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would stop and say, "My, haven't things been crappy since Rome fell."But by the time Rome "fell," it had already been superseded (and eclipsed) by the New Rome (Constantinople).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...]

Orthodox Convert Furniture

My wife likes to say that she knew we were becoming Orthodox when she came home one day to a recording of Byzantine chant playing, and a censer smoking on the hearth next to a couple of icons. I remember very clear what she did that afternoon--she gestured to the couch and asked, "Do we need to remove the pews, too?"-- Richard in the CommentsReminds me of an old Top Ten list where the number one sign that you might be an Orthodox Fundamentalist is:1) There are no chairs in your home; you haven't … [Read more...]