Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Chance, Cybil(my God-mother), and Salome came over for dinner Sunday night. It's amazing how you can spend an evening watching a baby play. It was very nice. There's more pictures on the other blog. They were here for Thanksgiving weekend from southern California. Aren't they cute?

I saw "Walk The Line" this weekend. I thought it was well done. Joaquin Phoenix was brilliant.

One of my long-term patients reposed yesterday evening. I took care of her for over two years.

They keep saying it will snow, hasn't yet. It was thirty-three degrees when I drove home from work last night.

a little more silliness... (thanks sara :) )
W O U L D Y O U R A T H E R . . .

1.)Pierce your nose or tongue: did both(neither now)
2.)Be serious or be funny: seriously funny
3.)Drink whole or skim milk: soy

A R E Y O U . . .

4.)Simple or complicated: according to whom?
5.)Flowers or angels: huh?
6.)Grey or gray: what? grey?
7.)Color or black-and-white photos: black and white
8.)Sunrise or sunset: both
9.)M&Ms or Skittles: M & M's
10)Rap or rock: rock
11.)Staying up late or waking up early: lately staying up late
12.)TV or radio: radio
13.)Apples or oranges: satsuma mandarins

A N S W E R T R U T H F U L L Y . . .

14) Do you have a crush: mandarin oranges, but they're better the way they are than crushed
15) Who is it: the little satsumas, no seeds! like canned tuna fish... "no bones!"

D O Y O U P R E F E R . . .

16.)Being hot or cold: cold
17.)Tall or short people: makes me think of the Randy Newman song "short people have no reason for living"
18.)Sun or moon: both
19.)Emeralds or rubies: emeralds
20.)Left or right: left
21.)Having ten acquaintances or one best friend?: one best friend
22.)Sun or rain: both, but no sun if it's too hot
23.)Vanilla ice cream or chocolate ice cream: vanilla

M I S C E L L A N E O U S . . .

24.)What are your biggest fears in the world: violence
25.)Kids or no kids: kids someday
26.)Cat or dog: dog
27.)Half empty or half full: half full
28.)Mustard or ketchup: mustard
29.)Hardcover books or soft cover books: hardcover
30.)Newspaper or magazine? Newspaper on-line
31.)Sandals or sneakers: for what?
32.)Wonder or amazement: amazement
33.)Red car or white car: black car
34.)Happy and poor or sad and rich: happy and poor!
35.)Singing or dancing: singing

A B O U T Y O U . . .

36.)What time is it: late morning
37.)Number of siblings: that’s complicated, 3 I grew up with, two more came along after high school
38.)Birthdate: July 6th
39.)Height: 5'4"
40.)Eye color: blue
41.)Hair color: light brown
42.)Piercing(s): ears

W H A T D O Y O U W A N T . . .

43.)How many kids do you want: whatever God gives

W H I C H I S B E T T E R . . .

44.)Two doors or four (on a car): 4
45.)Coffee or ice cream: coffee
46.)Bridges or tunnels: bridges

F A V O R I T E S . . .

47.)Color of socks: all kinds of colors
48.)Food: depends, lately salads,Indian and Thai food(not too spicy), anything fresh
49.)Non-alcoholic drink: mostly water, sometimes iced tea or coffee
50.)Alcoholic drink: depends

I A M . . .

51.)Wearing: flannel pj pants, t-shirt, sweater with zipper and hood
52.)Listening to: the rain, the dog snoring, and the occasional car passing by

C U R R E N T S. . .

53.)Hairstyle: up in a pony-tail at the moment
54.)Annoyance: workplace politics
55.)Smell: rain
56.)Show: don't watch t.v.
57.)Book: The Winter Pascha - Fr Thomas Hopko
58.)Refreshment: nothing at the moment
59.)Thought: hot shower before work...

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

I've had an exceptionally hard week at work. I came home tonight to this joke in my e-mail inbox... hope it gives you a smile too.

What Nationality Were Adam and Eve?

A Briton, a Frenchman and a Russian are viewing a painting of Adam and Eve frolicking in the Garden of Eden.

"Look at their reserve, their calm," muses the Brit. "They must be British."

"Nonsense," the Frenchman disagrees. "They're naked, and so beautiful. Clearly, they are French."

"No clothes, no shelter," the Russian points out, "they have only an apple to eat, and they're being told this is paradise. They are Russian."

Monday, November 21, 2005

Last night for the festal vespers and litya it was Father, myself, Stephanie and Kitty. Kitty is the elderly Russian woman I bring to church. Stephanie and I were the choir, and I was the reader. Father said I've made a lot of improvement since we began working on my singing and they were able to hear me, hooray. Stephanie are going to get together and practice. Father said something really beautiful at Liturgy this morning, about the Feast of the Enrance of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, that she entered the Holy of Holies to be made the Holy of Holies for our Lord, that He might come and make us the Holy of Holies. Glory to God!
A blessed Feast to you!

Troparion - Tone 4

Today is the preview of the good will of God,
Of the preaching of the salvation of mankind.
The Virgin appears in the temple of God,
In anticipation proclaiming Christ to all.
Let us rejoice and sing to her:
Rejoice, O Divine Fulfillment
Of the Creator's dispensation!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

I was sitting at home after vespers last night, reading The Winter Pascha by Father Thomas Hopko(SVS Press). I came to the chapter about the feast of Saint Andrew, and was blown away by the beauty and simplicity of his words about Christ and the Church...

"Come and see! This is the abiding invitation of the Church in her liturgical services[...]"the mystery of Christ" which is the "mystery hidden for the ages in God who created all things" which is now made manifest "through the Church" even to the angels(Eph 3:4,9-10).
Come and see! You will witness the mystery of Christ's birth from the Virgin, His manifestation at the Jordan in His baptism by John, His victory over the devil in the desert, His proclamation of good news to the poor, His announcement of liberty to the oppressed, His declaration of the acceptable year of the Lord's grace. You will witness His accomplishment of the signs of His messiahship: the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the dumb talk. You will see the winds cease and the seas calmed. You will behold the table spread "in the wilderness" in the feeding of the multitudes(Ps 78:19). You will witness the casting out of demons. And, most glorious of all, you will see the dead being raised by the word of His power. You will know indeed that "the kingdom of God has come upon you" (Mt 12:28), and you will testify truly that "something greater than Jonah" and "something greater than Solomon is here" (Mt 12:41-42). You will see what "many prophets and righteous men longed to see. and did not see it, and to hear... and did not hear it"(Mt 13:17). And ultimately you will see the Son of God Himself being lifted upon the Cross in order to give His broken body as food for His people, and His shed blood as their drink, that their hunger and thirst for peace and joy and righteousness, and indeed for life itslef, might be forever satisfied. You will "sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven" which is brought to the world by the glorified Messiah(Mt 8:11)."


How amazing and beautiful. I'm simply full of joy in this faith at the moment.

Elvish
Elvish


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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Ok, whatever. I don't know how this happened, am I so well known for my insults? Maybe I've just spent too much time with the sailor... ;P

statler jpeg
You are Statler or Waldorf.
You have a high opinion of yourself, as do others.
But only because you are in the balcony seats.

ALSO KNOWN AS:
Those two old guys in the box.
SPECIAL TALENTS:
Heckling, complaining, being cantankerous

QUOTE:
"Get off the stage, you bum!"

LAST BOOKS READ:
"The Art of Insult" and "How To
Insult Art"

NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT:
Their pacemakers.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2005


November 16th... two years since I was chrismated. Time is a strange thing.

Today we commemorate the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew.

Troparion - Tone 3

With zeal, you followed Christ the Master,
who in His goodness, appeared on earth to mankind.
Summoning you from the custom house,
He revealed you as a chosen apostle:
the proclaimer of the the Gospel to the whole world!
Therefore, divinely eloquent Matthew,
we honor your precious memory!
Entreat merciful God that He may grant our souls remission of transgressions.


Kontakion - Tone 4

Casting aside the bonds of the custom house for the yoke of justice,
you were revealed as an excellent merchant, rich in wisdom from on high.
You proclaimed the word of truth
and roused the souls of the slothful
by writing of the hour of Judgment.



From Vespers:

Tone 4 (Called from on high)

The Searcher of the hearts of men
inspired your mind, O Apostle, with His divine knowledge:
He called you to Himself, ransoming you from the world's deceit:
for He is the Light whose rays shine to the ends of the earth.
He commanded you to proclaim His word.
He made you worthy to write His holy Gospel:
Pray that He may enlighten and save our souls.


****

Once a publican, now a disciple,
you accepted the urgent call of the Eternal Word.
You abandoned the collection of the taxes,
eager for the promise of communion in His kingdom;
you cast away the raging tumult of this life.
Now you behold His glory face to face:
Pray that He may enlighten and save our souls.


****

In days of old, as the earth lay waste in evil,
the prophet Daniel was endowed with clearness of sight.
He beheld a stone, cut without human hands from a mountain:
a stone which ground the riches of earthly kingdoms to dust.
In the fullness of time this all-wise Lord came down to earth.
Passing by the customs-house, He chose you to be His herald,
He called you, who once served an earthly kingdom,
to serve Him, the light of the world.
Pray to Him, O blessed Matthew,
that He may enlighten and save our souls.


****

O servant of the most divine will,
when the sinless Light came in the flesh as He Himself willed,
scattering the darkness of ignorance;
having been called, you then followed in the life-giving commandments.
Having become, even more, a most divine keeper of His will,
You were a beacon of the Church and a dwelling-place of Christ, O
Matthew.
Entreat Him to save and enlighten our souls.


****

With a fiery tongue you burned up deception,
and so appeared as highly worthy of praise, O most wise Matthew.
Having received the coming of the Comforter who enlightened you,
so that speaking to the people of the majesty of the Almighty One,
you made wondrous the mind of those who heard your words.
Now your proclamation has gone out into all the earth, O divinely
inspired Apostle.
Pray to God that He will have pity on all who are singing your praises.


****

Tone 4 (Idionmelon)

You were called by Christ to heavenly discipleship;
you followed Him eagerly, O chosen one of God.
He delivered you from subjection to earthly cares;
abandoning the vain collection of tribute,
you faithfully kept the accounts of the heavenly King.
Blessed Evangelist, you are a light for those who dwell in darkness,
a guide to salvation for those who wander astray,//
Matthew, the herald of glad tidings, pray for those who honor you!


****

Litya (If the rector desires a Litya, these stichera are sung)

Tone 4 (As One valiant among the martyrs)

With the net of charity, O admirable Matthew,
you drew the human race from the sea of vanity,
and yielded them to the practice of the Master's commands.
As His apostle, He enlightened your understanding;
as His preacher, He revealed to you His incomprehensible Divinity, O
most blessed one!


In the form of fire,
the radiance of the Spirit descended on you.
He made you His chosen vessel.
Zealously you drove away the mist of godlessness
and enlightened the world with the mystery of faith by the wisdom of
your words,
most honorable Apostle Matthew, eyewitness of Christ.


With the lightning bolts of your preaching,
you enlightened those who sat in the darkness of ignorance, glorious
Matthew.
Through faith, you revealed them to be the children of God the Master.
You loved Him through suffering and death
and so inherited His glory
O wise, faithful, and inspired disciple.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

Tone 2

You forsook earthly things and followed after Christ.
You were signed with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit
and sent by Him to the nations which were perishing
to turn men to the light of the knowledge of God.
Having completed the struggles, O Apostle Matthew,
of your divine suffering and many torments,
you surrendered your soul into the hands of Christ.
Entreat Him, O most blessed one,
that He may grant us great mercy!


now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Aposticha

Tone 4 (You have given us a sign)

All-praised Matthew,
your words are a trumpet drawing men to the knowledge of God.
They have delivered the inhabitants of the earth from enslavement to evil,
leading us into the true faith, the unity of righteousness:
Pray to Christ our God to deliver us from corruption and danger.


v: Their proclamation has gone out into all the earth, and their
words to the ends of the universe!

By a fiery tongue you were armed mightily with the Spirit;
your words overthrew the deceitful enemy, O Apostle.
Christ our God Whom you proclaimed to be the fulfillment of the
prophets,
adorned you with the resplendent crown of His love:
Pray to Christ our God to deliver us from corruption and danger.


v: The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament
proclaims His handiwork!

The publican in a single moment becomes an apostle,
the tax collector seizes riches from the Fount of Joy.
Blessing you abundantly with the fullness of the Spirit,
Christ our God made you to be the bearer of glad tidings for us.
Pray to Christ our God to deliver us from corruption and danger.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:..

Tone 6

The full stature of goodness is made manifest in you, blessed Matthew:
In the fullness of time you abandoned the occupation of an evil age,
soaring as an eagle to the heights of righteousness,
you have filled the earth with the wisdom hidden from all eternity,
following fervently in the footsteps of Christ,
you have borne the Gospel of peace, life, and salvation to men,
filling with divine commandments those who hunger after righteousness.
Blessed guide, well-pleasing to the Creator,
pray for us who bless your memory.

now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen....

Life of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew (from OCA website):

The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew, was also named Levi (Mk 2:14; Lk 5:27); he was one of the Twelve Apostles (Mk 3:18; Lk 6:45; Acts 1:13), and was brother of the Apostle James Alphaeus (Mk 2:14). He was a publican, or tax-collector for Rome, in a time when the Jews were under the rule of the Roman Empire. He lived in the Galilean city of Capernaum. When Matthew heard the voice of Jesus Christ: "Come, follow Me" (Mt 9:9), left everything and followed the Savior. Christ and His disciples did not refuse Matthew's invitation and they visited his house, where they shared table with the publican's friends and acquaintances. Like the host, they were also publicans and known sinners. This event disturbed the pharisees and scribes a great deal.

Publicans who collected taxes from their countrymen did this with great profit for themselves. Usually greedy and cruel people, the Jews considered them pernicious betrayers of their country and religion. The word "publican" for the Jews had the connotation of "public sinner" and "idol-worshipper." To even speak with a tax-collector was considered a sin, and to associate with one was defilement. But the Jewish teachers were not able to comprehend that the Lord had "come to call not the righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Mt 9:13).

Matthew, acknowledging his sinfulness, repaid fourfold anyone he had cheated, and he distributed his remaining possessions to the poor, and he followed after Christ with the other apostles. St. Matthew was attentive to the instructions of the Divine Teacher, he beheld His innumerable miracles, he went together with the Twelve Apostles preaching to "the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Mt 10:6). He was a witness to the suffering, death, and Resurrection of the Savior, and of His glorious Ascension into Heaven.

Having received the grace of the Holy Spirit, which descended upon the Apostles on the day of Pentecost, St. Matthew preached in Palestine for several years. At the request of the Jewish converts at Jerusalem, the holy Apostle Matthew wrote his Gospel describing the earthly life of the Savior, before leaving to preach the Gospel in faraway lands.

In the order of the books of the New Testament, the Gospel of Matthew comes first. Palestine is said to be the place where the Gospel was written. St. Matthew wrote in Aramaic, and then it was translated into Greek. The Aramaic text has not survived, but many of the linguistic and cultural-historical peculiarities of the Greek translation give indications of it.

The Apostle Matthew preached among people who were awaiting the Messiah. His Gospel manifests itself as a vivid proof that Jesus Christ is the Messiah foretold by the prophets, and that there would not be another (Mt 11:3).

The preaching and deeds of the Savior are presented by the evangelist in three divisions, constituting three aspects of the service of the Messiah: as Prophet and Law-Giver (Ch. 5-7), Lord over the world both visible and invisible (Ch. 8-25), and finally as High Priest offered as Sacrifice for the sins of all mankind (Ch. 26-27).

The theological content of the Gospel, besides the Christological themes, includes also the teaching about the Kingdom of God and about the Church, which the Lord sets forth in parables about the inner preparation for entering into the Kingdom (Ch. 5-7), about the worthiness of servers of the Church in the world (Ch. 10-11), about the signs of the Kingdom and its growth in the souls of mankind (Ch. 13), about the humility and simplicity of the inheritors of the Kingdom (Mt 18:1-35; 19 13-30; 20:1-16; 25-27; 23:1-28), and about the eschatological revelations of the Kingdom in the Second Coming of Christ within the daily spiritual life of the Church (Ch. 24-25).

The Kingdom of Heaven and the Church are closely interconnected in the spiritual experience of Christianity: the Church is the historical embodiment of the Kingdom of Heaven in the world, and the Kingdom of Heaven is the Church of Christ in its eschatological perfection (Mt 16:18-19; 28:18-20).

The holy Apostle brought the Gospel of Christ to Syria, Media, Persia, Parthia, and finishing his preaching in Ethiopia with a martyr's death. This land was inhabited by tribes of cannibals with primitive customs and beliefs. The holy Apostle Matthew converted some of the idol-worshippers to faith in Christ. He founded the Church and built a temple in the city of Mirmena, establishing there his companion Platon as bishop.

When the holy apostle was fervently entreating God for the conversion of the Ethiopians the Lord Himself appeared to him in the form of a youth. He gave him a staff, and commanded him to plant it at the doors of the church. The Lord said that a tree would grow from this staff and it would bear fruit, and from its roots would flow a stream of water. When the Ethiopians washed themselves in the water and ate the fruit, they lost their wild ways and became gentle and good.

When the holy apostle carried the staff towards the church, he was met by the wife and son of the ruler of the land, Fulvian, who were afflicted by unclean spirits. In the Name of Christ the holy apostle healed them. This miracle converted a number of the pagans to the Lord. But the ruler did not want his subjects to become Christians and cease worshiping the pagan gods. He accused the apostle of sorcery and gave orders to execute him.

They put St. Matthew head downwards, piled up brushwood and ignited it. When the fire flared up, everyone then saw that the fire did not harm St. Matthew. Then Fulvian gave orders to add more wood to the fire, and frenzied with boldness, he commanded to set up twelve idols around the fire. But the flames melted the idols and flared up toward Fulvian. The frightened Ethiopian turned to the saint with an entreaty for mercy, and by the prayer of the martyr the flame went out. The body of the holy apostle remained unharmed, and he departed to the Lord.

The ruler Fulvian deeply repented of his deed, but still he had doubts. By his command, they put the body of St. Matthew into an iron coffin and threw it into the sea. In doing this Fulvian said that if the God of Matthew would preserve the body of the apostle in the water as He preserved him in the fire, then this would be proper reason to worship this One True God.

That night the Apostle Matthew appeared to Bishop Platon in a dream, and commanded him to go with clergy to the shore of the sea and to find his body there. The righteous Fulvian and his retinue went with the bishop to the shore of the sea. The coffin carried by the waves was taken to the church built by the apostle. Then Fulvian begged forgiveness of the holy Apostle Matthew, after which Bishop Platon baptized him, giving him the name Matthew in obedience to a command of God.

Soon St. Fulvian-Matthew abdicated his rule and became a presbyter. Upon the death of Bishop Platon, the Apostle Matthew appeared to him and exhorted him to head the Ethiopian Church. Having become a bishop, St. Fulvian-Matthew toiled at preaching the Word of God, continuing the work of his heavenly patron.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Since today is the beginning of the Nativity fast, here's something to chew on from St John Chrysostom:

Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works. If you see a poor man, take pity on him. If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him. Do not let only your mouth fast, but also the eye and the ear and the feet and the hands and all the members of our bodies. Let the hands fast, by being free of avarice. Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run after sin. Let the eyes fast, by disciplining them not to glare at that which is sinful. Let the ear fast, by not listening to evil talk and gossip. Let the mouth fast from foul words and unjust criticism. For what good is it if we abstain from birds and fishes, but bite and devour our brothers? May HE who came to the world to save sinners strengthen us to complete the fast with humility, have mercy on us and save us!

Monday, November 14, 2005

and to think I almost forgot...
last night, while he was sitting at the nurses' station, I asked the sailor if he would growl. He replied with a hearty growl. We all had a good laugh. He said, "The key to growling is to do it often and frequently." I asked, "Is it possible to do it often and NOT frequently?" He replied, "The fanclub could do it."

How do you sing louder? I try to be louder, I just can't. My choir director can't hear me, I can barely hear myself. Her brother said he could hear me across the isle, but I'm not sure. The two sopranos next to me are much louder. Even when reading the hours, I feel like I'm shouting, and I'm barely heard. The choir is blending fairly nicely right now. I'm just so quiet that I don't feel needed.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Check out the knitted digestive system. It gives new meaning to "stomach in knots."
Thanks to Papa Herman.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


only a little bit about knitting:
I taught myself to knit last winter. I knit a plain blue scarf, the brown and slate blue scarf in the picture, and a small purse. I started the brown and pink scarf for my youngest sister. I hadn't worked on it since February. I hadn't knit at all since then. I started work on it again Sunday night. I figured I should finish it since she knows about it. Her birthday is in December, she'll be twenty years old! I can't even believe it. Anywho, knitting is fine for me in cold weather, with nothing else to do. I'm not much of a crafty sort of person. I keep wanting to run outside, or read a book. I really like the one in the picture below, it's long enough to wrap around a few times. I wore it home from work tonight.

Saturday it poured rain all day. I went to the movies, saw the Wallace and Gromit movie. It was funny and cute, I absolutely loved it. I laughed a lot. I was also able to go to vespers at St Elizabeth's. It felt like it'd been ages. I had worked a few weekends in a row, and then been gone. It was nice. I wish I could go to vespers more often.

Winter is really here. Tonight I had to scrape ice off my windshield after work. It was thirty-five degrees when I drove home. I've got a fire going in the wood stove. It's cooooold. Visit the photo blog for sunny pictures of sailing from a few months back, which I finally managed to post.
Oh, I didn't even think of it. My dog turned three years old Monday.


Saturday, November 05, 2005

In my reading for this week's book club discussion, these stood out.

from St Maximus the Confessor "The Fourhundred Chapters on Love":

The one who sees a trace of hatred in his own heart through any fault at all toward any man whoever he may be makes himself completely foreign to the love for God, because love for God in no way admits hatred for man.

The one who loves God surely loves his neighbor as well. Such a person cannot hold on to money but rather gives it out in God's fashion to each one who has need.

The one who imitates God by giving alms knows no difference between evil and good or just and unjust in regard to the needs of the body, but distributes to all without distinction according to their need even if he prefers the virtuous person over the wicked because of his good intention.

Just as God who is by nature good and free of passion loves all in an equal way as his creatures but glorifies the virtuous man for having become his friend through his intention and has mercy on the wicked out of his goodness and converts him by chastening him in this life, as also does the one who is good and without passion through his intention love equally all men- the virtuous because of his nature and good will and likewise the wicked because of his nature and compassion by which he pities one who is foolish and makes his way in darkness.

The disposition of love is made manifest not only in the sharing of money but much more in sharing the word of God and physical service.

The one who has genuinely renounced worldly matters and serves his neighbor without pretense through love soon frees himself of all passion and is rendered a sharer of divine love and knowledge.

The one who has acquired divine love in himself does not grow weary of closely following after the Lord his God, as the divine Jeremiah says; rather he endures nobly every reproachful hardship and outrage without thinking evil of anyone.

When you are insulted by someone or offended in any matter, then beware of angry thoughts, lest by distress they sever you from charity and place you in the region of hatred.

Whenever you are suffering intensely from insult or disgrace, realize that this can be of great benenfit to you, for disgrace is God's way of driving vainglory out of you.

Do not say, as the divine Jeremiah tells us, that you are the Lord's temple. And do not say that "mere faith in our Lord Jesus Christ can save me." For this is impossible unless you acquire love for him through works. For in what concerns mere believing, "even the devils believe and tremble."

The work of love is the deliberate doing of good to one's neighbor as well as long-suffering patience and the use of all things in the proper way.

The one who loves God leads an angelic life on earth, fasting and being watchful and singing psalms and praying and always thinking good of everyone.

The one who has not yet obtained divine knowledge activated by love makes a lot of the religious works he performs. But the one who has been deemed worthy to obtain this says with conviction the words which the patriarch Abraham spoke when he was graced with the divine appearance, "I am but earth and ashes."

The one who fears the Lord always has humility as his companion and through it's promptings is led to divine love and thanksgiving. For he recalls his former worldly life and different transgressions and the temptations bedeviling him from his youth, and how the Lord delivered him from all these things and made him pass from this life of passion to a divine life. And so with fear he receives love as well, ever thankful with deep humility to the benefactor and pilot of our life.


From: Maximus Confessor: Selected Writings published by Paulist Press

Thursday, November 03, 2005

I'm feeling much better and today it was back to work as usual. "The sailor" told me he was tired of my "malarky" and his 90 year-old roommate told me that he was in love with me.
What a day!