Faithfulness and Demoniacs

I am reminded again and again of the words of Abba Ischyrion in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers. The holy Fathers were making predictions about the last generation. They said ‘What have we ourselves done?’ One of them, the great Abba Ischyrion replied, ‘We ourselves have fulfilled the commandments of God.’ The others replied, … [Read more…]

The Centurion and a Bad Week

4th Sunday after Pentecost. Holy Wonderworking Unmercenaries Cyrus and John Well, I must confess to you that my preparations for today’s sermon have been affected by the week we’ve just had. In one week we were treated, if-you-will, to a host of passions from every political, social, and religious front. We saw the aftermath of … [Read more…]

On Obedience

3rd Sunday after Pentecost: Martyr Julian of Tarsus. June 21, 2015 There is a word in our language, which is so odious to us that when we hear it said aloud, our hackles involuntarily raise. Our teeth grind and our fists clench. It is more disturbing to us than any swear word, or shame word, … [Read more…]