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.’...

From Saint Isaac the Syrian

Thank you, John Sanidopoulos. Let yourself be persecuted, but do not persecute others. Be crucified, but do not crucify others. Be slandered, but do not slander others. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep: such is the sign of purity. Suffer...

The iPhone = Cultural Pornography?

The rampant mass consumerism of the west, particularly in the US, has an unintended, although not all that unexpected, consequence in a different part of the world.  For examples, the people who manufacture the iPhones and other Mac devices work under difficult if not...