Hanukkah and Orthodoxy

Today is the first day of Hanukkah. It sorely tempts me to write on something you don’t want to read about: orthodoxy and the importance of preserving it from the gusts of worldly power that would snuff it out as they come roaring into the Holy City. Judea in the second century BC was split between two...

Savoring Advent

Here it is, December 19th. You might be thinking “Yikes! Only five more days until Christmas!” Then again, maybe you’re thinking what I’m thinking: “Rats! Only five more days left in Advent.” I love this season, much as I love the season of Lent. Both of these times are...

Benedictine Spirituality from a Lay Person: Conclusion (part 7 of 7)

  “Obedience … living within and on the basis of God’s word… as the right way to worship God…. prayer, the self-opening of the human spirit to God, is true worship” (Jesus of Nazareth, part two, p.233).  Chastity is more than a way of life; it is respect of that [chaste] life. Poverty: Do...

A New Family Advent Tradition

The Advent and Christmas seasons are times when families draw upon traditions — some going back generations — that seek to prepare us for the coming of the savior in our lives and our hearts to be that place where the Christ child can reside and live. Families, for instance, light Advent wreaths, create...

Turning a New Page

I spend a good portion of my work hours creating e-books. Since I have recently become a convert of the technology (I, who consider printed books to be the acme of civilization), it’s a labor of love and of frustration. The love part is easy to explain: I love our books and I love making them...

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