Saint Mary of Egypt

Saint Mary of Egypt

The world has done its best to convince us that fleshly pleasures bring us happiness and that sin has no consequence.  The world (who thinks that sin is a made-up legal problem instead of something that steals life from us) says, it’s not really sin if it gives you pleasure…if it makes you happy!  However, this Saint, who had a salacious beginning, challenges us to take a more realistic look at these things and at ourselves. 

VIDEO: Homily - Ladder of Divine Ascent

VIDEO: Homily - Ladder of Divine Ascent

Both, our Gospel reading this morning (Mark 9:17-31) and the icon of St John’s Ladder of Divine Ascent draws our attention to something that we should really come to grips with at this point in Lent. Our belief in God is much more fragile for us broken human beings than we often realize…and yet, in spite of this, there’s enormous hope in the promise that we can still find salvation through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

The Power In God’s Promise

The Power In God’s Promise

A few years ago, when Presvytera and I lived in Arizona, we moved into a house whose backyard had a conspicuously bare patch of ground. Nothing ever grew there. The Arizona desert is famous for illustrating every imaginable shade of brown. So, as I began to make good use of our back yard for grilling and entertaining guests, it wasn’t long before I was longing to see some color on that bare patch of desert soil.

The Tree That Sweetens Bitter Waters

The Tree That Sweetens Bitter Waters

This Sunday marks the crux of Lent…the midpoint of these 40 days. Here, our mother, the Church, offers to us The Cross to meditate upon, “to strengthen and refresh us.” But, a cross is a strange symbol from which to gain such reinforcement.  Why would we believe that this implement of death could so strengthen us? Is there more to this symbol of the cross than we may realize?

Flip This House

Flip This House

This Sunday’s Gospel Reading is an excerpt from Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount”, where He also said some crazy sounding things to make a similar kind of point about the upside-down world we live in, like “Love your enemies.

Light Therapy

Light Therapy

At the Blessing of the Waters, in one of the beginning prayers by the priest, the tone is set with these words, “Lord Jesus Christ, only-begotten Son…Light from Light, who came into the world to enlighten it, flood our mind with light by your Holy Spirit…”

Wonder of Wonders

Wonder of Wonders

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … Through Him all things were made, and nothing was made without Him.   In Him was life, and that life was the light of all humankind. … The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.