A Need for Spiritual Heroes: Judging Ourselves

“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.” 1 Corinthians 11:31 “We have abandoned the easy yoke, that is self-reproach, and we have burdened ourselves with the heavy yoke, that is self-justification.” Abba Poemen (from the Prologue of Orhid*) Perhaps one of the main reasons why so many people made the journeyContinue reading “A Need for Spiritual Heroes: Judging Ourselves”

Holy Friday: Peter’s Path

A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, ‘You are certainly one of them too! Why your accent gives your away.’ Then he started cursing and swearing, “I do not know the man.’ And at once the cock crowed and Peter remembered what Jesus had said, ‘Before the cock crows you wouldContinue reading “Holy Friday: Peter’s Path”

CHRIST IS RISEN! … (now what?)

This Sunday, Western oriented Christians will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We Orthodox Christians will worship and feast on Pascha the following weekend this year. I think everyone looks forward to Easter Egg Hunts, outdoor cooking, non-COVID restricted gatherings with family and friends. This holiday isn’t as commercially popular asContinue reading “CHRIST IS RISEN! … (now what?)”

Developing A Prayer Rule: Pray As You Can

Originally posted on The Modern Monastic Order Of Saint Simon of Cyrene:
“If you cannot pray ceaselessly, pray frequently”? St. Ignatius Brianchaninov There is no substitute for following a rule of prayer.  The Nativity Fast has come to an end and we (new calendar) Orthodox Christians begin 12 days of feasting the birth of Christ. …

The Need For Spiritual Heroes: Beyond Earthly Borders

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 Where thereContinue reading “The Need For Spiritual Heroes: Beyond Earthly Borders”

Sickness & Sin: Right Priorities

“Do not think that sickness is grievous; only sin is grievous. Sickness accompanies us only to the grave, but sin follows the sinner even after the grave.” Abba Serapion We care deeply about physical illnesses and injuries. This concern is highlighted by the recent COVID-19 outbreaks. Even before this, we have been getting vaccines forContinue reading “Sickness & Sin: Right Priorities”

Martyrdom & Monasticism: An Orthodox Life in These Times

Yes, I’m still an Orthodox Christian. If anything, I may be a little more optimistic about sharing my faith now than ever before. There is plenty to be pessimistic and worried about. The controversial split in the Ukrainian Church between the autocephalous and Moscow Patriarchate aligned congregations has been further inflamed with the current war.Continue reading “Martyrdom & Monasticism: An Orthodox Life in These Times”

Forgiveness Sunday: Fasting from Spiritual Complacency

In the Byzantine tradition of Orthodox Christianity, we begin the Great Lenten Fast with Forgiveness Sunday Vespers. After our usual evening prayers, we include the prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian with prostrations. Then, we exchange the kiss of peace asking for and receiving forgiveness from each person in the church. The next 40 daysContinue reading “Forgiveness Sunday: Fasting from Spiritual Complacency”