September 22, 2019

Elissa Bjeletich: Contemplating the Incarnation

As we think this week about the incarnate Christ, here is a thought-provoking excerpt from an article by Elissa Bjeletich: Contemplating the Incarnation: Pilgrimage and Sunday of Orthodoxy • • • This is where it happened. When I thought of the Incarnation, I have always thought about how God took on flesh. He could not […]

Fr. Freeman on the Two-Storey vs. the One-Storey Universe

Christians must live in a way and learn a manner of understanding that allows the reintegration of the world. • Fr. Stephen Freeman • • • Many of my earliest religious memories are connected with funerals. I came from a large extended family, all of whom lived in the same county. It was inevitable that […]

Fr. Stephen Freeman: On Praying for Everyone (in heaven and hell!)

Fr. Stephen Freeman: On Praying for Everyone (in heaven and hell!) At his fine blog, Glory to God for All Things, Fr. Freeman makes some important remarks to those of us who are of Protestant or Catholic faith on matters related to the afterlife. The topics of heaven, hell, purgatory, hades, life-after-death, the judgment, etc., […]

Quotable Quotes: Cherry Picking

In my last Quotable Quote: Women in the Church, I included the following quotation: “God maintained the order of each sex by dividing the business of life into two parts, and assigned the more beneficial and necessary aspects to the man, and the less important, inferior matter to the women” – Chrysostom (4th and 5th […]

Holy Saturday: Today Hades Groans

Holy Saturday Today Hades tearfully sighs: “Would that I had not received him who was born of Mary, for he came to me and destroyed my power; he broke my bronze gates, and being God, delivered the souls I had been holding captive.” O Lord, glory to your cross and to your holy resurrection! Today […]

Fr. Stephen Freeman: Saving My Neighbor — Just How Connected Are We?

Saving My Neighbor — Just How Connected Are We? By Father Stephen Freeman If you are in the “helping professions,” confronting problems in people’s lives, it doesn’t take long to realize that no one is purely and simply an individual. The problems we suffer may occasionally appear to be “of our own making,” but that […]

Fr. Ernesto on tradition and old habits

Note from CM: We have often suggested that one of the most fundamental problems in American Christianity, revivalist groups in particular, is lack of appreciation for tradition. Especially the “Great Tradition” of the ancient and historic church. Of course, there is another side to all of this. Those who respect “tradition” can easily fall into […]

Epiphany IV: God, everywhere present, filling all things

Epiphany IV God, everywhere present, filling all things Today, words from Fr. Stephen Freeman on the “one-storey universe.” That is, he is talking, from an Orthodox perspective, about the sacramental nature of reality. As the Apostle Paul said in Athens: The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of […]

Fr. Stephen Freeman: An Important Conversation – How Should We Think About the Bible as History?

An Important Conversation – How Should We Think About the Bible as History? by Fr. Stephen Freeman Fr. Freeman blogs at Glory to God for All Things • • • A recent conversation on the blog seemed worth a full article. The question centered around the problem of the historical character of the Biblical record. […]

Fr. Ernesto: Oikonomía, a better way to pastor

Note from CM: Today we welcome a longtime friend of Internet Monk, Father Ernesto, who shares with us how we might learn from ancient Orthodox tradition to help people with better pastoral care. Pastors, ministers, priests, and chaplains, I’d especially love to hear from you today, but I think it will also be important to […]