Pravoslavie: Keeping Christmas by Fr. Stephen Freeman
We keep the feast of Christmas, not by consuming or affirming our place within the world of consumption—we keep the feast by entering more deeply into the life of communion—with God and with others.
Yesterday I remembered when the father of a 6th grade classmate, AJ, came to our class to give a talk about terrorism and Islam -- he was a bit of an apologist, and I don't mean of the Ron Paul sort. I think he was an academic, an "expert" on the Middle East and Islam at a local college/university/think tank. Maybe he was trying to teach us to be more tolerant or understanding of Muslims. Is he still doing the same thing today? (He's probably retired since then.)
Heard about this organization from a friend; it is doing the same work as FOCUS, maybe the St. Augustine Institute. Can't help but make comparisons to Dynamic Catholic and other such organizations. Is there a place for these new forms of mass media and for these organizations that are marketing their ability to train Catholics how to evangelize? Why do they seem so necessary now?
Any inspiration from George Weigel? It is more likely that Weigel is part of the trend, drawing upon from the same papal resources.
Of course his boss is a woman. This is a NBC show, so it may turn out to be worse than the 24 reboot, even if the premise was more promising. (Simultaneously shooting two silenced pistols? Is this a video game?) Looks like our hero will be involved with K and R work rather than counter-terrorism. (How many white villains will the show feature?)
Pravoslavie: How I wound up in the Arizona desert with Elder Ephraim by Olga Rozhneva
"I was standing in these amazing night services and thinking that women can’t go to Mt. Athos, so visiting the Monastery of St. Anthony the Great and the others founded by Elder Ephraim is a unique opportunity for women to feel the spirit of Athos. You’re touched by the prayers of the holy Athonite elder Joseph the Hesychast, through the prayers of his spiritual children who have themselves become great elders. This prayer and love can be felt anywhere on earth, even at a distance of a thousand miles. You pray in your mother tongue, and in some miraculous manner, by the grace of the Holy Spirit Who gave the apostles the gift of speaking in other tongues, the elder, having acquired this grace, understands you."