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First Post from the Director's Desk

This is the first post from the Directors Desk

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Abba Anthony, Give Us a Word

Feast of the Ascension

Paul-and-Timothy-icon_zps240b47d4.jpgTHERE WAS a time in my life when I did not think favorably of the desert fathers. They seemed to do little more than promote a “way out” of the world, fleeing the controversial new establishment of Constantine’s Christendom. Such a response could only have come from pride or fear, neither of which were anything like Christ. Did they forget how and when God chose to... Continue Reading


St Vincent of Lerins: Do You Constantly Read the Holy Fathers?

Feast of St Vincent of Lerins

Vincent_Lerins_Square_1.jpegI, PEREGRINUS, who am the least of all the servants of God, remembering the admonition of Scripture, “Ask thy fathers and they will tell thee, thine elders and they will declare unto thee” (Deut. 32.7), and again, “Bow down thine ear to the words of the wise” (Prov 22.17), and once more, “My son, forget not these instructions, but let... Continue Reading


Reflecting on Eighth Day Institute: What Is It and Why Does It Exist?

Feast of St Vincent of Lerins

hours_of_prayer_19-17-00.jpgSeveral people have been helping me think through Eighth Day Institute’s vision and mission. I’d also like to know what you think.

I would be deeply grateful if you’d answer the following two questions, preferably in the comments below (if you’d prefer, feel free to email me).

1. What is Eighth Day Institute?

2. Why does Eighth Day Institute exist?

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A Spring Whirlwind

Feast of Our Righteous Father Memnonus the Wonderworker

ORU_with_Hannah_2017_for_NB.jpegTHIS SPRING has been a whirlwind of traveling, teaching, organizing book groups, developing the Hall of Men, creating a plan for consistent content on social media and the EDI website, and a great deal of deep introspection about the mission, the work, and the future of Eighth Day Institute.

In February we launched two new reading groups. The Cappadocian Society is for... Continue Reading


Orthodox Spirituality

Feast of St Euphrasia the Martyr of Nicea and Stephen I, Patriarch of Constantinople
Orthodox Spirituality: A Practical Guide for the Faithful and a Definitive Manual for the Scholar by Fr. Dumitru Staniloae

Staniloae__Orthodox_Spirituality_Cover.jpgSOMETIMES it is best to stand aside and let the author speak for himself: “Orthodox spirituality has as its goal the deification of man and his union with God, without being merged with Him. It has... Continue Reading


Fr Dumitru Staniloae: Are You Working Toward Your Destiny to Have a Share of Eternity?

Feast of the Holy Martyrs Peter, Dionysius, Andrew, Paul, Christina, Heraclius, Paulinus and Benedimus

Staniloae_Square_4.jpegDIVINE REVELATION tells us of a world of incorporeal spirits who are found to be in solidarity with men and with the sensible world. With respect to the moment when the world of spirits was created, Holy Scripture contains only one reference. This is found in Job and treats that moment as anterior to the creation... Continue Reading


The Mystic Dimension of Marvel Movies, Part III of III: A Reflection on Christian Cosmology and Cosmography

Feast of St Julian the Martyr

Click Here to Read Part I

Click Here to Read Part II

Marvel_Square_3.jpegIN THE FACE of such a broad cosmos, full of so many different kinds of beings with any number of attitudes towards us, all of them dangerous in their own right, one indeed desires to ask with the Psalmist, “what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man... Continue Reading


St Maximus the Confessor: Are You Paying All the Attention You Can to Your Soul?

Feast of St Sergios the Confessor

Maximus_Square_4.jpegIF ANYONE wishes his life and mind to be filled with the love of God and to be pleasing to Him, let him respect the better and more noble attributes of these three: the world, the Scriptures, and man as we know him. Let him pay all the attention he can to his soul, for it is immortal, and sacred, and virtues will make... Continue Reading


The Mystic Dimension of Marvel Movies, Part II of III: A Reflection on Christian Cosmology and Cosmography

Feast of St Germanus, Archbishop of Constantinople

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Marvel_Square_2.jpegTHE CONTEMPORARY failure of many Christian traditions to engage in theological cosmology—possibly in large part due to the significant advances in scientific knowledge of the universe, which has presented challenges, though not necessary ultimatums, for faithful readers of Scripture who seek to embrace its worldview—has led to some misfortunes in on-the-ground cosmologies. We no longer make... Continue Reading