Category : Formation

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

While they focus on economics in their op-ed piece, James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley make a good point for those interested in college ministry. What matters, they write, is not so much what happens in the classroom. Rather, the thing that most effects students’ attitudes are the time spent pursuing “extracurricular activitivies.” While not denying that there are “organizations …

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Written on Dec, 28, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Creating a society in which we are encouraged to confront anxiety and face difficult realities matters not just for the mental health of individuals, but also for our collective well-being. In the world that soon awaits us, humankind will desperately need those individuals willing to rise from their beds. The challenges that loom ahead will require us to set aside …

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Written on Dec, 07, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

By its nature, Christian marriage isn’t simply a personal vocation (and all vocations are personal). It is also a call to marry a particular person. This makes it a shared vocation. No one has a vocation to be married in general. Christ calls a person to marry this person, at this time in their lives.

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Written on Nov, 21, 2017 by in | 1 Comment.

Confession, in other words, is never simply about my sin. It is rather part of our shared journey as brothers and sisters in Christ. Yes, we each have our own role. But priest and penitent need each other and neither can be who they are called to be in Christ without the other.

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Written on Nov, 20, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

When we receive the Eucharist, together with Christ we receive our own lives as well but as they have been made new by grace. This is what we are preparing to do when we celebrate the Eucharist and this is what we do when we receive Holy Communion.

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While the utopians’ aspirations can seem alarmingly foreign, their basic outlook was hyper-American—American, but more so (in terms of ideals, if seldom reality). Americans cherish freedom of conscience; where better to nurture new heresies? America is profoundly egalitarian; where better to abolish property? Americans cherish liberalism; where better to emancipate women? America is a land of new beginnings; where better …

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Written on Sep, 26, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

It’s a new semester and I’m again teaching in St Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theology Seminary’s distance education program for youth ministers. This time around, I’m teaching Christian doctrine for youth minister. As I did last semester, I’ll post my class notes here. You are welcome to use them if you’d like. You’re also welcome to ask questions or offer your own thoughts on the material.

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Written on Sep, 21, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

The tradition of the Church reveals to me my own poverty and need for God and my neighbor for, well, everything. The other sees the tradition of the Church as something that erases my poverty and makes me rich.

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Written on Sep, 20, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Benjamin Schwarz in his review of The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett  writes that the author describes …the process of “assortative mating” and elite bunching that Murray previously elucidated, Currid-Halkett explains that “smart people want to be around other smart people…over time that results in highly stratified hyper-educated affluent places.” The practical social …

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Written on Sep, 19, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Those who claim that their lives should be such as to console no one and to be a burden or the occasion of grief to no one, who derive no joy from others’ success and inflict no bitterness on others with their own perversity, I would call not human beings but beasts. They have only one goal: neither to love …

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