Entering the Arena–Great Lent Begins Again It’s that time of year again most of us fear and love at the same time. Great Lent! One of my pastors said, ‘How we enter and participate in the first week of Lent is very important. Our struggles in the first week, in Pure Week, set the tone … Continue reading Entering the Arena–Great Lent Begins Again, Podcast airing mid-Feb. 2015
Mary, the First Hesyachist Part II “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” While in the womb of the Advent Fast, awaiting the birth of Christ, let us enter into the prayer life of the Theotokos, whom St. Gregory Palamas called the first hesyachist and reflect on the value of … Continue reading Mary, the First Hesyachist – Part II – “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart”
Most of us are not thrilled about fasting – which part of the struggle we all confront when we begin a fast. How do we joyfully and thankfully approach fasting? How do we prepare ourselves to receive Christ into the manger of our souls? How can the Mary be a guide to us this Advent? … Continue reading Drawing closer to the Mother of God during Advent, Part I airing on OCN mid-Nov.
"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." (Matt 11: 12) St. Ambrose writes: “This is the weapon of a righteous man: to win while retreating, as skilled archers are able, while in retreat, to hit those stronger than themselves.” … Continue reading Part 2 on Spiritual Violence, airing on OCN Oct. 22
“Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for great is your reward in heaven.” “When the military … Continue reading Podcast on Martyrdom, In support of our persucuted brethren in Christ,
Faith and Illumination The Holy Spirit has descended! From heaven to earth! In this second podcast about Faith, during the season of Holy Spirit, we will explore the relationship between faith and illumination, our regeneration in grace, and our second baptism. My resources for this podcast are: St. … Continue reading Faith and Illumination, airing June 18th on OCN
Our little dog, Bubba, loves to sit on the stairs in our cabin in process in Platina, CA, right above the icon of Elder Paisios of Mt. Athos. If you would like to read a remarkable book related to Orthodoxy and Eastern Religions and Gurus - in addition to my book - look no further! … Continue reading Elder Paisius of Greece has a new disciple! Recommended reading, The Gurus, the Young Man and Elder Paisius