World War I in British Popular Song & Classical Music

Feast of Carpus, Papylus, Agathodorus, & Agathonica, the Martyrs of Pergamus

Royal_Irish_Rifles_ration_party_Somme_July_1916_Square.jpgPOPULAR music during World War I served to rouse the troops, comfort the grieving, and encourage patriotic spirit. Several classical composers served in the British armed forces during the war and their works reflected their experience, as did the works of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and poets like Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, subjects of this... Continue Reading


World on Fire: How the Inklings Responded with Hope and Creativity

Feast of the Holy and Glorious Apostle Thomas 

Mordor_Square_1.jpegTHE TWENTIETH century was the bloodiest century in human history. It was characterized by two world wars, which killed collectively between 70-100 million people, and a cold war which potentially could have killed many more people than the two world wars combined. The members of the Inklings, including J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, lived through all three of these... Continue Reading


Washing at Dark

Feast of St Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury

Rich_with_Flowers_Square_3.jpgSOMEDAY I shall be a great saint—like those you see in the windows of magnificent cathedrals. I will have a soul made of sunlight and skin as clear as the stained glass panels that make their skin, and I will shine like they do now—I will shine with the glory that comes over those who rise up early and seek the... Continue Reading


Telling the Joke

Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

Rich_in_Church_Square.jpegTHE ONLY thing worse than a joke you don’t get is the explanation that is bound to follow: an explanation that, while it may help you see why you should have seen the humor that you so lamely missed, is little likely to make you laugh. It may provoke you to muster a sympathy snicker so as to avoid more of an already... Continue Reading


Anarchists, Biblical Kings, Clerical Clothing & the Color Black

Feast of St Sozon the Martyr

priest-wearing-tab-collar-clergy-shirt_SQUARE.pngOUR LATEST Presidential election cycle, and the subsequent media coverage of President Donald Trump, led me to think more deeply about my political beliefs and principles. I have discussed politics with trusted friends and reflected on my own thoughts more than ever. I want to offer you a powerful quote shared with me by one of my closest friends, Deacon Rico Paul Monge. Deacon... Continue Reading


Christianity: A Reflection on Its Relationship with Judaism, Islam, Paganism & Atheistic Secularism

Feast of St Cyprian of Carthage

Trinity_Square.jpegI'VE BEEN thinking about the way that Christianity relates to other religious traditions ever since I was in Middle School. A topic of perpetual interest for me, I have arrived at the following conclusions. (What follows is largely a summary and expansion of Fr. John Anthony McGuckin’s dense but excellent introduction to Orthodoxy, The Orthodox Church, and his treatment of Orthodoxy’s relationship to other... Continue Reading


To Forgive or Not to Forgive

Feast of St Myron the Martyr of Cyzicus

Extreme_Humility_Square.jpegTHEN PETER came up and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:19-22)

Therefore the Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his... Continue Reading


Cur Deus Homo? The Motive of the Incarnation

Feast of St Euplus the Holy Martyr & Archdeacon of Cantania

Christ_2.jpegI AM THE Alpha and the Omega” (Rev. 1:8). The Christian message was from the very beginning the message of Salvation, and accordingly our Lord was depicted primarily as the Savior, Who has redeemed His people from bondage of sin and corruption. The very fact of the Incarnation was usually interpreted in early Christian theology in the perspective of... Continue Reading


Why Bother with Books?

Feast of St Salome the Holy Myrrhbearer

Front_Cover_Original_Synaxis_Square.jpegI'VE BEEN charged with the task of explaining in some coherent form “why books?”—that is, paper and ink between covers—rather than “books” in some digital format, whether displayed on a conventional computer screen, a “tablet,” Kindle or Nook, iPad or any variety of handheld objects. I think I was given the task because I’ve held forth with friends on many occasions (sometimes after... Continue Reading


The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion

Feast of the Glorious Prophet Elijah

Day_the_Revolution_Began_Square.jpegEVERY SUNDAY morning, Christians across America listen to sermons from the Bible. Those sermons might include a well-known Old Testament story, or a dense passage from one of Paul’s magnificent letters, or a few poetic verses from the Psalms, or a quizzical parable from one of the Gospels. Either way, those sermons are typically from the Bible (as they should be), and, they are... Continue Reading