Pestilence, Perfidious Persistence, and Penitence

“Past and present, God's will prevails. Hence, understanding is always best and a prudent mind” Beowulf. Godless persons will use even the greatest of tragedies for wicked ends. I think that it is very important to be soberly aware of such goals. I have already indicated this in some of my past posts. I find …

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The Masters of Death Are Now the Ministers of Life?

“If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain by the sword, with the sword he must be slain” (Rev. 13:10). True Christianity calls a person to total faith in God. A Christian must believe wholeheartedly that his life and his bodily death are in God's hands. …

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The Divine Liturgy is the Heart of the Church

“Instead of learning to live, people are learning to die” Bob Dylan. A reflection on the Div. Liturgy during these trying times.   The Divine Liturgy not only teaches us how to live, but it is also the means whereby we truly live. We must understand that first and foremost we are “Ekklesia.” That is …

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“Social Distancing,” Desert Fathers, and Church Services

Introduction added on 3/25/20 - I originally penned this blog in response to ideas I encountered on the internet and blog-o-sphere. This piece is a response to the ideas of my peers in that realm. That is the sole intent. I am questioning some of the ideas put forth by my peers. It is a …

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Christians in Times of Epidemic, Then and Now

Addendum, 3/19/20 - Since I penned this article the synod of the OCA issued a statement effectively closing all the churches under their jurisdiction. I penned this reflection before that action was taken. In the article, I have strived to offer a reflection based upon an early Christian account of a time of epidemic. That …

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What is More Deadly, a Physical or Spiritual Virus?

The ongoing chaotic situation surrounding the Coronavirus to which, it seems, the general response is panic, revels to a degree certain spiritual realities. Obviously, people should strive to maintain good hygiene as it is continuously being pointed out to us. Such a virus has possible grave physical implications. My point, once again, is not to …

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Global-doxy’s Methodical Methods of building False Unions.

A number of times in past posts, I have compared the spiritual reality of the Ecumenical Patriarchate's false “church” in Ukraine to that of Uniatism. The ultimate goal is to break down traditional Orthodoxy and replace it with a new world orthodoxy. I have repeated this time and again. In the past few days, a …

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Met. Onuphry, Ukraine, and Orthodox Unity in America (and throughout the world)

With great joy today I received in the mail a copy of the Orthodox Word. One of the subjects in this issue is His Beatitude Met. Onuphry of Ukraine. I will start by encouraging anyone reading this to get a copy and read it, here is a link to the digital copy (hard copies may …

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Go to Sleep, Everything is Just Fine

"Until the last decade or so the development of what it is perhaps still too early to call 'American Orthodoxy' had been largely unconscious, as it indeed remains in the majority of those who call themselves "Orthodox" today.  But, as the history of Orthodoxy in America has made abundantly clear, "unconscious" Orthodoxy is but a …

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