Simplicity and Self-Sacrifice: Lessons from the Desert Fathers (Part 3 of 3)

In the intervening years between the time of the Desert Fathers (4th and 5th century C.E.) and today (21st century C.E.), many people have sought to incorporate the concepts promoted by the humble men and women of the desert. St. Augustine (354-430 C.E.), a notable materialistic playboy before his conversion to Christianity, was especially taken … Continue reading Simplicity and Self-Sacrifice: Lessons from the Desert Fathers (Part 3 of 3)

Simplicity and Self-Sacrifice: Lessons from the Desert Fathers (Part 2 of 3)

St. Anthony, the most famous of the Desert Fathers, was reported by St. Athanasius as teaching his follow sojourners not to pursue nor yearn for earthly possessions. Rather, followers of Jesus were to pursue “prudence, justice, temperance, courage, understanding, love, concern for the poor, faith in Christ, freedom from anger,” and “hospitality.” [1] These are … Continue reading Simplicity and Self-Sacrifice: Lessons from the Desert Fathers (Part 2 of 3)

Simplicity and Self-Sacrifice: Lessons from the Desert Fathers (Part 1 of 3)

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput recently remarked that “Americans have never liked history” since the “past comes with obligations on the present, and the most cherished illusion of American life is that we can remake ourselves at will.”[1] This self-imposed historical amnesia causes the church to have an unhealthy “egocentric obsession with the present.”[2] Christianity, however, … Continue reading Simplicity and Self-Sacrifice: Lessons from the Desert Fathers (Part 1 of 3)

“The Desert Fathers” translated by Helen Waddell

Translated by Helen Waddell, the book The Desert Fathers is collection of ancient manuscripts from the fourth and fifth century CE. It includes works by St. Jerome (The Life of St. Paul the First Hermit), Ambrose of Camaldolt (The Pratum Spirituale of John Moschus), James the Deacon (The Life of St. Pelagia the Herlot), and … Continue reading “The Desert Fathers” translated by Helen Waddell

“The Orthodox Way” by Bishop Kallistos Ware

I was first introduced to Kallistos Ware’s book The Orthodox Way on September 2, 2006 when it was given to me after a chance meeting with an Eastern Orthodox priest. This priest, whose name I do not know, gave me five books about the Eastern Orthodox Church after briefly taking to me in a hotel … Continue reading “The Orthodox Way” by Bishop Kallistos Ware

Why I call myself a Christian Mystic

I know it is risking as the term “mystic” is seen in a negative light by a lot of folks within the American Christian culture. Yet when I wrote the biography for my upcoming book, I called myself a “Christian mystic.” Why did I do that? I did it because I think we need more … Continue reading Why I call myself a Christian Mystic

The Spiritual Battle Behind Simple Living

For the past 13 years I have worked in an office where the majority of my coworkers regular go out to eat each and every day. Fancy to-go boxes fill the breakroom refrigerator while I carry around an old lunch box cast aside by my son with a simple sandwich or last night’s leftovers inside…. … Continue reading The Spiritual Battle Behind Simple Living

SSU Reading List For This Fall

I recently received the reading list for this fall’s classes at St. Stephen’s University – and I must say I am very, very excited! Most of the books are ones that I have not read before – and better still – they are ones that have been on my must-read-one-day list.  Life is good!  😀 … Continue reading SSU Reading List For This Fall