Reflections in Christ

by Fr. Lawrence Farley

Fr. Lawrence Farley

Learning from Brittany

On Saturday November 1, 2014, Brittany Maynard committed suicide.  She had been diagnosed…

Dealing with Anger

The apostles’ hearts were filled with rage.  The Master was heading toward Jerusalem, and He had sent messengers on ahead to secure lodging for Himself and His…

Do You Know Who You Are?

One of the Church most pressing needs today has nothing to do with money, or with weathering scandal, or with achieving greater importance in…

The Church Richard Dawkins Cannot See

Richard Dawkins is blind.  Spiritually blind.  I say this not to pick on him especially; multitudes of people are spiritually blind.  In one sense…

The Light of Thy Countenance

In the translation provided in our official OCA Divine Liturgy book of the festal material for the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross there…

Mother’s Milk

Father Alexander Schmemann famously said that Christianity is “the end of religion.”  But if Christianity is not a religion, what is it?  In a…

A Cold Age

One of the benefits of reading history is that it enables one to compare one’s own era with other eras, and so identify the blind spots of former times and as well as the blind spots of one’s…

The Army of Abraham

On the eve of the commemoration of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council of Nicea on Sunday, June 1, 2014, there are three Old Testament lessons read at Great Vespers.  Two…

“Pacify the Ragings of the… Who?”

You have probably noticed that we are no longer in the fourth century.  In that century, the great rival of Christianity was paganism—the worship of the old gods, still worshipped by…