August 23, 2017

Fr. Stephen Freeman: Saving My Neighbor — Just How Connected Are We?

Saving My Neighbor — Just How Connected Are We? By Father Stephen Freeman If you are in the “helping professions,” confronting problems in people’s lives, it doesn’t take long to realize that no one is purely and simply an individual. The problems we suffer may occasionally appear to be “of our own making,” but that […]

Fr. Ernesto on tradition and old habits

Note from CM: We have often suggested that one of the most fundamental problems in American Christianity, revivalist groups in particular, is lack of appreciation for tradition. Especially the “Great Tradition” of the ancient and historic church. Of course, there is another side to all of this. Those who respect “tradition” can easily fall into […]

Epiphany IV: God, everywhere present, filling all things

Epiphany IV God, everywhere present, filling all things Today, words from Fr. Stephen Freeman on the “one-storey universe.” That is, he is talking, from an Orthodox perspective, about the sacramental nature of reality. As the Apostle Paul said in Athens: The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of […]

Fr. Stephen Freeman: An Important Conversation – How Should We Think About the Bible as History?

An Important Conversation – How Should We Think About the Bible as History? by Fr. Stephen Freeman Fr. Freeman blogs at Glory to God for All Things • • • A recent conversation on the blog seemed worth a full article. The question centered around the problem of the historical character of the Biblical record. […]

Fr. Ernesto: Oikonomía, a better way to pastor

Note from CM: Today we welcome a longtime friend of Internet Monk, Father Ernesto, who shares with us how we might learn from ancient Orthodox tradition to help people with better pastoral care. Pastors, ministers, priests, and chaplains, I’d especially love to hear from you today, but I think it will also be important to […]

Ryan McLaughlin: A Luminous Darkness

A Luminous Darkness By Ryan McLaughlin At long last, I had found my way out of the wilderness! Or so I thought, at least. My wife and I became Roman Catholic on a beautiful spring evening in the heart of Boston. As Holy Saturday became Easter Sunday, the bells rang out and the lights came […]

Tokah: On the Sunday of Forgiveness

It is my second favorite day of the year, the Sunday of Forgiveness, also known as Cheesefare Sunday. We gather for the Forgiveness Vespers in the evening, candlelight dancing in front of paintings of those who have walked this path before us. Vespers starts normally enough, until we come to the prayer, “Vouchsafe, O Lord”. This prayer is […]

Frederica Mathewes-Green on the Orthodox View of Sin

I saw this on Frederica Mathewes-Green’s Facebook page yesterday and thought it worthy of our consideration and discussion: The Orthodox view of sin is as an infection that pervades Creation and causes suffering for all (rather than bad deeds that demand punishment). It’s a new idea and hard to grasp, for converts. But one of […]