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”

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”

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”

The Need For Spiritual Heroes: Beyond an Influence

“… Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.,’” Luke 10:37 “Follow me as I follow Christ.” I Corinthians 11:1 “… Just work first and foremost, and if they want to live like you, they will see to it themselves. Be the example …” Sayings of the Desert Fathers One of the scariest things aboutContinue reading “The Need For Spiritual Heroes: Beyond an Influence”

The Need for Spiritual Heroes: Ordinary People

When regular people deeply engage themselves in prayer and holy living, a whole society can shine in God’s grace. There is an admiration for Russia in the Orthodox Christian world. Saints such as Ignatius Brianchaninov, John of Kronstadt, and Theophan the Recluse are among the greatest writers of our faith. Kings and queens of theContinue reading “The Need for Spiritual Heroes: Ordinary People”


Originally posted on The Modern Monastic Order Of Saint Simon of Cyrene:
“If you are a theologian, you will pray truly.  And if you pray truly, you are a theologian.”  Evagrios the Solitary “We pray not to instruct or inform God, but to be intimate with Him.” St. John Chrysostom “In the Orthodox Tradition, one…

The Importance of Your Cell

“But you, when you pray, go into your room and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6 “Go sit in your cell and your cell will teach you everything.” St. Moses from theContinue reading “The Importance of Your Cell”

Seeking Ordination?: Strive for a Greater Goal

A friend made an observation in Sunday School once. “So many people claim that ‘God called me to preach.’ Doesn’t He ever call people to be quiet?” There is no shortage of people who want to proclaim the Gospel. In some Protestant circles, it is easier for a church to find a pastor than itContinue reading “Seeking Ordination?: Strive for a Greater Goal”

Examples Needed: Addressing the Decline in Church Attendance

A brother asked Abba Poemen, ‘Some brothers live with me, do you want me to be in charge of them?’  The old man said to him, ‘No, just work first and foremost, and if they want to live like you, they will see to it themselves.’  The brother said to him, ‘But it is theyContinue reading “Examples Needed: Addressing the Decline in Church Attendance”