I think that I shall never see … a tree cry.

A Priest friend says the first question that need be asked when an icon is found to weeping is: "Okay, what did you do to make her cry?"I'll have to ask him how to word it when the subject is a tree ...RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas - An acacia tree that started sprouting a foamlike substance on its branches after its owner died is drawing hundreds of people a day to see what some believe is supernatural ice.To the naked eye, the white stuff about 20 feet up in the tree looks like ice braving the South … [Read more...]

BLANCO: On a Ring and a Dreher

The travesty and tragedy that was Christ of the Hills Monastery is, for some, an enigma; for the families of the victims: an open wound.Lord have mercy.For those (and I've met a few) who had prayers answered, even miraculous cures, through their relationship with that monastery ... well, adding confusion to mystery rarely results in rational answers.Rod Dreher, editorial writer and columnist for The Dallas Morning News, has his own story to tell. It's a worthy read -- though hard to read without … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW: Defeating Sin

This week's Orthodixie Podcast is totally unscripted -- which means there's no script teaser here.John Maddex of Ancient Faith Radio sat down with me on Friday to chat about DEFEATING SIN - Overcoming Our Passions and Changing Forever.Click H E R E to listen to the "Defeating Sin" Interview.Click H E R E to order the book.Or, for signed copies - and to help feed a growing family of five - click the appropriate button in the left side menu of this page.:) Pic courtesy of Doug N. Burns. … [Read more...]

ENDORSEMENT: Defeating Sin

This book is like a treasure chest filled with gems of wisdom from the Fathers and Theologians of the Church. Each of these jewels help give insight to the common reader on the Fall of man, the Passions, the Virtues, Spiritual Warfare and the way toward Repentance. Fr. Joseph, in his warm personal style, not only attempts to give us a theological understanding of the themes but provides practical helps in the form of definitions, prayers, and inspirational meditations. These tools are great … [Read more...]