Seek The Desert

January 17th is the feast day of the man recognized as the father of Christian monasticism, St. Anthony the Great. During the last Roman persecution under Diocletian, Anthony visited Alexandria in the hopes that he would be martyred for his faith. To have the courage to be killed for declaring oneself a Christian was theContinue reading “Seek The Desert”

Theophany: Transition to the Fullness of God

When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; for the voice of the Father didst bear witness unto Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, didst confirm the truthfulness of His word. O Christ our God Who hastContinue reading “Theophany: Transition to the Fullness of God”

Christmas: Lessons from the Nativity Fast

CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM! CHRIST HAS COME FROM HEAVEN! RECEIVE HIM! CHRIST IS ON EARTH! BE YE EXALTED! Nativity of the Lord Jesus from St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt The tradition in Orthodoxy is to spend the 40 days before Christmas fasting from meats and dairy products, with fish, wine, and olive oil permittedContinue reading “Christmas: Lessons from the Nativity Fast”

Tertullian: Teaching the Truth of Ancient African Christianity

“Be in the world, but not of the world,” is a familiar phrase among Christians. But, where is it written explicitly in the Bible? What is the book, chapter, and verse? Answer: It isn’t explicitly written in the Bible. This is a maxim that is attributed to one of the earliest and best known teachersContinue reading “Tertullian: Teaching the Truth of Ancient African Christianity”

Library Cooperation, Outreach & Possibilities

Libraries have always been the foundation of learning. Books on almost every subject can be found. As well, it is possible to meet people with similar interests. Smaller, rural areas may not have the various volumes found in large cities. Without a major Greek or Russian community, finding people who know about Orthodox Christianity canContinue reading “Library Cooperation, Outreach & Possibilities”

FSMB 2022 Conference Reflections: Baptized In God’s Time and Way

Originally posted on Desert Fathers Dispatch:
Back in 2010, a young seminarian spoke at the Ancient Faith & Afro-American Christianity Conference in Aniston, Alabama. These were a few of his words: “And in many ways, if the Lord wills I know that if I have a ministry, it will be in many ways the fruit…

A Spiritual Journey Away from Social Media: In Good Company

Originally posted on The Modern Monastic Order Of Saint Simon of Cyrene:
Fasting from foods is a struggle for me. Before I became an Orthodox Christian, it was fairly easy to make up my own rules and only give up beef and pork during Lent. Dairy and fish became my dietary refuge. However, even these…

A Spiritual Journey Away from Social Media: My Beginning

Originally posted on The Modern Monastic Order Of Saint Simon of Cyrene:
I absconded completely from Facebook from the Dormition of the Theotokos Feast (August 15) until the Ecclesiastical New Year (September 1). Since then, I have made only one general post and posted a blog article and haven’t spent any time scrolling, checking for…

Striving for Total Illumination

I watched all of the available episodes of the Vice Channel’s series, “Dopesick Nation.” One of the lead characters, Frankie Holmes, dropped a description of his struggle with heroin that makes me think of our addiction to sin. He said (in episode 11) that he is only 18 inches away from being a total dopeContinue reading “Striving for Total Illumination”

Of Desert Fathers & Maroons: Congolese Christian Experience

Originally posted on Desert Fathers Dispatch:
Usually when we think of African-American Christian leaders who spoke and acted out against injustice, a number of Civil Rights era figures come to mind; MLK (of course), Fannie Lou Hammer and the like. Or, if we want to talk about self-help leaders in our community, Elijah Muhammad and…