ON THE FIRST SUNDAY of the Great Fast our Church celebrates the triumph of Orthodoxy, the victory of true Christian teaching over all perversions and distortions thereof—heresies and false teachings. On the second Sunday of the Great Fast it is as though this triumph of Orthodoxy is repeated and deepened in connection with the celebration of the memory of one of the greatest pillars of Orthodoxy, the hierarch Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica, who by his grace-bearing eloquence and the example of his highly ascetic private life put to shame the teachers of falsehood who dared reject the very essence of.Orthodoxy, the podvig of prayer and fasting, which enlightens the human mind with the light of grace and makes it a communicant of the divine glory.

Homily – A Meandering Mess of Homily on Something or Other

1 Corinthians 3:9-17; Matthew 14:22-34.   Here’s the text of the homily I was going to give.  Instead of it, I preached on what “the day” has declared in our lives over the last couple of years.  It was partially prompted by recent events in Afghanistan (I worked the Afghanistan situation for several years as an […]

On the Duty of Withholding Sacraments

In this episode, Fr. Anthony and Fr. Harry address the often misunderstood necessity of withholding sacraments.  Framing it as a normal process (beginning with Baptism) allows us to see it less as a political power play or punishment (as the world would have us see it) and more as a valid and necessary part of […]

Homily – Discernment, Disagreement, and Division

1 Corinthians 1:10-18.  How do people dedicated to being One (as God is One) end up being “of” Paul, Apollos, and Cephas?  As we interact and baptize a culture, we are going to disagree about the utility of various symbols, ideas, etc in the local culture.  Disagreements are useful for discernment.  It’s when we dogmatize […]

Homily on Bearing the Burdens of the Weak can be Sustainable

Romans 15:1-7.  There is so much need in the world; how can we bear its burden without breaking down?  How does silencing/replacing the ego help solve the problem?   What is the role of Christ in this?  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Homily on Truth, Politics, and the Babel Fish of Love

Romans 12:6-14.  Fr. Anthony reflects on the necessity of using the Babel Fish of Love (i.e. charity as a translation filter) when evaluating the truth claims of others, especially when they are using the vernacular of their own political tribe.  He also laments how we so easily moralize and dogmatize disputations about facts – an […]

Talking with Fr Harry about Politics as the New Idolatry

Join Fr. Anthony and Fr. Harry as they talk about how artificially romanticizing the Golden Age of the Councils contributes to the polarization of our communities, how politics are the new idolatry, and why it is so easy to anathematize heretics over vaccines and masks.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Homily – Discernment and Kentucky Windage

In this homily on the Demoniacs of Gergesenes (Matthew 8:28-9:1), Fr. Anthony contrasts the discernment of the disciples and the discernment of the Gergesenes with the vision of Christ.  He talks about the role worldviews, filters, propaganda, and evil forces of the air play in darkening our vision, warns about replacing our worldly filter with […]

Some Challenges in the Selection and Training of Priests

Fr. Anthony talks frankly with Fr. Gregory Jensen, PhD about how the selection and training of priests affect the quality of priestly ministry.  Narcissism, the built-in preference for agreeableness – it’s all grist for the mill.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Homily on the Limitations of Metaphor

Romans 6:18-23; Matthew 8:5-13.  Words fail us when we try to describe God and our relationship with Him.  Metaphor helps, but it can also set us up for failure, even when it is a good one like Christ is the Great Physician (something that the scriptures prove to be literally true).  Enjoy the show!    […]

Dn Timothy Kelleher on the Beauty of Science Fiction

Join Fr. Anthony as he talks with Dn. Timothy Kelleher about his roles on Independence Day and Star Trek – the Next Generation (he was also on Voyager and Enterprise), and how good storytelling is always evangelical.  Enjoy the show!   Check out this episode!