"Why should we need extra time in which to enjoy ourselves? If we expect to enjoy our life, we will have to learn to be joyful in all of it, not just at stated intervals when we can get time or when we have nothing else to do. It may well be that it is … Continue reading Enjoying Life
Our garden is doing well, but was a late starter. Friends have spontaneously filled in the gaps:
(Seen on Ad Orentem) This is hilarious: As the Apostle Paul describes in Thessalonians as quoted above, at some point in the future Jesus will come in the air, catch up the Church from the earth, and then return to heaven with the Church. This is known as the Rapture and it will be glorious. … Continue reading But who will take care of Fluffy?
(note: some of these are pre-ordination to explain lack of cassock.)
Our home parish, St. Symeon the New Theologian in Birmingham, Alabama, has a phenomenal choir. There is only one video available (that I'm aware of) and it is of limited quality, but you can still get the idea. This is only a portion of the choir singing at the 17th Annual Ancient Christianity and Afro-American … Continue reading St. Symeon’s Choir
I watched this a few years ago. People were passing it from one family to the next. I never knew whose video it was originally. Watching an entire movie in subtitles doesn't sound too attractive, but it is an unforgetable experience. Watch it if you can. Buy it, borrow it. You won't regret it.
From "Spiritual Awakening - Spiritual Counsels II" by Elder Paisios: -Geronda, how am I to feel martyrdom and monastic asceticism? -For you to understand a little of what martyrdom means, be prepared to accept even contempt with joy. And if you want to feel a little what asceticism is, since you cannot fast … Continue reading Martyrdom by Asceticism
We are only a family of seven but we still get some looks when we go out. There are the familiar comments: Are they all yours? You must have your hands full. and the despicable... Don't you know what causes that? (Is there really any polite response to that? I mean, "No! Tell me!" wouldn't … Continue reading Large Family or Sheer Insanity?
Well, it's been a while since the last update. The garden sure does look different! The two weeks of rain we had gave it a giant boost. First Fruits: The okra are baby-stepping along... This is hilarious, but I had to put the bush beans up on tomato cages last night. They were sneaking into … Continue reading Garden Update
You hear a cry from the other room: "Mommy! I see a bug!!" Do you: a) Scream loudly and run for the hills. b) Capture the bug in a bug house, study the antennae with a magnifying glass, point out the difference between spiders and insects and look it up in your Guide to Insects … Continue reading Multiple Choice