Mother of the Wisest Thoughts

“When the door of the steam baths is continually left open, the heat inside rapidly escapes through it; likewise the soul, in its desire to say many things dissipates its remembrance of God through the door of speech, even though everything it says may be good. Thereafter the intellect, though lacking appropriate ideas, pours out […]

The Approach of the Unapproachable Light

[The following was presented at the House of St Michael the Archangel Devotional Conference in January of 2014] What is this unforeseen wonder that is happening even now? Does God now wish to be seen by sinners also, He Who long ago ascended on high, and has taken his seat on a throne in his […]

Bowing Before the Father of Glory

[The following was presented at the House of St Michael the Archangel Devotional Conference in January of 2014] Ephesians 1: 17 I  pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the […]

Being an Ascetic in the City

Being an Ascetic in the City “There were…a few who had the strength to rise above the turmoil of the world and to flee from the agitation of cities. Having escaped this turbulence, they embraced the monastic life and reproduced in themselves the pattern of apostolic virtue.” “They ignored the world, being above human passions.” […]

A Sermon on Christian Marriage

[The following was preached at the wedding ceremony of Peter Becker and Julia Paxton on July 27, 2013] Peter and Julia, today your friends and family have gathered from across the country to be with you. We are here as witnesses. We will watch you make marital vows to one another. These vows are the first […]

Potty Training through the Passions

“Once you recognize that the Lord’s judgments “are in all the earth” (1 Chr. 16:14), then everything that happens to you will teach you knowledge of God.” – St. Mark the Ascetic, “No Righteousness by Works,” sentence 66 We are potty training our almost three year old son, Declan, and it’s been all-consuming. My husband […]

Mark the Ascetic on an Ordinary Night

There are acts which appear to be good, but the motive of the person who does them is not good; and there are other acts which appear to be bad, while the move of the doer is good. – Mark the Ascetic, On the Spiritual Law, Sentence 35 Concern yourself with your own sins and […]

The Cost of the Holy Spirit

[The following was presented at the House of St Michael the Archangel Devotional Conference in January of 2013] If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept […]

Becoming a Saint

[The following was presented at the House of St Michael the Archangel Devotional Conference in January of 2013] This Conference: Symeon the New Theologian and the Holy Spirit In addition to saying welcome, and that I am glad that each of you are here, I would also like to pose a few questions for us […]

Choosing Wheat or Tares

“Just as it is impossible to stop a watermill from turning, although the miller has power to choose between grinding either wheat or tares, so it is impossible to stop our mind, which is ever-moving, from having thoughts, although it is within our power to feed it either with spiritual meditation or with worldly concerns.” […]