From GGWB: You Don’t have to Like Your Priest

A reader recommended Brother Patrick Mary Briscoe’s article “You Don’t have to Like Your priest” (published on March 7, 2014 at Dominicana)   It is an excellent article and I recommend it, too.  Imitation is the highest form of flattery.  The following is patterned on Brother Patrick’s essay.  Why do I like it?  I know that my parishioners struggle […]

Homily – “What do you want?” vs. “Who are you?”

Homily for the Sunday after Christmas [“On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…”] It is common for us to lament the commercialization of Christmas, complaining that we have lost the “reason for the season.”  I think this is true.  Many of us are thankful that we are on the “Old […]

Waiting Tables, Nepsis, and Diaconia

A few days ago, I wrote about how much we are like the toy monkey with the cymbals: our buttons get pushed and we start to clang.  It’s as if everything were pre-programmed.  Psychologists have found that this isn’t far from the case.  My favorite political psychologist Jonathan Haight puts it this way when summarizing […]

Press Release

PRESS RELEASE:  Fr. Anthony Perkins, Vocations Director of the UOC-USA, is the new webmaster of “Good Guys Wear Black”, the premier website on Orthodox Christian Vocations   Fr. John Peck, the creator of the “Good Guys Wear Black“(GGWB) website, recently turned the management of the site over to Fr. Anthony Perkins.  Fr. Anthony is excited […]

An Introduction to Vocations I: Every soldier is a rifleman…

  An Introduction to Vocations, Part One; Every soldier is a rifleman; every clergyman is a Christian I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who […]

Day Nine – The Sabbath

We were made to work One of the great virtues of this nation is its commitment to work hard and to work well.  This virtue does not allow us to see work in purely economic terms; it isn’t just about paying the bills, providing for the family, or having enough to give freely to those […]

20131123 Vocations are for everyone!

What is God calling you to do?  This show opens with a talk on vocations geared for everyone – vocations are not just for men in black!  I follow this with a short story by Rdr. Nicholas Perkins, and finish by asnwering some mail on paleo, fasting, and the Bread of Life.  Enjoy the show! […]

Some thoughts on the priestly vocation (impediments and advice)

The following represents my own personal reflections and are not necessarily representative of anyone else’s opinions.  I focus on the UOC-USA because it is the Church I serve and the example I know best.  With some minor modifications, these probably work for other Churches and dioceses, as well.  I look forward to your comments. Requirements […]

Homily: On (not) Giving Clergy their Due

Homily on 1 Corinthians 9:2-12 Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock? (Excerpt) Pani and I went on vacation this past weekend. I spent part of that […]