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

Continue Reading...
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 …

Continue Reading...
Written on Feb, 19, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Throughout the Fast, we read from Proverbs, Solomon’s book of “instruction in wise dealing, righteousness, justice, and equity.” Rooted in the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,” we must cultivate prudence. We need to acquire by instruction and practice the ability to do the right thing, to avoid the extremes that plague us in a fallen world.

Continue Reading...

  Didn’t realize this moment was being filmed yesterday but I’m so happy that it was. My childhood self would never have dreamed of seeing a gay kiss on TV at the Olympics but for the first time ever a kid watching at home CAN! Love is love is love. Gus Kenworthy To say, as Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy does, …

Continue Reading...
Written on Feb, 18, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Forgiveness is the Christian tradition’s response to not only the petty annoyances of everyday life and the conflicts that corrode our relationships with family members, friends, and colleagues. It is also our response to systemic social injustice and the naked manifestations of evil.

Continue Reading...
Written on Feb, 17, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

In a world averse to asceticism, in the presence of contemporary de-sanctification of life and domination of self-centered and self-indulgent ideals, the Orthodox Church insists on a Lenten period of spiritual struggle and “venerable abstinence” for its children in preparation for Holy Week, the Passion and Cross of Christ, so that we may become witnesses and partakers of His glorious Resurrection.

Continue Reading...
Written on Feb, 16, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

…dear ones, as we prepare to embark on our Lenten sojourn, let us be of good courage and turn our efforts away from satisfying the wants of the flesh and toward good deeds, to recognizing Christ in one-another – especially in those who are in need of our compassion – and let us commit our spiritual efforts toward receiving God’s grace.

Continue Reading...
Written on Feb, 15, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

In his recent review of The Once and Future Liberal for The Gospel Coalition, [author and former Obama White House staffer, Michael] Wear (sort of) critiques identity politics, lamenting the fact that “identity politics empowers people to speak for others without their consent.” Yet in the same article he suggests, “We ought to see our fates as inextricably linked with …

Continue Reading...
Written on Feb, 13, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Sometimes in our zeal to defend the poor and oppressed and to include those on the margins of society, we overlook the importance of property right and economic liberty. We don’t help the poor by curtailing the rights of the middle class or wealthy.

Continue Reading...
Written on Feb, 12, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

In a recent forum for Democrats running for Wisconsin governor, the current Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction Tony Evers offered this solution to providing health care for those in urban areas; mandatory physician residencies.

Continue Reading...
Written on Feb, 12, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Recently, I posted an essay on Acton’s Transatlantic Blog reflecting on the economic implications of the Orthodox theologian David Bentley Hart’s recent translation of the New Testament. After reading my essay (David Bentley Hart’s Gospel of Cass Division), a friend of mine shared observation from his seminary New Testament professor that I think helps set the context for Jesus’ comments about wealth.

Continue Reading...
Written on Feb, 11, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

As we look forward to the beginning of the Great Fast, the Church asks us to reflect once again on St Paul’s words to the Corinthians: “food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.” This isn’t a rejection of fasting but a sober reminder of its limits. Indeed of the limits of all of our efforts.

Continue Reading...