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: On Blessed Obedience 5. You who have decided to strip […]

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 the Ladder. Saint John was an ascetic, a spiritual athlete, and a […]

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 especially the Prayer of St. Ephraim – can protect and heal us from the […]

Homily Notes: St. Gregory Palamas (Let’s Be Quiet)

What do you meet in the silence? On Holy Saturday, at the First Resurrection service (3PM here), we sing; “Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and in fear and trembling stand; for the King of kings and Lord of lords comes forth, to be slain, to give Himself as food to the faithful.” Why should […]

Homily: Achieving Unity with God

St. Luke 10:25-37 (Good Samaritan) St. John 1:43-51 (Philip and Nathaniel) The goal and necessity of the human life is union with God; the Good News is that this is possible through Christ (e.g. Vladimir Lossky). Should amaze us. Doesn’t? Perhaps because we have already made ourselves gods Or at least conceived of divinity as […]

Some thoughts on miracles…

[written for the 2016 Great Lent Giveaway] On Miracles in the Holy Bible and Now Miracles in the Old Testament Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.  Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of heaven, over the cattle, and over all […]

Wisdom from St. John of the Ladder (on prayer)

From The Ladder of Divine Ascent, St. John of the Ladder. Step 28:  On holy and blessed prayer, mother of virtues, and on the attitude of mind and body in prayer. What is Prayer?  The Union of Man with God 1. Prayer by reason of its nature is the converse and union of man with […]

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 heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his […]

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 ‘trees’, and growing is ‘to grow’);you walk the earth and tread with solemn paceone of the many minor globes of Space:a star’s […]

Homily Notes: The Widow of Nain (Tears, Childolatry, and the Resurrection)

Homily Notes: St. Luke 7: 11-16 (The Raising of the Nain Widow’s Son) Warm-up.  The Holy Fathers of the Ecumenical Councils and the revelation of the Harmony of God. The ContextScriptural Context:  Because the Lord, while not even present, had healed the centurion’s servant, H now performs another even more remarkable miracle.  He does this […]