Archive for March, 2011

Our venerable mother Mary of Egypt was a desert ascetic who repented of a life of prostitution. She lived during the sixth century, and passed away in a remarkable manner in 522. The Church celebrates her feast day on the day of her repose, April 1; additionally, she is commemorated on the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, the fifth Sunday in Great Lent.

Troparion (Tone 8) [1]

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O mother,
For you took up the Cross and followed Christ.
By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away;
But to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.
Therefore your spirit, O holy Mother Mary, rejoices with the Angels.

Kontakion (Tone 3)

Having been a sinful woman,
You became through repentance a Bride of Christ.
Having attained angelic life,
You defeated demons with the weapon of the Cross;
Therefore, O most glorious Mary you are a Bride of the Kingdom!

(Icon by Fr Paul Akmolin)

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A splendid meditation, from Jason Peters, in Front Porch Republic:


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With Fairport Convention, 1968, in a rare live acoustic version:

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After God, let us have our conscience as our mentor and rule in all things, so that we may know which way the wind is blowing and set our sails accordingly.


Saint John Climacus

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Believe Me

If this guy likes you, you know you’re wrong:

.”  And the most enthusiastic praise for Obama’s speech came from Bill Kristol in The Weekly Standard, who gushed that with this speech, “President Obama had rejoined — or joined — the historical American foreign policy mainstream” and “the president was unapologetic, freedom-agenda-embracing, and didn’t shrink from defending the use of force or from appealing to American values and interests.”

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The new baseball season has begun. Here is an article I wrote some time ago; some musings on the most metaphysical of sports:


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Only Wonder


“Concepts create idols; only wonder understands anything.”
St. Gregory of Nyssa

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Fast, easy and tasty, especially on flat bread with Papp’s Hungarian peppers (see Lenten Survival Tools, Part I….)

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Just as the unity of human society cannot be founded on an opposition of classes, so also the right ordering of economic life cannot be left to a free competition of forces. For from this source, as from a poisoned spring, have originated and spread all the errors of individualist economic teaching.

Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno

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