On Galas and Honeycrisps

I have a bandsaw.  It’s a good one, not a plastic, big-box, disposable one, but a bring-by-pup-truck one that takes two people to construct and some training to use well.  It has many moving parts, each with its own set of parameters and eccentricities.  Once it...

Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko

I met Fr. Tom Hopko almost 25 years ago.  He was lecturing at my alma mater and my old professor invited me there to hear Fr. Tom speak and then suggested that I take Father to the airport in Pittsburgh, which almost two hours away but on my way home.  We talked about...

Memory Eternal, Fr. Matthew Baker

There is a group that I chat with frequently.  It consists of several priests and a layperson, three intellectuals and one wannabe (that would be me).  We talk about topics far-ranging and fascinating, from patristics to theology, musical tastes to some of the best...

The True Triumph of Orthodoxy

Today is the day in Lent when we celebrate the Triumph of Orthodoxy.  Commonly, it is a time when Orthodox churches gather together and celebrate a procession of icons like the one we will have at the end of liturgy today. Please forgive my bluntness, but honestly, I...

Presenting…

In the book of Exodus, the Lord instructs Moses that when a woman’s first-born child is a boy, a special sacrifice is given. Actually, this applies not only to human beings but to animals as well. The men were dedicated to God (but redeemed), the animals were all to...
January 28, Saint Isaac the Syrian

January 28, Saint Isaac the Syrian

On the day of his feast… What is a merciful heart? It is a heart on fire for the whole of creation, for humanity, for the birds, for the animals, for demons, and for all that exists. By the recollection of them the eyes of a merciful person pour forth tears in...