Sunday of the Paralytic

April 23, 2021 0 Comments

We are moving toward the great feast Pentecost. You can feel the dramatic intensity of the praying Church getting ready for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In preparation for receiving the Holy Spirit the Church gives us this weekend the gift of the Sunday of the Paralytic. Resources from God With Us Online …

Can Palamism and Thomism be Reconciled?

March 18, 2021 0 Comments

On the Second Sunday of Great Lent the Melkite Church we honor the Holy Relics and liturgically commemorate Saint Gregory Palamas. This presentation is really a conversation between a Catholic apologist Matt Fradd and Dominican friar currently working on his doctorate in Rome, Father Peter Totleben, O.P. Father Peter has a keen interest in Eastern …

Experiencing Deification in Lent

March 18, 2021 0 Comments

The Sheptytsky Institute in Toronto does some marvelous things to push back the boundaries of ignorance. Recently, the Institute hosted a conversation entitled, “The Experience of Deification in the Lenten Liturgies” with Fr. Khaled Anatolios, University of Notre Dame and the Institute’s executive director, Fr. Alexander Laschuk. Eastern Christians typically speak of salvation as deification. …

When the Jesus Prayer confronts us

February 7, 2021 0 Comments

WHEN THE JESUS PRAYER CONFRONTS GROWLS DURING AN AFTERNOON WALK As I was out for my daily power walk at sunset, I decided to listen to a YouTube channel of the Jesus Prayer repeated 1,000 times in a whispering voice. The soothing prayer gave me a sense of deep peace and connectedness with God. I …

Meat Fare Sunday 2021

February 5, 2021 0 Comments

Let us therefore cast off every destructive madness so that we may gain the goods which have been promised to us in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Father and the Holy Spirit. St. John Chrysostom, On Fasting Meatfare Sunday (February 7, 2021) begins our more serious preparation for Great Lent. Instead …

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

January 29, 2021 0 Comments

Let us too return to our Father’s house, my brothers, and do not become captivated with desire for this transient earth —for your true city is in Eden. St. Ephrem the Syrian, Hymns on Paradise 14.7 Here is your link for the liturgical, biblical and catechetical resources for the Sunday of Prodigal Son from God …

Jesus Prayer

January 24, 2021 0 Comments

The Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican is a fitting day to familiarize us with the venerable Jesus Prayer. The Jesus Prayer Alice Herro Prayer, essential to Christian life, is one way we may communicate with God. It is the means by which we experience Jesus. Liturgical prayers conclude with the phrase, “through Jesus …