Learn History so as not to repeat the worst parts – a review of Red Famine

This is the 100th commemoration of the October Revolution in Russia.  You may remember an old TV game show “Name that Tune”.  The premise was that only a handful of notes can bring to mind entire melodies.  Contestants would bid on how few notes it would take for them to “name that tune”.  We know that […]

From the Archives: The Holodomor, Lazarus, and the Rich Man

[This homily was originally given on 9 November 2015.] Holodomor (dedication and blessing of the Holodomor Memorial in DC). Background info: the Holodomor (i.e. murder by starvation) was an intentional policy of the USSR under Stalin.  In 1932-33, the Soviet regime killed upwards of ten million people (the number is disputed, but no one doubts that it […]

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 […]

The Holodomor, Lazarus, and the Rich Man

Holodomor (dedication and blessing of the Holodomor Memorial in DC). Background info: the Holodomor (i.e. murder by starvation) was an intentional policy of the USSR under Stalin.  In 1932-33, the Soviet regime killed upwards of ten million people (the number is disputed, but no one doubts that it was several million)  through the forced acquisition of […]

Humanitarianism and Orthodoxy – a theological reflection

The Problem: the world (and humanity) groans in agony It’s a hard world.  It chews people up, divides them, deprives them, hurts them, and does its best to take away their hope.  It does its best to demean and dehumanize them.  We have all seen this and we are here because we want to do […]

Podcast 20141104: Ukrainian Orthodoxy from the Inside

Two Ukrainian Orthodox priests share their thoughts on history and current events After a bit of satire on Putin’s war against Ukraine, Fr. Anthony has a long discussion with Fr. Paul Koroluk, a priest of the UOC-KP (the largest, though canonically-unrecognized, Orthodox Church in Ukraine).  We share a vision of Ukraine and Ukrainian Orthodoxy that we […]

If Putin were President of Mexico: the Reconquista (update)

The Background: Before Putin came to Power in MexicoDue to the annexation of large portions of Mexican territory in the 19th century and generations of immigration, a significant portion of the population of US border areas was comprised of Mexican-Americans.  At the beginning of the 21st century, there were about six million Mexican-Americans living in […]

A Paralytic, the Woman at the Well, and More on an Orthodox Political Economy

OrthoAnalyika Show: 2 May 2010 Note: be sure to subscribe to the podcast Homily on the Paralytic: Acts 9: 32 – 42; St. John 5 : 1 – 15 Introduction: Healing, not ReligionOur readings today give examples of Christ’s ministry to mankind (in the healing of the paralytic), and how this ministry has continued through […]

Myrrhbearers, Love, Gay Marriage, Death, and Taxes

OrthoAnalyika Show: 18 April 2010 Note: be sure to subscribe to the podcast St. Mark 15:43-16:8 What the Myrrhbearers Teach Us about Love Introduction: today’s “Feast of Association”Today we celebrate a “Feast of Association”; a “Feast of Association” is that time when we celebrate those who were associated with a certain great Feast. In this […]

Pilgimages, Pascha, and an Orthodox Political Economy

OrthoAnalyika Shownotes: 21 March 2010 Note: be sure to subscribe to the podcast An Exhortation to Prepare for Pascha The Prologue of The Canterbury Tales, by Goefrey Chaucer Whan that Aprill, with his shoures sooteThe droghte of March hath perced to the roote And bathed every veyne in swich licour, Of which vertu engendred is […]