The Body as Ritual Space – Fr Maximos Constas on the Mystagogy of St Maximos the Confessor

September 5, 2022 0 Comments

Perhaps you have wondered about the spirituality that forms our life of prayer and action, that is, our whole life, our inner sense and a way of seeing and knowing. You will want to watch this lecture on Saint Maximos’ work and influence in liturgical spirituality. Offered here is a rich presentation for those of us …

Day of Prayer for the Protection of the Environment

September 1, 2022 0 Comments

Today is the Day of Prayer for the Protection of the Environment, a day we praise God for His creation. In 1989, the Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrius instituted a Day of Prayer for the Protection of the Environment, establishing it on September 1. Pope Francis has extended that remembrance to the Catholic Church. In 2016, the …

THE WAY OF THE PILGRIM: Entering Into the Jesus Prayer

August 22, 2022 0 Comments

Do you struggle to follow the Apostle Paul’s exhortation to “pray always”? For most of us living and working in the world, it can be difficult to let our prayer and participation in the liturgy permeate our entire lives and transform our hearts. God invites us to persevere, and He has blessed the Church with …

Do You Live to Please Everyone or God?

August 17, 2022 0 Comments

Do you live to please everyone or God? Do we want to be popular and relevant and sacrifice what is true and beautiful? Do we want to have a real Catholic faith? Whose logic do we follow, people (society) or God’s? Here is the homily for Sunday, August 14, 2022, by Father François Beyrouti, pastor …

Faith and Doubt

August 7, 2022 0 Comments

 

How well do you know Lebanon?

August 4, 2022 0 Comments

Lebanon. Are you aware of its place in the world today? In Connecticut we have three Maronite Catholic parishes. Several members of our parish of Saint Ann are Maronites. AND over many, many, many years the Melkites and Maronites have had a wonderful relationship in faith, friendship and culture. Recently, the bishop of the Maronite …

Listening keeps our perspective: God’s Word, our expectations

August 2, 2022 0 Comments

“No longer shall the dominion of death be able to hold humanity, for Christ went down shattering and destroying its powers” (Kontakion) In his homily for last Sunday, July 31, 2022, Father François Beyrouti, Ph.D./D.Th., pastor of Holy Cross Melkite Church, entitled his remarks, “Contrast God’s Word With Your Expectations.” We served the Liturgy for …