It’s like when you’re around a bunch of left handed people. Over time, you just feel pressured to write with your left hand, yeah?
Simply Orthodox ☦: Share Orthodoxy with Others →
There’s a saying that Orthodox Christianity is the “best-kept secret” in North America. But should our faith be so unknown to the people around us?
St. Romanos the Melodist tells us to imitate St. Photini, the Samartian woman, and share our faith:
You were not worthy of having what…
While I understand the push toward actively engaging in conversation about the Orthodox faith and perspective, as an American Orthodox Christian I’m concerned about the trend in the our parishes to adopt evangelical tendencies. At the core of our faith we maintain the agency of the Holy Spirit as the One who changes minds, hearts, trajectories. We pray for peace in the whole world. We pray for all suffering, all rejected. We pray for mercy for ourselves and all people.
Representation is different than proselytizing. I whole-heartedly support accurately representing the Orthodox faith to friends, family, coworkers, colleagues as it naturally and organically happens. Especially for us American Christians, we have to recognize that evangelistic tendencies are in the water. Unless we guard against them, we will be influenced by colonial/pushy/judgmental attitudes. And we know these are incompatible with true faith, in America and everywhere.
AMAZING TATTOOS. Coveting.
I love this photo more every time I look at it.
"The eucharistic community makes the Church eschatological. It frees it from the causality of natural and historical events, from limitations which are the result of the individualism implied in our natural biological existence. It gives it the taste of eternal life as love and communion, as the image of the being of God."
Moving to Texas →
While there is plenty in this news story about Glenn Beck’s plan to move to the Dallas area that may turn your stomach, only the very last sentence puts real fear in my heart.
Meanwhile, Beck is gearing up for his “Restoring Courage” rally in Israel next month, a sequel to the “Restoring Honor” rally he held in Washington the same time last year.
Glenn Beck? In Israel?!? May God have mercy on us all!
We don’t need another of his kind here.
American Zionism is taking a weird turn.
Gaudi sketch in Segrada Familia.
Sums and balances
Helping with a tiny baby at the beginning of this week slows everything down. Tasks rush around and demand time, but looking at that little, perfect face, all the speeding demands sound like they are underwater.
GRE prep, publica….tion….s…….P…..h…..D……she is so small. Happy. Needy.
How could I have forgotten how small we all are, how needy, how full of potential? It’s an illusion that I can feed or care for myself—in reality I am so dependent on the people who make my food, the hands who get it to a store, the people who pump my gas (oh, New Jersey). And even in my most independent moments, I really am dependent on those quite, secret and late night votes of confidence. I like to think I’m not that fragile, but I live off the support of those who love me and those I get a chance to love.
In my most confident moments, underneath it all, I am still the sum of all the love others have invested into me. I am in total built by the support of others- am small- am happy- am needy.