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New Evangelization, Benedict Option and Table Talk

Benedict_Square.jpgFeast of St. Innocent, Enlightener of Siberia and Alaska

ON THIS Final Friday, Scott Spradlin will be presenting a Table Talk on "Mindfulness & Orthodox Spirituality in a Digital Age." Doors open at The Ladder at 7:15 and Table Talk begins at 7:30. Click here for more details.

I'm hitting the road this morning to peddle Eighth Day Books and promote Eighth Day Institute at the sixth annual Symposium... Continue Reading


Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

Feast of St Mark, Bishop of Arethusa
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels As Eyewitness Testimony by Richard Bauckham

Christ_Teaching_Square.jpegTHE ROLE of eyewitnesses in transmitting true information about Jesus and his ministry is affirmed in many crucial passages of the New Testament, epitomized in the First Epistle of John: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have... Continue Reading


St Cyril of Alexandria: Are You Earnest in Following God's Will?

Feast of Martyr Cyril the Deacon and Those with him

Cyril_Alexandria_Square.jpgWHAT THEN is the object of the parable? Let us examine the occasion which led to it; for so we shall learn the truth. The blessed Luke therefore had himself said a little before of Christ the Savior of us all, “And all the publicans and sinners drew near unto Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and Scribes murmured... Continue Reading


God: The Prodigal Father (Lk. 15:11-32)

Feast of St Hilarion the New

rembrandt_prodigal_son_Square.jpgGOD IS dead, and we have killed him,” cried the Madman in Neitzche’s The Gay Science. The Darwinian century (the 19th) offered a way out from under the nagging worry that there just might be a God, and perhaps, contrary to the devil’s promise to Adam, men might not really be gods after all, technology notwithstanding. Darwin painted a picture of an utterly mechanistic... Continue Reading


Eriugena: Are You God-Seeing Like St. John the Theologian?

Feast of St. Patrick

Eriugena_Square.jpegTHE VOICE of the spiritual eagle strikes in the hearing of the church. May our outer senses grasp its transient sounds and our inner spirit penetrate its enduring meaning.

This is the voice of the bird of high flight – not of the bird who soars above the material air or over the aether, orbiting the entire sensible world – but the voice of that spiritual... Continue Reading


The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks

Feast of St. Patrick
The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks translated by Benedicta Ward

Ward_desert_frs_square.jpgTHIS TRANSLATION of the Vitae Patrum has it all: comical stories, thwarted demons, sagacious aphorisms, and hard truths. Open the book at random and you’ll find a pearl some fourth century monk sold all for and spent a lifetime seeking. Take Bessarion, who on his deathbed said, “A monk ought to be... Continue Reading


St Patrick the Monk: Byzantine Influence on Celtic Monasticism

Feast of St. Patrick

Patrick_square_2.jpegWHEN I pulled out my copy of St. Patrick’s works (Ancient Christian Writers by Paulist Press, available at Eighth Day Books) to begin preparing for this evening’s Feast of St. Patrick, I found an assignment I wrote back in 1998 for Dr. Anthony Gythiel’s class on the Middle Ages. In each class that he taught, he required students to read three books and to write a... Continue Reading


Register for the 9th Annual Feast of St Patrick

Feast of the Martyr Hesychius and St Nicholas Planas

eriugena_tall.jpgREGISTRATION is now open for our 9th annual Feast of St. Patrick on Friday, March 17.

Join us for a pre-feast beer tasting with Aero Plains Brewing at 5 pm.

Then join us for the feast with doors opening at 6:30.

Fish and chips will be served at 7 pm and then we'll have a short lecture on John Scotus... Continue Reading


On the Road with Eighth Day Books

Feast of the Martyr Eudocia

PreClimacus.JPGI'VE BEEN on the road for a week now with Warren Farha, proprietor of Eighth Day Books.

We traveled to Louisville, KY to peddle our wares (EDB and EDI) at the Climacus Conference. The theme was "Encountering God" and they had great speakers (Fr. Moses Berry, Dr. David Bradshaw, Fr. Stephen Freeman, and Jonathan Pageau), poetry readings by Richard Pierce, and a sneak preview film... Continue Reading


Where Is Our Ezekiel? Pastor & People as Watchmen

Feast of St Procopius the Confessor and St Raphael of Brooklyn

Ezekiel_Square.jpgJUST AS the Q & A began at the close of the seventh annual Eighth Day Institute Symposium, it struck me that not once had Ezekiel’s name been mentioned. An ecumenical gathering of Christians, centered on the theme, Where Are the Watchmen? Theology in the Public Square, and not once does the prophet—explicitly called to be a “watchman” (Ez.... Continue Reading