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At a Memorial Liturgy

Coming in to Pentecost Weekend, my Parish’s Feastday, I was painfully aware of sins. I don’t know if this was the normal “awareness” that we talk about as desirable, but it was very oppressive. Saturday Morning I couldn’t get my mind off of it. In addition to any sexual sins I have to confess – […]

The American Redefinition of French Marriage (3 of 3)

In the first couple of posts I pointed out that Marriage was previously a financial institution that the CHurch decided to make use of. St Paul subverted this cultural tradition by urging the couple trapped in this financial bind to grow love towards each other in spite of the situation. In the 12 Century, French […]

The French Redefinition of Christian Marriage (2 of 3)

In the previous post we saw that Christian teaching caused an evolution in Roman and Jewish understandings of the purpose of marriage: it becomes a tool for their salvation. In the West vows are made and the purposes of marriage are enumerated in the traditional ceremony. The vows are clearly a financial transaction – in […]

The Sacredness of the Body

In today’s sermon (for St Thomas Sunday) Fr John drove home the doctrinal fact that Orthodoxy celebrates, today, the sacredness of the Human Body. It was not enough for Jesus to be a ghost, that rose from the dead, or, as the modern ironic and irreverent and blasphemous people say, “Zombie Jesus.” Jesus had to […]

Let us Embrace Each Other

Lent starts for the Orthodox churches on Monday this week. Sunday night we start with the service known as “Forgiveness Vespers”. At the end of the service each person – clergy and laity, from most elder to the youngest child – going around in a big circle around the inside of the church, makes a […]

My Inner Bully

I have to find my inner bully and put him to rest. As much as my personal sex issues seem to drive readership, I think I need to figure out what makes it possible for me to just snap, anger-wise, usually at people who don’t deserve the full thrust of my personal demons. While we […]

Huw Richardson wroted this on March 10th, 2013

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Choosing what to do (Pt 4)

Consider a less-passive form of the Serenity Prayer. Life appears to be divided into two kinds of events or, if youyou will, two sorts of points along the space-time continuum. There are points or events that we choose, and there are points or events that happen to us. Wisdom seems to be invested in, first, […]

Huw Richardson wroted this on March 3rd, 2013

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The Pornographic Eye (Pt 3)

Right after 9/11 I began hoarding photographs of the Twin Towers off the internet: hundreds of megabytes of images in a folder called “Stuff”. I had no idea what it was for, mind you: when I finally threw out the folder into my trash, I did so without thinking… sometime in 2006. But I fixated […]

Huw Richardson wroted this on February 27th, 2013

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With Creeping Age (Pt 2)

I’ve been thinking a lot – never a good thing, I think – and I’ve realized I’m old. Not “really” old, you know, but older. I’m nearly 50 – will be in a couple of years. I’m saving up, in fact, for a trip to Rome on my 50th Birthday. Bringing the boys with me, […]

Huw Richardson wroted this on February 27th, 2013

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Listening to our Passions (Pt 1)

I like watching patterns and then commenting on them. One pattern I noticed in sexual relationship is that they flare up and pass into embers. This passing into embers is of great concern to modern culture who seem to want to imagine that the great flare up is normal, is “real love” and that the […]

Huw Richardson wroted this on February 24th, 2013

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