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Stunning and Whirling Prayer

  I recently finished Kyriacos Markides’ enchanting memoir, The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality. It recounts his experiences visiting Mount Athos, that heavenly vestibule in Greece, home to twenty Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Mount Athos is famous for its otherworldly sanctity and has become a popular pilgrimage site. Markides’ book is mysterious, full of enigmatic stories that pleasantly … Continue reading

30-Second Book Reviews (10/10)

Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality: New Paths to Understanding Fr. Louis Cameli   When it comes to homosexuality, the Church’s basic teachings are clear. She condemns same-sex activity while considering same-sex attraction disordered, though not objectively sinful. Within those two bounds, however, lies a lot of gray area. Fr. Louis Cameli is a renowned pastoral leader and priest in the Archdiocese … Continue reading

30-Second Book Reviews (5/23)

The Province of Joy: Praying with Flannery O’ConnorAngela Alaimo O’Donnell Many people consider Flannery O’Conner the best short-story writer of the twentieth century. Her macabre tales of death and dysfunction shake readers out of their comfort zone in order to show them grace in the darkest of circumstances. Her work continues to be praised by religious and secular critics alike. … Continue reading

6 Ways to Create a Portable Monastery

My latest piece at Ignitum Today: I’m a husband. I’m a dad. And I’m confident in my vocation. But that doesn’t mean I’m not drawn to the monastic life. The rhythms of prayer and work, silence and liturgy, study and service beckon like an enchanting voice from another world. I’m sure part of it is the whole “grass is greener … Continue reading

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