I recently visited a “Christian” Facebook page and immediately encountered one of the worst, most vicious tirades I have ever seen. Needless to say, I shall NOT return to that page!

I had basically “abandoned” my blogs. I would go months without posting. I had become a “Facebook person.” Well, Facebook has not proven to be what I had hoped. I’ll still post there, but I’ve decided to blog more.

Fortitude 4 RA posted the following on her blog.

Social Media – friend or foe.

I know the person she refers to. And I have a pretty good idea what is going on. If I’m right, then it is something I know all too well. It is something each person has to walk through at their own terms and in their own way. This person is on my prayer list – the Intensive Prayer Unit. It is all I can do until the problem is shared.

Rather than tear people apart, it is better to be quiet and pray for them, if you are the “praying kind.” If not, just think kindly of them and keep quiet.

How does that saying go?

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

This is an excellent post. And the ones following it, a study of the parts of the Liturgy for children of all ages, is just what I wish had been available when I was teaching Sunday School!

Where Are the Children?/

Originally posted on the pocket scroll:

Sts. Anthony and Paul I used to have a lot of anger issues. Rarely directed towards fellow humans (usually inanimate objects or myself) and certainly never physically violent — at least regarding humans (in first-year undergrad I once chucked a book across my room and made a hole in the wall; the book was the object of my anger). These issues, which rarely but still manifest themselves to do include a lot of physical energy and, if directed at a person, yellling.

Earlier today I got really angry with someone in a café. Which is always awkward. And I can’t get it out of my mind and focus on my work.

Out of remorse for the book-throwing and to mask my folly back in first-year undergrad, I memorised and posted on the wall over the hole James 1:19:

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (NIV)


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Lord, have mercy: The most misunderstood prayer in the Christian West
By Amelia Bacic-Tulevski


A really excellent commentary by an Orthodox woman with deep understanding of Orthodox history, theology, and spirituality. Check out her other posts and her books while you are on her website.



“If the Humility of Christ becomes the way of our life, any place may, and will, become a place of Resurrection.” ~ Gerontissa Gavriela

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Much has been written about St. Gregory Palamas, and I, certainly, am not qualified to write about the saint or even comment on those writings. I do know that St. Gregory Palamas was greatly misunderstood during his life. I shall allow others to do my speaking for me on this.

First, there are the writings of St. Gregory Palamas himself (only 3 are included here – there are many more):

Gregory Palamas: The Triads

Gregory Palamas: The Saving Work of Christ

Sermons by Saint Gregory Palamas: On Bearing Difficulties: To Those Who Find Hard to Bear All the Different Kinds of Difficulties Which Come Upon Us from All Sides (ed by Christopher Veniamin)

Next, there are commentaries about St. Gregory, of which six are included below:

The Contribution of Saint Gregory Palamas to Hesychasm: Theological Presuppositions of the Life in the Holy Spirit (Orthodox Outlet for Dogmatic Enquiries)

Fr. Richard Demetrius Andrews: St. Gregory Palamas and the Prayer of Silence

St. Gregory Palamas on Icons as Tools for the Heart (Podcast from Ancient Faith Radio) [Link opens the podcast; Length: 16:01]

Fr. Bassam A. Nassif: Light for the World: the Life of St. Gregory Palamas (1296–1359)

Sergei V. Bulgakov: St. Gregory Palamas and the Second Sunday of Great Lent [on Mystagogy]

Second Sunday in Lent: St. Gregory Palamas

Although there are many more good references, this is all I will include here for now.

Most people know I don’t write something when someone else has written it. So, here is a timely reflection by Fr. Tryphon, Abbot of the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, WA:



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