The Saint, The Sinner, and the Wrath of God

originally published at OnePeterFive Sunday was my thirteenth day in coronavirus quarantine. I must confess that, although I have done some liturgical sewing and have spent more time than usual exercising, cooking, and praying, most of this precious downtime has slipped by without anything of note transpiring.  But Sunday was different. My church—a small Melkite parish—has been moved from its […]

Finding My Father

Originally published at One Peter Five Some of my fondest childhood memories are of sitting in the back of my father’s car, listening to the music he loves. He would pick me up from daycare in the late afternoon, and I would close my eyes and fall into whatever song was playing – “Dear Prudence” by the Beatles, maybe, or “Through […]

The Needles and the Damage Done

If you’re going to San FranciscoBe sure to wear some flowers in your hair… For those who come to San FranciscoSummertime will be a love-in thereIn the streets of San FranciscoGentle people with flowers in their hair  –from the song “San Francisco,” written by John Phillips This romanticized depiction of the streets of San Francisco, which I have called home for […]

The Sleepy, Hollow Labyrinth Within

    “A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere … the place still continues under the sway of some witching power, that holds a spell over the minds of the good people, causing them to walk in a continual reverie.”   When I was 13, I attempted suicide for the first […]

Justitia Winked

  Starting in July of 2015, The Center for Medical Progress released a series of videos which exposed Planned Parenthood’s lucrative sideline of peddling aborted babies’ anatomical remnants. These videos are so shockingly horrific as to be almost unwatchable; millions of Americans did indeed watch them, however, and their ensuing outrage has galvanized a powerful backlash against the taxpayer-funded abortion […]

About Anna, A Friend of Mine

  I want to tell you about Anna. She is one of most remarkable people I have ever met. She immigrated to the United States from Poland in the 1980’s. Actually, “immigrated” is not the most precise word—“defected” is more accurate, as her native country was still under a Communist regime, which was by no means willing to let her […]

On Resurrection and Renovation: The Agony and Ecstasy of Being Made New By Christ

“Those eyes wherewith men see the dead in heart rise again, all men have not, save those who have risen already in heart themselves.” —St. Augustine “And he who sat upon the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’” —Revelation 21:5     When I was first coming into the Church, I was listening to a lot of Catholic radio. One of my favorite shows was Mother […]

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