Archives for October 2012

A Holy Selfishness: On Using Evagrios to Read Evagrios and Why I’m Not Called to be a Solitary

The Fathers of the Philokalia and I have not been the best of friends. You may recall my incessant – nigh panicked — questions the last time we read these texts about how I was supposed to incorporate intense fasting and vigil keeping and extreme poverty into my already exhausting life as a nursing assistant. […]

If You Have Friends . . .

“If you have friends, avoid constant meetings with them. For if you meet only on rare occasions, you will be of more help to them. And if you find that harm comes through meeting them, do not see them at all.  The friends that you do have should be of benefit to you and contribute […]

Doxology: A Reflection on the Book of Revelation

The Book of Revelation opens, “The revelation of Jesus Christ.” From the outset the book claims, straightforwardly enough, to be about the revelation of Jesus Christ. And as a revelation it involves the “re-veiling” or removal of a veil, the uncovering of veiled or hidden things. The revelation of Jesus Christ is his unveiling. It […]