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...

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...

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...

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...

The Election

I must admit a great sense of relief over the conclusion of this year’s national election.  Honestly, I really do not care who won.  I am not upset by the outcome.  I would not have been upset if the other guy won.  They do their thing, they represent their...