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...

Paschal Processions

Pascha was glorious in New Castle this year.  It is a fairly grueling time for me, but one that I relish deeply.  I get to journey through the Passion with many people, and I get to reacquaint myself with many others.  I, unlike some of my brothers, actually like to...

Thoughts and prayers about Boston

A highly visible event, a fun-filled afternoon showcasing the storied city and marathon that is run on Patriot’s Day.  The fun and the pageantry were shattered when twin bombs exploded near the finish line.  What was a time of joy quickly became a time of pain...

Living in the Mean Time

I spent a great majority of my time in seminary reading outside material.  I went to a protestant seminary and there I read a great deal of stuff in class that was heavily focused on sophisticated intellectual concepts and the emergence of psychology (especially the...

More Thoughts about the Rustbelt

I grew up in suburbia, just outside of Washington DC. From infancy, my family would travel to Greensburg, PA to visit my great aunts. They were really the closest things to grandparents I had, these two sisters. I always looked to those trips with great excitement. I...