Concepts create idols; only wonder grasps anything. - St Gregory of Nyssa

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


A thoughtful and insightful article from Pravmir, by Archpriest Stephen Freeman.

Several years back I stumbled on a book about the sin of envy. I was struck by what I read and realized that I had never heard a sermon on the topic (nor preached one). Though a number of the Fathers cite envy as the first and greatest sin, it never seemed to come up as a spiritual topic. I also realized that it was almost never mentioned in confession. A strange sin – perhaps the greatest and yet held in secret.

Over the course of the last year, a number of things have introduced me to the topic of shame. I have explored its role in my own life and become far more aware of its almost ubiquitous presence in our culture. It is recorded as the first human response to sin – they hid themselves. However, I again noted that I had rarely heard the subject discussed and did not find it to be a topic that arose in confession. A strange emotion – perhaps the oldest human emotion – universal – and almost never discussed.

As they say, read the whole thing.
I wonder how many sins are rooted in shame? "The sins of the father is visited upon the sons..."

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chick of the Week

via chelmsford agway farmersmarket

Play dead

“I am too lazy to jump into the back of the car”

Tucker is 1 year old and uses the technique of playing dead whenever he doesn’t want to do something. Even though he can jump up into the low Prius, he refuses to do it voluntarily and prefers to place his front paws up and then have his rear paws lifted up. When I don’t cooperate he plays dead and poor poodle Scarlett has to wait impatiently while I try to move him from his passive protest position.”

from Dog Shaming.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Break the boundaries

embroidery on magnolia leaf and cicada exoskeleton

Amazing embroidery I found on Pinterest.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wolves in Yellowstone

Basic principles of "permaculture" elegantly , and remarkably, exhibited when the wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Mount Athos

"The depth of their devotion defies description."

I had never seen this 60 Minutes segment about Mount Athos. I discovered it in a comment on Fr Stephen Freeman's blog, Glory to God for All Things.

"We didn't understand the words; we really didn't have to."

Watch part 1:

"Kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison..."

Watch part 2:

" Holiness seemed to seep from the very stones."

"What I am talking about is the art of salvation."

"The first thing a monk does is embrace and love death."