Friday, November 26, 2010


Just a reminder: it is spelled "eucharist" in Greek.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A new document on Scripture

from the Vatican. The best part is that the pdf, mirabile dictu, is actually typeset rather well, in sharp contrast to most Vatican stuff.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The thing about restarting my blogging:

I need to write even when I don't have too much to say. So, this is a somewhat random post of things I am thinking about:

  1. The Kindle is very nice. I love the screen, and it is quite convenient to carry along The Lord of the Rings, the complete Summa Theologiae, the Bible, the Menaion, and about eight or nine Chesterton books, all in one small package. I highly recommend it.

  2. Homeschooling is hard, but wonderful. Is "wonderhard" a word?

  3. People shouldn't reveal changes of religion on Facebook.

  4. The Melkites publish wonderful books. I have their Horologion, original version, which is laid out beautifully. Lots of publishers don't understand typography, but Sophia Press does. I have just ordered the new version of the Horologion, and can't wait to get it.

That should do it. Perhaps I'll have something more substantial to say later.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

I spent five hours in church today

We started with Matins at 9am, with four cantors singing four-part harmony. The Divine Liturgy started at 10am, and ran until 11:30. Then I directed the choir until 1pm, and gave a private lesson until 2pm.

Just an ordinary Sunday!

Friday, November 05, 2010

I have reached a Conclusion:

Indian food is the best cuisine in the world. One can understand why Europeans made so many efforts to find an easy route to India.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Remember, vote today!

Or you shouldn't complain. I think people underestimate the importance of querulosness as a motive for political activity.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Spiritual discernment? Or just restlessness?

Having recently lost two friends from my parish to another church, I can't help but wondering whether the attempt to pray, to determine what God is calling you to do, might not hide within it a great danger, the seduction of wanting God to call you away from where you are.

Let me give an example. Say I am an ordinary believer in a church. To go about the ordinary business of being a Christian is often very dry, requiring one to maintain faith even when it doesn't seem as if there are any concrete results. This is the usual state of life for most of us. But when confronted with the slow martyrdom of an ordinary life, we get bored. We lose heart. Here is where the temptation comes: What if God is calling me to change? To find a better church? Now I become important, someone who matters. Maybe God is not calling me to change, but to endure. But enduring is boring! It is seductive to consider oneself part of a grand plan that will bear visible earthly results.

The still small voice of God might be saying "Stay right where you are."


Just a test.

Will I post again?

I will, I will!

Now, if I could only get rid of all of the weird spam in the comments. . .

Friday, April 09, 2010

All that rises must converge.

I'm writing a paper for a conference on St. Edith Stein at Steubenville, and I think I have discovered a unique aspect of her theology, something that she arrives at on her own. Then I find that the Orthodox theologian Vladimir Lossky says much the same thing, drawing on St. Gregory of Nyssa, whom I have no evidence that Stein read.

But they all agree on the very unknowability of any human person as being a way in which humans are in the image and likeness of God. Perhaps a difference could be in the centrality of this aspect.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Cicero on the liberal arts

Nam ceterae neque temporum sunt neque aetatum omnium neque locorum: haec studia adolescentiam acuunt, senectutem oblectant, secundas res ornant, adversis perfugium ac solacium praebent, delectant domi, non impediunt foris, pernoctant nobiscum, peregrinantur, rusticantur.

Other pursuits are not of all times, ages, or places. This pursuit sharpens adolescence, delights old age, adorns favorable things, supplies refuge and solace to unfavorable things, pleases at home, doesn't hurt away from home, and watches with us through the night, journeys with us, and relaxes in the country with us.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Got Pharr's Aeneid

Much fun will be had. I've been working hard on the Latinum Podcast, and the constant practice with oral Latin is really helping. Things that I knew analytically in my previous Latin work are becoming second nature, almost fluent. What a good use for an ipod!