Fixing the problems of the world

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (1:29-34) It is a great temptation to see the world around us and to try to fix it. We see the troubles, the trials, the suffering and we attempt to apply our human logic in a productive way to address the many problems of our […]

When Religion Is Used As A Weapon

The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (13:10-17) When our religious practices don’t start with the love of God, they become like weapons. They no longer can do good for us or for others. They no longer help us to heal but cause wounds. We are witnesses to the way that […]

Aspects of the Consecration of a Church

Next week we will have the great blessing of two major events in the life of this mission, and indeed in the life of the Church. On Saturday we will have the consecration service for the church building. This of course coincides with the other great blessing which is that we will receive His Grace […]

Lessons from the Brother of the Lord

Tomorrow is the Feast of St. James the brother of the Lord As a change of pace today I thought I would take some time to tell you about Saint James the brother of the Lord and some of his work. As you know there are likely 3 Saints named James in the New Testament. […]

Did The Early Church Believe in Icons?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (8:5-15) In today’s gospel we hear the familiar story or parable of the sower. Our Lord teaches us that the seed is the word of God. The parable is about what happens when in our hearts we either accept or reject the word of God. […]

Keep Thy Mind In Hell

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (5:1-11) Have you ever been at your wit’s end? Have you ever felt like you were in the depths of despair? Have you ever felt that no matter what you did, things would never get better? I assume that each of us has had these […]

An Orthodox Christian Bucket List

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (8:34-9:1) Yesterday we buried a good friend of this mission. Ed Strange was really a joy to know and a man who served tirelessly to help the Church. He spearheaded the replacement of all of the sanctuary lighting as well as all of the new […]