful servant of God, fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at his home. Born in the Ternopil Region of Ukraine he was the son of the late Prokip … [Continue reading]

Homily on Confession (Sunday after Ascension)

Homily: the Sunday after Ascension The Celebration of First Confessions John 17:1-13 At the end of today's Gospel, Jesus - the Son of God - tells us that He has taken all the love and teaching that His Father - God - gave Him and shared it with … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #35: Judges seen through the Great Canon

[Alas there is no recording for this class; the recorder froze after just a couple of minutes!] Bible Study #35: Judges from the Great Canon Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary's (Pokrova) in Allentown 15 May 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light … [Continue reading]

Homily on Spiritual and Psychological Blindness

The Sunday of the Man Born Blind (St. John 9:1-38) Psychologists and theologians agree: In their default setting, our minds are wired not for discerning truth but social standing.  The path to objectivity involves humility, immersing ourselves in … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #34: Joshuan Tidbits and a bit from Judges

Bible Study #34: Joshua and Judges Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary's (Pokrova) in Allentown 08 May 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of our minds that we may … [Continue reading]

Homily on Sowing (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)

Homily on Sowing St. John 4:5-42 The metaphor of agriculture. 1 (Introduction). You have to reap when the crop is ready. If it's ready and you don't reap it ? what happens? Something ? or someone ? else will reap it (e.g. birds w/ … [Continue reading]