Written on May, 17, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

…and so is commenting So, if you’re reading this blog and find what I post here interesting, please considering using the various sharing buttons to let other people know. It would also help me if you let a comment on a post you liked or used the rating stars to give me some feedback. Thank you! In Christ, +Fr Gregory

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Written on Jul, 17, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

The Palamas Institute for Orthodox Christian Pastoral Studies  is a program of adult faith formation and lay ministry training that provides Orthodox Christians and other interested Christians with the intellectual and practical tools need to live a vibrant life in Christian.  This life begins with a solid foundation in Sacred Scripture, dogmatic theology, liturgical and ascetical theology, as well as …

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Written on Nov, 27, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

This why God’s mercy, to return to where we began, often feel harsh. It does, because it is. My tendency toward rebellion needs to be defeated if I am to inherit eternal life and there are no gentle wars.

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Written on Nov, 26, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

To understand what God has called the Church in America to do, we need to understand both the nature of the Church AND the nature of America. There’s a brief essay by Robert Reilly over at The Stream (False Founding: Was America Anti-Christian From the Beginning?) that offers us a good start to the latter task. Here’s a snippet. In …

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Written on Nov, 24, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Gratitude to God is not a feeling but an action. In the social dimension of human life, it is rather a matter of respecting the conscience of the individual. Such respect is no more important than when we disagree bitterly with each other.

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Written on Nov, 23, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Humility in Russian means a state of being at peace, when a person has made peace with God’s will; that is, he has given himself over to it boundlessly, fully, and joyfully, and says, “Lord, do with me as Thou wilt!” As a result he has also made peace with all the circumstances of his own life—everything for him is …

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Written on Nov, 20, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

When I glory in anything other than “Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2, NJKV), I’m blind to the great abundance of gifts God pours out on His Church. As a result, my vision of the Christian life and the ministry of the Church–to say nothing on my own spiritual life–becomes narrowed and cramped.

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Written on Nov, 14, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

The dying community is one in which the members do not and will not, support each other in the pursuit of holiness and vocational fidelity. They dying parish is interested in everything else becoming saints.

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Written on Nov, 04, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

More thoughts on Pussy Riot at UW-Madison… Like many Orthodox Christians (I won’t speak for those outside the Orthodox Church) I think the Russian government and the Church of Russian over reacted to Pussy Riot. I think that the ROC is too closely identified with Putin. At the same, Pussy Riot wasn’t simply pointing out that Church and State are …

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Written on Nov, 04, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

There has been much discussion of late about hate speech on the UW-Madison campus and in the current presidential debate. In light of this, I wrote the following email to the Chancellor expressing my concern that the University has invited Pussy Riot to speak on campus. This is why even though I have never been paid, I have been involved …

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Written on Sep, 28, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

While it is in my economic best interest to pay as little tax as the law allows, this doesn’t mean my actions are unfair. Why? Because minimizing my tax bill is more than mere naked self-interest.

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Written on Aug, 09, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Like marriage, the priesthood is a kind of friendship. And, in both cases, the friendship whether between priest and parishioner, or between husband and wife, is the fruit of a friendship with Jesus Christ.

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