Tuesday, January 31, 2006

From the pen of St. Ephriam the Syrian, whose feast day is January 28.

Prayer for the Granting of All Virtues

Grant me, O Son of the Good One, that for which my mind yearns, and join to it that which is pleasing to Thy will.

Grant that I may choose to do good and in no way deviate from Thy will.

Do not permit me to be a wicked and hypocritical disciple who violates Thy commandments.

Protect me from thinking that I can walk along Thy path merely for the sake of appearance and thus by my hypocrisy deceive those who see me, inciting them to proclaim me blessed.

Grant that my heart might please Thy greatness in secret, and that my just life might glorify Thee publicly.

May truth be a mistress to guide Thy worshipper; may it preserve me in chastity both near and far.
Deliver me from the misfortune of knowing Thy law, yet lacking the desire to please Thee.

Props to Fr. Wayne for this.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Dawn, this post is for you...

I've been listening to Sun Kil Moon recently thanks to our fare Beniy. Sun Kil Moon is essentially former Red House Painters...well, yeah former Red House Painter (He was the band) Mark Kozelek. I must say I was a bit hesitant to pick up this album. I have a lot of great memories from RHP and was nervous to find that it was essentially the same thing, or worse an attempt at genius gone wrong (if that makes any sense). Well, I have been pleasantly surprised to find that the music is great. Sometimes "slit your wrists" great, sometimes "dance around the living room with your wife with the curtains open so everybody sees" great. I guess it's a great bi-polar masterpiece, but it's beautiful and that's what makes it great...beauty. YMMV

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

I had a minute...

You scored as Philosophy. You should be a Philosophy major! Like the Philosopher, you are contemplative and you enjoy thinking about the purpose for humanity's existence.





























What is your Perfect Major? (PLEASE RATE ME!!<3)
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Four jobs you have had in your life...
Body removal for a mortuary
Sleepy security guard at a high-rise tower
Manager at a jazz club

Four movies You Could Watch Over and Over...
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory I was actually quite surprised at how much I enjoyed this film. "You smell like old people and soap.' 'I like it."
Master and Commander
Great adventure.
The Shawshank Redemption Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman...great film.
Hamlet Shakespeare is incredible. The ability to weave such an intricate web of words in such beautiful ways is amazing.

Four Places You Have Lived...
La Mirada, California
La Habra, California
Brea, California
The Philippines (for four months)

Four TV Shows You Love To Watch...
(our antenna has been purposely disconnected for a couple years)
When it was connected...
The Simpsons
Frontline (PBS)

Four Places You Have Been On Vacation...
New York City several times
Europe twice
A seriously awesome road trip that included Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, The San Juan Islands, Oregon, and N. California.
Pennsylvania and Upstate New York with family during highschool

Four Websites You Visit Daily...
Various and sundry blogs

Four Of Your Favorite Foods...
A good cheeseburger

Four Places You Would Rather Be Right Now...
At home in bed...i've got a nasty flu bug
Saint John of Shanghai Monastery
I don't know

Four people you will tag...
Ummm...sadly, i tagged myself, so nobody.

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Friday, January 20, 2006

January 20th 2001

Today is the fifth anniversary of Sara and I. We were married the day before the fourth anniversary of our meeting. As I am sure many of you can relate to, the nine years that we have known each other have gone by all too quickly, just a blur of emotions.

It is hard for me to conceive that nine years ago this wonderful woman was a stranger, and now today I know her and she knows me as no one ever has. In this time we have sipped many cups of coffee and tea together; we have basked in the light of the sun and cozied up in the cold; we have tasted the sweetest of wines and grown drunk on the bitterest of tears; on the days of negative checking account balances, our love never felt richer; on summer days our sad and poorly running Volvo gave us more joy with the windows down, smoking cloves and listening to Edie Brickell than really was reasonable to expect; we have trekked across Europe, prayed in massive and ancient churches, and marched up the Seine sing we have camped on coastal bluffs surrounded by elk herds, in high mountains with bears seeking our food, and solitary deserts with solitary big horned sheep; as the years have gone on we have spent days with dying friends and the mothers, wives, and children they have left behind; grandparents have died; we have seen friends marry and some divorce; Sara is the only woman who has seen all of my sweet dance moves (and she was only slightly embarrassed); together we chased each other through the doors of the Church and together found within Her all the fullness of Christ; and finally the day came that we brought life into the world, the day tears of deepest joy flowed in our home; we change diapers together; and regulate on unwieldy two-year olds together; we stay up way past our bedtime enjoying the rareness of a quiet house and the peaceful company; we critique roasts of origins and blends together; we delight in freshly brewed beer; we walk to Starbucks; we have breakfast at Arthur's; we hike in "our" hills; we dream of fine meats during Lent and steal each other's books from the night stand; we bless God as we shhhh squirmy two year olds and bounce cranky infants; we walk together quietly to the chalice of life; we say sorry for snapping at each other; and feel bad for our pettiness; we give thanks; and this litany could go on like a great prayer of thanksgiving for all the mercy we have known.

We will be in our 70's on our 50th year of marriage and I pray we may still know such joy as we have been blessed with all along.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

What is going on here???

I don't know what exactly is going on here, but somehow I won another contest with Eat Feed. Check out the fun stuff I won this time.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Juliana's godmother, Beniy's sister, St. Barnabas' choir director, and our dear friend Ruth has finally started her own blog, Ruth's Mosaic. So far her posts are some of the most thoughtful and down to earth I have read from anyone in a while.

Go over and welcome her.

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Friday, January 13, 2006

You scored as Chalcedon compliant. You are Chalcedon compliant. Congratulations, you're not a heretic. You believe that Jesus is truly God and truly man and like us in every respect, apart from sin. Officially approved in 451.



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Are you a heretic?
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I guess I need to work out some of my Pelagian and Nestorian issues. You try it...sheesh!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Arrested for Christ

As many of my local friends know I listen to quite a few podcasts on a regular basis. I got into this habit accidentally by the providence of two occurrences. First, my brother received a gift certificate to an Apple store, bought an ipod shuffle and discovered he had little or no use for it and gave it to me. Second, good friends of ours moved to New York city and gave us their well loved car that had the stereo stolen from it twice. A+B=C

My commute to work is around 45 minutes in the morning and nearer to an hour at night. Needless to say I have almost two hours each day to fill. The podcasts I listen to during the drive range from local NPR affiliate shows to two guys in a basement with a computer and microphone. The content ranges from food, beer, and wine to religion and politics. Most of my favorites were instant love from the very first download.

However, yesterday I stopped by Ancient Faith Radio just to see what was new. I had downloaded one of Father Patrick Reardon's homilies some time back, but that was all. On this occasion, while browsing in the archives I noticed a show titled Arrested for Christ. This caught my eye and I immediately placed this in some third world missionary category, or if continental, at the very least Evangelicals telling homosexuals (evangelical-homosexual kind of has a ring to it) that they're going to burn.

They were neither of the aforementioned. That's all I'm going to say for now. Go and listen to this podcast. You can listen on your computer or your pod (MP3 player). When you get to the page scroll down and you'll see the title on the left. Let me know what you think.

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Monday, January 09, 2006

Juliana Meets the Bishop

I really don't know what it is about these pictures, but something in them touches me very deeply. It probably has something to do with all the implications they show forth.

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Hassidic Reggae and Hip-hop...Wow! This guy is undeniably talented. In addition to that most of his music is taken from the Psalter.

Have you heard him? Any thoughts? Check him out.

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Eve of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Troparion - Tone 4

Of old, the river Jordan
turned back before Elisha's mantle at Elijah's ascension.
The waters were parted in two
and the waterway became a dry path.
This is truly a symbol of baptism
by which we pass through this mortal life.
Christ has appeared in the Jordan to sanctify the waters!


Fourth Tone

River Jordan was turned back by Elisseus' mantle once, when the fiery man of zeal Elias had been taken up; then were its waters divided hither and thither. The running streams became dry passage unto him, truly as a sign and type of Baptism, whereby we pass to the other side of the shifting stream of this fleeting life. Christ hath appeared in the Jordan River, to sanctify the waters.

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