Deus Vult

“And lest we get on our high horse… remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” —Barack Obama The sentiments expressed by President Obama are often heard. When speaking with friends, you’ve probably heard the refrain, “What about the Crusades?” How do you react? With uncertainty? […]

Draw Up Humility From Jordan

In many homes, it is already time to take down the Christmas trees and pack up the lights and ornaments for another year. Gone is the mess of wrapping and tissue paper and boxes; order has been restored to the living room. The celebration of Christmas, and the novelty of the gifts received, is over. […]

Breaking the Cycle

“May you see your children’s children; peace be upon Israel” (Ps 128:6). In one of the many “good words” we find throughout the Book of Psalms, the Prophet David blessed the sons of Israel, offering a prayer that God’s people would increase and prosper. Elsewhere, David compared children to an archer’s arrows, saying: “Happy is […]

First Steps In the Christian Life

In Her wisdom, the Church has always known that faith can’t be reduced to intellectual belief. “Even the demons believe,” according to St James. In other words: they know God exists, but their life is nevertheless a life of rebellion. Orthodox Christians are called not just to have faith, but to live faithfully. And though there […]

Truth, Then and Now

Hours before the crucifixion of our lord, Pontius Pilate asked Christ a question that could just as well be asked in our time: “What is truth?” (John 18:38) This question and the cynicism which accompanies it is found over and again in the most violent eras of human history. It perfectly summarizes fallen man’s pitiable […]

Planning for Our 100th Anniversary

My first two years of priesthood were spent in Syracuse, New York, at Saints Peter and Paul Church on Hamilton Street. Matushka Laura and I were newlyweds, and she had enrolled in the graduate Speech Pathology program at Syracuse University. We were fortunate to begin our life together this way. I was able to learn […]

64 Years of Priesthood

“He that honors the Priest, will honor God also… ‘He that receives you,’ He says, ‘receives Me’ (Matt. 10:40). ‘Hold my priests in honor’ (Sirach 7:31), He says… For when a man is piously disposed towards the Priest, he is much more so towards God.” —St John Chrysostom, 2nd Homily on 2 Timothy Today marks […]

Saint Paul on Marriage

Most of our friends and family members have already entered into, or will enter into, marriage. Observing the experiences of those close to us, we see what struggles and blessings wait for two people who choose to make a life together. We see what works and what doesn’t. We see good, healthy, strong marriages, and, […]

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity!” (Ps. 133) In early January of this year, Father Nicholas Solak invited me to take part in a Clergy Peer Learning Group which was being started in the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania. Father Nicholas is the rector of Holy Trinity in […]