Written on Aug, 06, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Today God calls us to be men and women of intense prayer. Not only the formal prayer found in books but the quiet prayer of the heart.

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Written on Aug, 01, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

To refuse to work together with the whole Church is to pursue my own salvation while neglecting your salvation.

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Written on Jul, 30, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

I’m looking to rent a space near UW-Madison for a church. Any suggestions? For the last several months, the mission I serve (Ss Cyril & Methodius) has been meeting Sunday mornings in a space we rent from the Lutheran campus ministry program at UW. They have been nothing but wonderful hosts but I would like the parish to start the …

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Written on Jul, 24, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Working together doesn’t mean I tell you what to do or you tell me what today. Rather, we are to help each other pursue the work God has called each of us to accomplish in this life.

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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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