The Two Trees (1 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.]Let us travel into the Wilderness ...Ahead, through the blinding, haze, nothing appears. All is naught, all is night.To our left is a garden, an oasis of calm tranquility. It is a beautiful garden. In the middle of the garden stands a tree. It is the most beautiful tree -- tall and strong with abundant fruit.Ahead is the Wilderness. To our left, the Garden.When we look opposite the Garden, to the right of the … [Read more...]

The Peeler, the Hound & the Addict

At present, before the day of judgment comes, even though the Spirit cannot dwell within those who are unworthy, He nevertheless is present in a limited way with those who have been baptized, hoping that their conversion will result in salvation. – St Basil the Great, On the Holy Spirit In Flannery O’Connor’s short story, The Peeler, the main character, Hazel Motes, is on a journey. It’s a spiritual journey which he has confused as a carnal tour. Along the way, he encounters a blind evan … [Read more...]

Stalking the Bogeyman

This is a tragic story ... worth reading (especially for fathers). WARNING: graphic details!Follow up story. … [Read more...]

A Ten Year Old Priest

Today, on the Feast of Pentecost, I, though unworthy, celebrated my 10th anniversary as an Orthodox priest. It's been a rough road. Moments of glory mixed with suffering -- all of which were complicated by my own sinfulness and shortcomings -- have been my helpers. I thank God.I regret the missed opportunities brought about by my own shortsightedness. I regret the mistakes that I've made due to people-pleasing, impatience, lack of discretion, selfishness and carelessness. As any parent … [Read more...]