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, 16, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

In the full sense, hospitality means dedicating ourselves personally and as a community to fostering each other’s vocation. This is why St Paul tells us to “receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.”

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Written on Jul, 09, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Our vocation is not a predetermined “slot” or “job” or even “office” in the Church. Rather it emerges slowly as we exercise the gifts given in baptism.

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Written on Jul, 02, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

The besetting sin, if I may speak boldly, of Orthodoxy in America, is that too often, we tell the laity to leave their professional and technical competencies at the door to the Church.

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Written on Jun, 25, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

We tend to associate holiness with moral rectitude. A holy person is a virtuous person. While holiness and virtue are related, we often misunderstand the relationship between them. A saint is not holy because he is virtuous. Rather, he is virtuous because he is holy.

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Written on Jun, 17, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

What sacrifice did God ask of me yesterday, that was so great, so onerous, that I would prefer that you not be in my life today?

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Written on Jun, 12, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

In Masterpiece Justice Kennedy wrote: “It hardly requires restating that government has no role in deciding or even suggesting whether the religious ground for” the baker’s “conscience-based objection is legitimate or illegitimate.” Religious minorities should appreciate that Justice Kennedy took the time to restate it nonetheless. Governmental entities have a nasty habit of refusing to protect religious practices that are, …

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Written on Jun, 12, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

…just as Michael Brown served as an avatar for many minority communities who were tired of being ignored, Trump is an avatar for many rural and exurban whites who feel the same way. Thus, rejection of, or even criticism of, Trump for any specific issue (e.g., Trump’s false implication that Philadelphia Eagles players kneeled during the National Anthem and disrespected …

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Reflecting on the vitriol of contemporary American politics, David French writes that Increasingly, however, we can’t handle “normal” without escalation, and the reason lies outside politics. We live in a time of normal political stakes and abnormal cultural change. We’re running a large-scale, uncontrolled cultural experiment on the minds and hearts of Americans, combining fracturing families, declining religiosity, economic transformation, and …

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Written on Jun, 11, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

…is it really true that sexual orientation or gender identity is absolutely central to a person’s identity while a person’s religion is merely a superficial addon?

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Written on Jun, 11, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

If sin is ubiquitous, divine grace is promiscuous.

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