Home Bible Study – St. Mary of Egypt

St. Mary of Egypt - 5th Sunday of Lent Gospel: Mark 10:32-45. Now they were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Why were they amazed? This is … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes – St. John of the Ladder (Annual Meeting Sunday)

St. John of the Ladder (Our Annual Meeting Day) Great life. Not only did he enjoy it – and there is no doubt about his joy; (through his example and the book “The Ladder of Divine Ascent”) he made the same joy that he experienced accessible to … [Continue reading]

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: … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Retreat Notes: “Why Bother?”

Why do we bother? Why is this question worth asking? It comes to mind because lots of people do not bother, and our psychology is affected by their examples. It also comes to mind because it is hard. Takes up a lot of time. Takes … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes: Pick up your cross and follow me!

“Take up your cross and follow me” There are many ways to understand this command. Many take it as God's way of saying we need to put up with all the sufferings that our bodies give us. That's true, but there's more to it that. I want to use … [Continue reading]

Home Bible Study – The Cross

The Third Sunday of Great Lent: Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6 Beloved in Christ, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Home Bible Study – Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

Second Sunday of Great Lent: St. Gregory Palamas Epistle Reading: St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3 [To the Son, God says;] "IN THE BEGINNING, Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy … [Continue reading]