…bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Category: Culture

We need the truth

Earlier today a group of people of faith and culture that I frequently attend to had a cultural exchange where several shared poetry Tell all the truth but tell it slant — Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth’s superb surprise As Lightning to the Children eased With explanation kind […]

Happy 4th

Blessed US Independence Day –July 4th The Prophet Amos had something to say about politics worth listening to today: “many of the religious leaders were corrupted and tied to political leaders more than to the Lord.” Are you tied to the Lord and His promises, or to political leaders and their vainglory? The Psalms also […]

The Warrior Nun

“It’s like Buffy the Vampire Slayer got religion.” Well, if you like comedy and religion, you likely will like the new Netflix series, Warrior Nun. The trailer is fun. As a monk friend said, The character “Ava is done very well and Beatrice too, and while I am not too keen on the nun aspect […]

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

It’s the birthday of Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky (born in Moscow in 1821). Dostoyevsky published his first novel — a short novel in letters called Poor Folk — in 1846, and hailed as a great new voice of Russian literature. Vissarion Belinsky, an acclaimed Russian literary critic,  spoke of Dostoyevsky as the new Gogol. Dostoyevsky […]

Bee Blessing

Dominican Father Jonathan Kalisch​ blessing the bees and the hives at Our Lady of Grace Monastery, North Guilford. For us, asking for God’s blessings upon things helps to remember God’s goodness and constant care for us. As a gardener, I am keenly reminded that without the bees we would not be eating too well, plus the honey produced […]

Mother’s Day

“Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend (παραθώμεθα, предадим, place before God, hand over) ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.” (Great Litany, Byzantine Divine Liturgy) [VL] I am always reminded the intimate connection and relationship […]