Metropolitan Jonah on Dispassion

I had heard, mostly from the grandmas at church, of the great wisdom and gift for teaching of Metropolitan Jonah.  However, I didn't really understand why they all made such a fuss until I heard this, a talk given on the subjects of dispassion, ego, and theosis.  It's rather long, but it's worth it.  Enjoy: … [Read more...]

4 Things That Are Not Reasons I Became an Orthodox Christian

There is perhaps nothing which is more painful, and obnoxious, than someone believing that they understand why you believe something that you do.  For anyone who believes anything, this is an understandable problem.  If you believe in God (or god, or spirits, or even just an afterlife) you're used to the annoying commentary from the proverbial peanut-gallery remarking on how foolish your fear and superstition is.  However, it doesn't just stop there.  Even someone who simply believes that they an … [Read more...]

Against Hope in Damnation

In the wake of all the controversy revolving around Fr. Baron's remarks about von Balthasar, I thought it would be appropriate to try to add an Eastern voice to all this commotion.All this aggression and name calling with regards to von Balthasar's universalist hope raises an interesting question, why are we so bothered by the idea of hell being empty?  Most arguments against this manner of thinking about the unfortunate part of the here-after makes a claim that von Balthasar (and Fr. Barron … [Read more...]

A Christian Rite for Same-Sex Union

Once upon a time a heavily biased scholar published a work on the (scandalous) existence of a rite for same-sex union within the Christian tradition.  And he was right.Allow me to imagine your responses… “D:< !!! WHAT THE HELL!”It’s not a new topic, in fact, it’s quite old news… but apparently Huffington Post doesn’t think so, so I feel it might be time to address the whole thing again.(My first reaction to the story: “Huffpost wut r u doin?Huffpost.Stahp…”)What i … [Read more...]

Why Sola Scriptura Honestly Scares Me

Being raised in a Protestant home, the Scriptures were (and in many ways still are) the end-all-be-all of the faith for me.  However, there is a reason I am no longer a Protestant.  This reason has many branches but all points back to one thing, context.  Given the necessity of context, I find the whole idea of “Scripture Alone” horrifying.What it is:Sola Scriptura is the idea that Christianity ought to be based off of “Scripture Alone” (which is the English translation of “Sola Scriptura … [Read more...]

Upholding the Sabbath

We’re all aware of the commandment to “remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”  Most of us know that this is why we’re expected to be at the Liturgy (Mass, service, etc.) each week, and on Holy days.  And in our snarky, self-amused manner we stand boldly (those of us who do go when we’re “supposed to”) and proclaim, “Look how good I am, having upheld the command of the Lord.”But is it enough?  Is that hour (or two and a half, if you’re an Easterner) of your week enough to claim that y … [Read more...]

A Desperate Plea

"Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy have each become comfortable (may God forgive them!) with the schism, but we, Eastern Catholics, can never truly become accustomed to the schism; there is always a tension within us because in spite of everything, we love both Orthodoxy and Catholicism and we cannot accept separation from either of them. Often that tension is invisible for even long periods of time, but it is always there, and always reappears." -Bishop Basil Losten In case you've … [Read more...]

An Orthodox South?

Now that we've all gotten used to Southern Catholics, I'd like to introduce you to a new oddity, the Southern Orthodox.  I really don't have much to say, other than this is fantastic.Enjoy.  … [Read more...]