Monday, February 25, 2019

Three years have passed

since I have last posted.  A child sent off to college, a new career for me and the passing of my father...

We are at the cusp of another Lenten Season.  My hope is to start this blog up again with thoughts and ideas from others that will help us "walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil." (St. Paul to the Ephesians 5:15-16)  In the past three years it appears that foolishness has run rampant and I am of the opinion that it has come to the point where we may not be able to halt the onslaught but humbly seek refuge and deflect as best as we can.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Back from Hiatus

It has been almost a year since I've posted and for no other reason than life just happens and some things simply get placed to the wayside.  Not that you all have been waiting with bated breath for my comments on the Sunday School post, but I apologize if that was the case.  It's a terrific piece and has a myriad of valid points.  Orthodoxy cannot be simply copied and pasted into existing models, especially not Protestant-based ones.  To learn the Bible is to experience it the Liturgy.  The following link outlines the use of Holy Scripture during the Divine Liturgy. Scripture in the Divine Liturgy.  Pretty awesome if you ask me.

At any rate, I'm back and I'm going to try to post more often.  I'm currently doing some post graduate work, trying to launch a second (or third if you count stay-at-home mom) career.  Pray for me.  That Demon of Noonday is a pest for sure.

Love to all who visit this blog and wishing you a fruitful Lenten season!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Children and the Church

Christ is Risen!

Here's a fantastic article about educating children in the Church.  I recommend everyone read it, even if you don't have kids.

I have so much to say about this.  Let me gather my thoughts and try to put something coherent together in the next few days.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Most Difficult Prayer

While I was stressing out last week about something that really was nothing in the end, I found this prayer.  As I was going through it, I realized that this has got to be the most difficult prayer out there.  The difficulty lies in the condemnation and hence realization of how far my soul is from God.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

Enemies have driven me into Thy embrace more than friends have.

Friends have bound me to earth, enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world.

Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly realms and an extraneous inhabitant of the world.

Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an unhunted animal does, so have I, persecuted by enemies, found the safest sanctuary, having ensconced myself beneath Thy tabernacle, whether neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

They, rather than I, have confessed my sins before the world.  They have punished me, whenever I have hesitated to punish myself.  They have tormented me, whenever I have tried to flee torments. They have scolded me, whenever I have flattered myself.  They have spat upon me, whenever I have filled myself with arrogance.

Bless my enemies, O Lord.  Even I bless them and do not curse them.

Whenever I have made myself mighty, they have mocked me.

Whenever I have rushed to enrich myself, they have prevented me with an iron hand.

Whenever I have tried to sleep peacefully, they have wakened me from sleep.

Whenever I have tried to build a home for a long and tranquil life, they have demolished it and driven me out.

Truly, enemies have cut me loose from the world and have stretched out my hands to the hem of Thy garment.

Bless my enemies, O Lord.  Even I bless them and do not curse them.

Bless them and multiply them; multiply them and make them even more bitterly against me; so my fleeing to Thee may have no return; so that all hope in men may be scattered like cobwebs; so that absolute serenity may begin to reign in my soul; so that my heart may become the grave of my two evil twins:  arrogance and anger; so that I might amass all my treasure in heaven; ah, so that I may for once be freed from self deception, which has entangled me in the dreadful web of illusory life.

Enemies have taught me to know what hardly anyone knows, that a person has no enemies except himself.  One hates his enemies only when he fails to realize that they are not enemies, but cruel friends.  It is truly difficult for me to say who has done me more good and who has done me more evil in the world:  friends or enemies.

Therefore bless, O Lord, both my friends and my enemies.

A slave curses enemies, for he does not understand.

But a son blesses them, for he understands.  For a son knows that his enemies cannot touch his life.  Therefore he freely steps among them and prays to God for them.

Bless my enemies, O Lord.  Even I bless them and do not curse them.


I told you that was hard.  Love to all!!


Friday, September 13, 2013

Let us pray.

I've been thinking about starting a whole new blog dedicated to prayer but being that I am crunched for time, it's much easier to just use this one.

It has come to my attention that almost every.single.night after the daily tragedies are read on the news, most of them end with "and our thoughts and prayers are with the family/town/survivors."  It made me wonder, sheesh, with all these people praying you would think that the world would be in a much better spot than it is presently.  If you have been living on Mars and have sketchy Internet service, and the only website you can get is my blog (my apologies to you), it's really awful. Truly awful.  One would not be incorrect in saying that we are probably at this point:

 “A time is coming when people will go mad and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, “You are mad, you are not like us.” - St. Anthony of the Desert, 4th century.

For the next year, or maybe for the life of this blog, posts will be dedicated to all things prayer. Of course, it will be the Orthodox Christian we-have-2000+years-of-experience-with-prayer viewpoint.

First posting, if I don't have to work, will be Monday.  Praying for you all to have a peaceful weekend.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Orthodox Wood Art

A little plug for a friend of mine...

Please visit his website at Mike's Best Work to see (and purchase!) more of his beautiful creations.

Friday, June 7, 2013

And for my second post of 2013...

You know...when I started blogging I got off to a super duper start.  Holy smokes, I was pumpin' stuff out like there was no tomorrow!  And can hear the crickets chirping.

It's time consuming and sometimes I feel a bit guilty sitting at the computer when I have tons of housework that needs to be done.  Crazy people that they are, my family likes to eat and they appreciate clean underwear.  The kids also liked to be picked up from school when it's completed for the day.  So between driving, cooking, cleaning and other stuff, my life of blogging becomes stymied.

Well now that it is summer, I'm starting up again. I hope.

First up...I may be a little late to the party but dear Orthodox peeps you have got to get yourself a copy of Everyday Saints.  You can find every human emotion in this will laugh, you will cry, you will jump out of your seat and want to hug God for being so awesome.  I can barely type the words "Egyptian Cat" and not start giggling.  Like the name implies, Everyday Saints allows you to relax just enough to realize that salvation isn't only for the spiritual superstars.  It's for bums like us too.  And if that isn't enough to convince you, Amazon has it rated 5 stars with 54 reviews.  On Amazon it looks like it only has the Kindle Version.  I know it's been selling out everywhere so a copy may be hard to come by.  I have one left at my parish's bookstore if you happen to be the area (Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Phoenix). 

That's it for now. I think I hear an 8 year old boy attempting to make Kool-Aid by himself, so 'tis best that I leave.  See you all soon!