Advent, the Light

O Day-Spring,Brightness of light eternal,and Sun of Justice,come and enlightenthem that sit in darknessand in the shadow of death. Today’s Antiphon ends with the same line as yesterday’s, referring to those who “sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.” And I thought, isn’t it enough? He comes to bring the prisoner forth. Yesterday. … More Advent, the Light

Advent, Ember Days

The Traditional Church encourages three days of fasting, abstinence and prayer this week, and these “Ember Days” happen four days a year with the change of seasons. (How do we fast? By abstaining from meat and eating only one full meal, with two snacks as needed, and replacing it with prayer.) Why fasting? Because it … More Advent, Ember Days

Roadblock: Authority

We humans really seem to despise being told what to do.  I find this ironic, as we experience and submit to authority every day.  Hierarchy is embedded in life, hardwired into God’s creation. In fact, I can’t think of a single thing I do that doesn’t involve some sort of organizational structure.  Families, churches, companies, … More Roadblock: Authority

The Light

Light is a fascinating thing, manifesting itself in many forms and levels of intensity.  The bright rays of the sun, the quiet shine of the moon, the dangerous strike of lightning, the severe exposure in an operating room.  Light explodes into brilliantly distinct colors or filters into muted shades.  It can be the mesmerizing glow … More The Light

Hard-wired for Truth

I had the Word of God in the Scriptures, speaking to my soul. I had the tradition of the Church Fathers guiding my mind. I had the practices of daily prayer, sacrifice, and worship building my strength. All that was left was my heart. This post is a continuation of One Prayer, One Answer and … More Hard-wired for Truth

The Plateau

The path to eternity starts at the base of a mountain. From the beginning of the path, we look up towards heaven. The steep climb looks impossible. Some just never attempt it.  What’s the use? Some convince themselves they can do it. They can do anything if they just try. If they want it bad … More The Plateau