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...

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...

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...

Fasting

From here: Fasting is a means and spiritual tool which is not limited to food, but the entire man must participate in it psychosomatically. Listen to what John Chrysostom says: ‘Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works. If you see a poor man, take pity on...

We Must Pray for All

A quote from Elder Sophony’s book, Saint Silouan the Athonite: “I remember a conversation between him (Saint Silouan) and a certain hermit, who declared with evident satisfaction, ‘God will punish all atheists. They will burn in everlasting fire.’...