The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

“There is only one salvation for you: take yourself up, and make yourself responsible for all the sins of men. For indeed it is so, my friend, and the moment you make yourself sincerely responsible for everything and everyone, you will see at once that it is really so, that...

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Monastic Prayers and Sleep

Monastic Prayers and Sleep

From an NPR program: One particularly fascinating sleep fact that Randall reports is that the sleep rhythms of the human brain have fundamentally changed over the centuries. Medieval literary texts, medical manuscripts and tales make reference to a mysterious “first sleep” and “second sleep.” The “first sleep” began shortly after...

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Holy Fist Bumps and Raising Children

Holy Fist Bumps and Raising Children

This past Sunday, I received a holy fist bump. Yes, I am serious, a holy fist bump. It was given to me by a nervous 8-year-old new altar boy. It is a story of raising our children in trust that the Lord will supplement our feeble efforts with his grace...

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Church History is Family History

Church History is Family History

I was asked on another blog how much the Orthodox know about Church history. When I first read the question, my reaction was to say that the Orthodox are extremely well versed in Church history and that it plays an important part in the life of our Church. But, upon...

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Metropolitan Philip in the Eyes of Others

Metropolitan Philip in the Eyes of Others

I did not personally know Metropolitan PHILIP (Saliba). Oh, of course, I have met him. After all, I am an Antiochian priest, and I have attended clergy conferences. Realistically, other than greeting him in passing, I never knew him. But, I know people who knew him, and, more important, I...

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War, PTSD, and the Devil

War, PTSD, and the Devil

As many of you already know, I work at a VA Medical Center that is mainly a psychiatric facility. As a result, we see many people with PTSD. There are many veterans there who touch my heart. There is one veteran who always thanks me for the work I do....

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Las Pascuas Navideñas

Las Pascuas Navideñas

In Spanish, Christmas can be referred to in a couple of ways. We have all heard José Feliciano singing “Feliz Navidad.” But, it can also be referred to as “Las Pascuas Navideñas,” which can mean either Christmas Day or the Christmas Season or “La Pascua de Navidad” which is only...

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Antichrist, Birmingham, Mass Killings

Antichrist, Birmingham, Mass Killings

Another mass killing has happened. Already the news media frenzy has spilled all over the TV, Radio, the Internet, etc. Thirteen people died (twelve plus the shooter) at the Navy Yard just 2 miles from Congress and the White House. As I heard this, I groaned with a certain sense...

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Feast of the Holy Cross 2013

Feast of the Holy Cross 2013

Apolytikion of the Holy Cross Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting our rulers to prevail over adversaries, and protecting Your commonwealth by Your Cross. Kontakion of the Holy Cross Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the new commonwealth that...

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Geek Orthodox Unite!

Geek Orthodox Unite!

Where can you see a Greek Metropolitan speaking with a former atheist science-fiction writer who converted to Roman Catholicism while an American matushka wearing a Rose (Rosie) Cotton flowered crown and a Canadian matushka fantasy writer stand by and a young man in a flowing cape watches with rapt attention...

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Ethics and the Other

Ethics and the Other

When I was first in seminary, I had to take an ethics class. The professor of that class seemed to positively enjoy giving us difficult ethics problems to solve. He had been a young man during World War II, and he seemed to take a particular joy in giving us...

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Sticks and stones may break my bones…

Sticks and stones may break my bones…

As a priest, I hear confessions. In fact, I hear confessions all the time, not simply when I am officiating the formal Sacrament. But, many times when people think that they are confessing to God, they are really telling me of an event in their lives that continues to cause...

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