We're home now. On the way back we turned on NPR at 5:00 to listen to All Things Considered. That's when we heard the horrible news of what transpired in CT today. I don't even want to know more details. I can't possibly comprehend the agony so many people are suffering right now. Lord have … Continue reading Lord have mercy!!
To many people the monk seems remote and unsociable. It seems that he is concerned only with his own soul and that he offers nothing to the Church or to the world. That is not the case. If the church has been preserved for so many years, this is due to monasticism. The person who … Continue reading How do monastics help the Church?
Although I celebrate the feast of my patron, St. Anna, on July 25th (the feast of her falling asleep) I joke that I take all the feast days I can get! Last night at Vespers I found the "Lord I call..." verses for the feast especially beautiful so I copied them below (courtesy OCA website). … Continue reading Conception of the Theotokos by St. Anna
...but fall into the same sin again: This is proof that one has not put away the prime cause of that sin, so that from it as from a root the same growth comes again necessarily. So one who wishes to be cleansed of sins that grow out of others should remove the first causes … Continue reading If you repent…
Why do so many of my adventures involve cats? We narrowly avoided acquiring a fourth cat Wednesday night. However narrow it was, we did manage to avoid it. But only because the cat wouldn't come. I was getting tucked into bed to read (ahhh...) when Father said, "I hear a cat. I think it's trying … Continue reading Middle of the Night Adventure
Joyous Feastday!!! Traditional Hymn to Saint Nicholas O who loves Nicholas the Saintly, O who serves Nicholas the Saintly. Him will Nicholas receive, and give help in time of need. Holy Father Nicholas. O who dwells in God's holy mansions; Is our help on the land and oceans. He will guard us from all ills, … Continue reading St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra and Lycia
Here on this earth people should strive to reject the suggestions of the spirits of evil. The Holy Fathers tell us always to be vigilant and to be aware that any thought that disturbs our inner peace comes directly from hades, and that we must not accept such a thought but reject it immediately. If … Continue reading "Having Tea with the Devil"
Small Crocheted Ball Materials: Fingering yarn Size D or E crochet hook Yarn needle Something for stuffing (literally anything - I used scraps of an old washcloth) Start with a magic circle row 1: ch 1, 4 sc in circle, join with sl (5sc) row 2: turn, ch 1, 2 sc in each st, join … Continue reading Free Pattern for Small Crocheted Ball
Pattern for small ball (and indeed, any other) can be found here. Inspired by this and this.
Christ Heals the Bent Woman (source) Certain angels first failed to preserve their dignity and later, as a result of the envy of these fallen angels, our forebears Adam and Eve also fell. This very same trait, envy, has put down its roots in us, too. Envy stops at nothing and shouts contradictions in God's … Continue reading Envy