Sunday of the Last Judgement

I remember the piles of stuff.  It was summer and everything was ahead of us, a move to Madison, a new parish, and a new life four hours over the eastern horizon. There was so much to do, so much to learn, so much to get ready.  And there was also all kinds of stuff.  … [Read more…]

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

There are days when you think about what you could’ve done, what you should’ve done, the chances you missed, and how everything got so messy so quickly.  That’s shame for you. I’m not speaking about the kind of shame people put on you to manipulate, coerce, or control. There’s a different kind, the real stuff … [Read more…]

Sunday of Forgiveness-Cheesefare

Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheesefare) From the book “Great Lent” by Fr. Alexander Schmemann: Finally comes the last day, usually called “Forgiveness Sunday”, but whose other liturgical name must also be remembered: the “Expulsion of Adam from the Paradise of Bliss”. This name summarizes indeed the entire preparation for Lent. By now we know thatman was created for paradise, for … [Read more…]

Sunday of the Last Judgment-Meatfare

From the book, “Thoughts for Each Day of the Year”, St. Theophan the Recluse: Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare) Matt. 25: 31 – 46 The Dread Judgment! The Judge comes in the clouds, surrounded by a countless multitude of bodiless heavenly powers. Trumpets sound to all the ends of the earth and raise up the … [Read more…]

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Sunday of the Prodigal Son Luke 15:11-32 The Sunday of the Prodigal Son says so much to us! It speaks about our peace and abundance in the house of the Heavenly Father, about our mad departure from the Father’s guardianship to unbridled freedom, about the richness of the heritage given us despite our disobedience, about … [Read more…]