Monthly Archives: November 2004

Christmas (Pt.3) Fa-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la-LA

My friend, Walt, and I moved out to Southern California in the fall of 1983. My plan was to become filthy rich and adorably famous. Walt just wanted to be a waiter. He fulfilled his goal; I did not. Anyway. … Continue reading

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The Transformation of the Mind …

The Transformation of the Mind into the Likeness of Christ by Professor George Mantzarides (School of Theology, University of Thessaloniki) “Having purified thy mind by ascetical struggles on Athos, O Gregory, thou didst live an Angelic way of life.”1 The … Continue reading

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X-Mass? SundayGoToMeeting & Monks

For what it’s worth, Part 3 of the Christmas series [1, 2] shall, God willing, be posted on Monday. In the meantime, during the Net’s holiday downtime, here’s some stuff worth a while: One of my former profs, Dr Peter … Continue reading

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Is it necessary to bless this food?

In case you haven’t heard, the woman offering the only known version of “Our Lady of the Half Eaten Grilled Cheese Sandwich” on eBay is now $28,000 richer. That pales in comparison to the $70,000 dollars the grub once brought … Continue reading

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Christmas: Reaction Revisited (Pt.2)

For Part 1 of this series go here. One way to handle the secularization or, depending on your source, (re)paganization of the Christmas holiday is to become a reactionary. This may not be the best option, but it is a … Continue reading

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Here & Yon …

Faithful reader, Erica, commented that the source for the story of karaoke in church is suspect. But doesn’t “Pravda” mean truth? The site is a hoot — but not recommended for the sober. Interrupting my series on Christmas, here’s some … Continue reading

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Does Christmas Need a Second Baptism? (Pt.1)

A pagan feast was causing problems for the Faithful. Therefore the Church in Her wisdom decided to move a Feast of Faith, the Nativity of Christ, to the time of the annual pagan festivities. This is commonly referred to as … Continue reading

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