Bending the Rules Out of Love

Have you ever known a staunch rule follower? I mean someone who seems obsessed, good and bad, with following rules?Me? Hey, I’m a lists person. I like to check things off. Did this, done that, need to do that …Back when I did my clinical training at a state mental hospital my fellow chaplains joked that when I died, I’d check that (Life) off the list, too!And, if you promise not to pick on me, I’ll admit I’m pretty big on the rule-following thing.I’m fairly certain that if something tragic happen … [Read more...]

“Defeating Sin” at Camp St Thekla

Fr Joseph Huneycutt’s book, DEFEATING SIN - Overcoming Our Passions and Changing Forever, provides a deep exploration of the Passions and the Virtues. It is also serves as a wonderful spiritual tool for making a good confession. Fr Joseph’s work was implemented at Camp St Thekla, where we used the concept in our Christian Education program. The campers and staff were blessed to be able to come to a deeper understanding of the Passions and Virtues and learn how to make a more meaningful and full C … [Read more...]

MATUSHKA: The Sad Media & the “Happy” Wizard

Click the link for a Priest's wife's take on the whole "outting" of Dumbledore thing. … [Read more...]

On Stress from Work

Geronta, many people return home from work stressed out.I suggest to men that if they can, they should find an open church after work, go in, light a candle and stay inside for ten to fifteen minutes. Or go sit in a park somewhere and read a small section of the Gospel, so as to quiet down a bit. Then they can go home in peace, smiling, instead of stressed out and ready to pick a fight. They shouldn't bring work problems home with them -- leave them at the door on the way out.-- Elder Paisios … [Read more...]