From Hinduism to Orthodoxy in France

“I felt immediately that I should turn to Orthodoxy because I didn’t want to abandon my relationship with Jesus - who didn’t feature in Hinduism. In Orthodoxy I found both Jesus and the closeness with God that is a major part of Hinduism,” Mother Thaiss said.The monks and nuns pray twice a day. The services are unique. In the Russian Orthodox Church they are conducted in old-fashioned Russian, and the congregation always stands. Here the services are in French and the worshippers are seated.The S … [Read more...]

The Fall of Rome and America’s Future?

First, Rome really didn't fall, as such; or at least not the way generally thought, or when generally thought. Certainly there were times when the barbarians were literally at the gates, so to speak. But there was never a time when a Roman citizen of southern Gaul, for example, would stop and say, "My, haven't things been crappy since Rome fell."But by the time Rome "fell," it had already been superseded (and eclipsed) by the New Rome (Constantinople). These Romans of the East thought of … [Read more...]

One Thousand Six Hundred … and still going!

"The font will not suffice to save us unless after coming from it, we display a life worthy of the Gift."-- St John Chrysostom, Homily 13 on Romans "For he who feels the tooth of slander, gives by his vexation a proof that he is conscious of the truth of what is said. But he who smiles at it, by this very thing acquits himself of all suspicion with those who are present...flee from the abyss of a little mind."-- St John Chrysostom, HOMILY 13 on Romans One thousand six hundred years after his … [Read more...]

Nothing New Under the Moon

Jeffrey Steenson, [this week] explained to the US bishops why he is to be received into the Roman Catholic Church. He leaves an Episcopal Church in disarray, led no longer by a 'house' but by a 'community' of bishops, with a songbook of praise to Mother Earth, Sister Moon and Brother Sun.Here's the story (thanks to an e-tip from tmatt).In an earlier letter to the bishops, the 55-year-old Bishop Steenson, who has headed the diocese based in Albuquerque, N.M., since January 2005, said his … [Read more...]