A Scar is Not a Wound

When we suffer wounds, especially traumatic wounds (fired from a job, a divorce, loss of a loved one, abuse, etc.) God can bring healing. Healing takes time and often the most healing comes through others who have suffered the same kind of wounding. Wounding changes us however. It leaves scars. But scars are not wounds. Scars are what remain when the wounds heal. Don't pick at the … [Read more...]

Can You Help a Priest in Need?

It's unfortunate but true: Sometimes priests are treated unfairly and the results can be financially catastrophic. A friend of mine, a solid priest with a great track record and no hint of scandal, untoward behavior or anything else that warrants the kind of treatment he is receiving, is undergoing some grave difficulty at the moment. I want to raise $1,000 to help him through his current … [Read more...]

Arrested Development: The Destruction Of Masculinity In A Pornified Culture

In my experience the following paragraph from the essay below describes the social world of young men that is accurate and true. I see it as a social crisis of the first order. Pornography imposes personal and social costs we are only beginning to comprehend. I see this time and again when I deal with young men trying to learn how to become men. Underlying these costs is the broader argument … [Read more...]

St. Basil the Great and Christian Philanthropy

By John G. Panagiotou Many things are said and written about the great Cappodocian Father of the 4th century St. Basil the Great of Caesarea. In Basil the Great, we find the consummate theologian, liturgical scholar, ascetic and evangelist of the Faith. Too often, however, one more aspect of Basil is left overlooked and that is Basil as the first great Christian philanthropist. It is with this … [Read more...]

An Exchange on Homosexuality and Culture

In a comment on the Monomakhos blog, I offered this prediction: The romance with homosexualism can only last for so long -- five years tops and we are in year one. In another two years public doubts will start to surface. In year four those doubts will start shaping into a consensus. In year five the waters of this tsunami will start to recede. Why do I say this? Because nothing in the … [Read more...]

Fr. Lawrence Farley: Is the LGBT a New Reality?

Source: No Other Foundation By Fr. Lawrence Farley The battle between those who condemn homosexual activity as sinful and those who celebrate it as a valid alternative is heating up, and the sound of its fury is shaking the walls and rattling the windows even of the Orthodox Church.   It’s like Dylan prophesied long ago: the times they are a’changin.   And though our … [Read more...]

Dr. Clark Carlton: Understanding the Modern and Post-Modern Mind [AUDIO]

The ideas that shape Fr. Robert Arida's argument that the Orthodox Church should offer moral parity to homosexual pairings did not arise with him. He draws from a well that has been dug by others even though he does not acknowledge (or might not be aware) of it. To understand more fully why Fr. Arida and his supporters think the way they do, and why their ideas sound so reasonable and even … [Read more...]

Texas Orthodox Clergy Deliver Stinging Rebuke to Fr. Arida and Enablers

Statement of the Brotherhood of the Orthodox Clergy Association of Houston and Southeast Texas on the Comments of Fr. Robert Arida on Homosexuality Published on Monomakhos Source: Orthodox Houston In response to Fr. Robert Arida’s recent article, which was posted on the OCA’s Wonder blog, there have been many eloquent rebuttals. We do not wish to attempt to reproduce those critiques … [Read more...]

Fr. Robert Arida: Why Don’t You Become Episcopalian?

This essay responds to Fr. Robert Arida's essay "Never Changing Gospel; Ever Changing Culture" NOTE: Due to an outpouring of criticism, the OCA was forced to retract Arida's article. You can read it on the WayBack Machine (internet archives). By Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse A great many of those who 'debunk' traditional...values have in the background values of their own which they believe … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch: Cohabitation of Same-Sex Couples Contrary to Gospel

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese (via OCN.Net). The following is an excerpt from the Message of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the 42nd Clergy-Laity Congress in Philadelphia, delivered July 7, 2014 Our Lord, through His first miracle in Canaan, Galilee, blessed the holy sacrament of marriage, in which two persons of different sexes come together to unite into one … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah at the Institute of Religion and Democracy: Secularism and Depersonalization [AUDIO]

Source: Juicy Ecumenicism Metropolitan Jonah recently spoke at the Institute on Religion and Democracy. He served as the head of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) from November 2008 until July 2012. He spoke about “Secularism and Depersonalization” and its impact on society and the church. Listen here: … [Read more...]

Fr. Josiah Trenham: Protecting Religious Freedom [AUDIO]

Source: The Voice of Russia - American Edition | Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR)– Some might argue that the founding of the Americas and the keystones of the United States were largely based on three principles: fair taxation, freedom of religion, and property rights. Now, two of those seemingly are under attack in Kansas. This all centers on a bill that purports to defend the rights of business … [Read more...]