Archive for March, 2011

Raging Bull

Posted in Meditative on March 27, 2011 by readerjohn

The Dynamis meditation from St. George Cathedral in Witchita this morning struck home with me.

The text was the Gospel for today’s Liturgy, Mark 8:34-9:1, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

What I find in this undertaking is self-will, my rebellious soul that wants its own way.  My inner life is akin to a 2,500 pound Spanish fighting bull, and no one is about to ride such a ‘self’ or to lead it …
My cross is to embrace with the love of the Lord Jesus all whosurround me in life.  Most especially my cross is those who ‘wave red flags’ to provoke the ‘fighting bull’ in me.  God brings into our lives those who aggravate, irritate and inflame our passions to provide opportunities for suffering love.  We do not need to seek in strange places for suffering.  He gives them in the accidents of our residence, financial agreements, social contacts, professional relationships, spiritual fellowships and parish life.
The Lord Jesus shapes each cross to develop the commitment of those He loves, so that they will die to their desires and exhibit His will through words and deeds ….

A few added thoughts:

  • Who waves red flags at your “raging bull”?
  • What would “suffering love” look like with them?
  • Will the world scorn us as “enablers” for our “suffering love”?
  • Is the world’s scorn itself a red flag?

Diocesan News in the Wake of Metropolitan Nicholas’ Repose

Posted in News on March 17, 2011 by readerjohn

A reflection on Metroplitan Nicholas’ last days appears at the Diocesan website.

His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, informed the Diocesan Chancery, on Tuesday, I believe, that  His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios was appointed Locum Tenens for the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, effective  immediately. In other words, His Eminence is effectively our Bishop until a new Bishop is chosen, and will be commemorated as such in our litanies and otherwise.

Pray for our reposed Metropolitan, but also for the Diocese in this time of transition.

Akathist to the Theotokos Cancelled Friday March 18

Posted in Church Schedule Change on March 16, 2011 by readerjohn

Due to Father Gregory’s absence for the Funeral of Metropolitan Nicholas, the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos has been cancelled for Friday March 18.

Preparing for a wonderful family Lent

Posted in Meditative on March 14, 2011 by readerjohn

I’m posting this somewhat belatedly (compared to when it was brought to my attention), but a former member of St. Alexis parish, Dr. Philip Mamalakis, published some suggestions a few years ago on how your family can enjoy the Lenten feast (PDF file).

That’s right. Philip, a professional marriage and family counselor, considers Lent an opportunity to feast on things that strengthen our souls.

Of course, part of the Lenten journey is intensified prayer. Here is a link to another PDF of the Septuagint Psalter, arranged in Kathismas as they are read liturgically. Perhaps you’d like to add a Kathisma of the Psalter to your daily rule of prayer.

Memory Eternal!

Posted in Church Schedule Change with tags on March 14, 2011 by readerjohn

Our Bishop, Metropolitan Nicholas, reposed in the Lord at 3 pm, Sunday March 13, 2011. Eternal be his memory!

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers will be replaced by a Panikhida.