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”

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”

Sunday of the Prodigal Son: Coming to Our Senses in Prayer

This past Sunday was the second of the Lenten Triodion of the Orthodox Church. The Gospel lesson was from the Lord’s parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). This upcoming Sunday is the recognition of the Final Judgement and the last day that we are to freely consume meat (Meatfare) before the great fast. ItContinue reading “Sunday of the Prodigal Son: Coming to Our Senses in Prayer”

Nativity Fast (Advent): Don’t Go Back

Then He sent him away to his house, saying, “Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.” Mark 8:26 Today’s Gospel reading (Mark 8:22-26) does not identify who brought the blind man to our Lord when he entered Bethsadia. We do know that Jesus took him outside of town to enlighten andContinue reading “Nativity Fast (Advent): Don’t Go Back”