Day Two – Lenten Fasting for the Orthodox Paleophile

Fasting is good for you!  You’ve seen the science on intermittent fasting, building willpower muscles, and the like.  You also recognize that it is an important part of The Orthodox Way to all things good.  Maybe you are like me and you have decided to augment the standard Orthodox fasting regimen with one that avoids […]

Homily: Loving vs. Commodifying (St. Luke 6:31-36)

Summary of the Gospel (“The Rules”) Treat others the way you would like to be treated. Offer yourself without expecting anything in return. Love your enemies. This is the way God is (and you should be thankful for that!). Introduction: missing the point It is hard for us to live the way we should.  From […]

Homily Outline – Sunday after the Nativity of the Theotokos

Yesterday we celebrated a birthday! 1. Miracle. Joachim and Anna.  We forget how great a miracle all conceptions and births are. 2. Her life (segue – her age!) We rejoice with the angels at the life of Mary. Chaste. Pure. Devoted.  3. Through her salvation has come into the world. Miracle. Chastity. Life given to […]

Homily: How to be a Man

Homily: advice to my oldest son, graduating from high school Introduction Be a hero – the right man in the right place at the right time, prepared to get things done. But how do you do that? It doesn’t just happen on it’s own. Too many men are too lazy or vice-ridden to step up […]

The Orthodox Witness of Peace and the Repose of +Ihumen Gregory

It is with a “profound depth of sadness and prayer” that I share the news that the servant of God, Ihumen (abbot) Gregory fell asleep in the Lord this past Thursday evening. You will remember that I have asked all of you to pray for him: please continue to do so. Those of us with […]