Monday, February 12, 2007

Awe and Axios

Yesterday our parish, St. Barnabas, celebrated the 20th Anniversary of our parish entry into canonical Orthodoxy as well as the 20th Anniversary of our clergy's ordination. Bishop Joseph came to our parish and celebrated the liturgy. At the end of the service he had a surprise for all of us. Our beloved Bishop elevated Fr. Michael Reagan to the rank of Archpriest. If you know Fr. Michael, you know the news of his elevation resounded in your heart with, "Axios!", for truly the holy priesthood has found a worthy man.

Axios, Father Michael, axios!!

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Ooh, I'm an Inspirational Storyteller!

You Are An ENFP
The Inspirer

You love being around people, and you are deeply committed to your friends. You are also unconventional, irreverent, and unimpressed by authority and rules. Incredibly perceptive, you can usually sense if someone has hidden motives. You use lots of colorful language and expressions. You're quite the storyteller!

You would make an excellent entrepreneur, politician, or journalist.

http://www.blogthings.com/whatsyourpersonalitytypequiz/">What's Your Personality Type?

How flattering--politicians are among my favorite people!

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007


One day,
Jesus said to his disciples, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like 3x2 + 8x - 9."
A man who had just joined the disciples looked very confused and asked Peter, "What on Earth does he mean by that?"
Peter replied, "Don't worry, it's just another one of his parabolas."

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I've Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy...

It's my turn to share a Basil quote with my three readers. This morning as we were driving to pick up our car from the body shop; Basil sat in the back seat intently browsing his Peter Pan book for new insights into the his brave hero's life.
As he turned the pages he began to sing, slowly at first, "I've got the joy--joy..." He paused for a brief moment and then continued at a more even pace, "I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy--down in--my heart." Another brief pause, perhaps while he noted something in the Pan book. Meanwhile, Sara and I are both listening intently while pretending to as best we could to not notice, because we know something is building. He continues in an imagined antiphon, "What??' 'joy, joy down in my heart." Then suddenly Basil does his best impression of a cannon firing, "--My joy, joy fell out of my heart!"

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Twelve Things I Wish I'd Known as a Convert

1. Take a Long Time.
2. Catechumens are Expected to Learn.
3. After your Baptism/Chrismation, Add Regular Confession and Communion to Rule #2.
4. The Grass is Never Greener; or, Never Know Too Many Priests.
5. Don’t be a weirdo.
6. Worry About Yourself.
7. You Aren’t a Monk, You Aren’t a Priest, Don’t Plan on Being One.
8. No One has Screwed Your Life up More Than You: Listen to Others First.
9. Don’t Play House.
10. Don’t Look Back; Don’t Look Back in Anger.
11. Don’t Write or Speak About Your Conversion Publicly.
12. Whether Cradle or Convert, We Must All Convert Everyday.

Catechumen, New Convert, Old Convert, or Cradle--this is a fun read. Click the link above to read the complete text with commentary.

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I haven't listened to an album at such blaring volumes since High school. Poetic word smithery is laid over rich, snappy tones. It satiates my musical tastes with oozing precision.


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Monday, February 05, 2007

Three Options

1. Continue growing of shaggy mop hair and jumbo size beard

2. Wait until Grace gets around to cutting it

3. Shave it all off

I chose the third option and it feels good!

...come spring, come summer, come warmth, come light!

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Friday, February 02, 2007

The Winnowing Fan

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.[b] 12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire*.”

Matthew 3:11-12
*sorry Origen

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Repentance Requires a Conciousness

"John was sent by God to reprove the Jews and to persuade them to come to a consciousness of their own sins and so to accept the Christ. For if one is not conscious of his sins, he cannot come to repentance. This is why John was sent.”

St. Theolphylact, Commentary on St. Matthew's Gospel

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