Archive for July, 2015

Lessons From A Monastery: Chastity and the Eschaton

Lessons From A Monastery: Chastity and the Eschaton

“Thus monastic chastity is completed in love, just as the sacrament of marriage is consummated in love.” —Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Of all the monastic virtues I have written about so far, monastic Chastity (celibacy) most often makes religious life and married life seem worlds apart. AsPatriarch Bartholomew once said, “It is, therefore, unfortunate that centuries of negative connotations ascribed to […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Marriage as Martyrdom

Lessons From A Monastery: Marriage as Martyrdom

“The entire Christian life bears the mark of the spousal love of Christ and the Church” –CCC 1617 Why is it that the most important things in life we seem to never really be prepared for? At least that seems to be the case with me. Marriage wasn’t any different. We knew what the Church taught about marriage but most […]

MARTYRS

MARTYRS

MARTYRS by Michael Martinez Dark vapors rise from the ashes of the old world, as the dawn comes, you can see the bodies of our young mutilated, in tatters; chard by the the early dawns light over the new moon. For they have come for us in ancient times, and they come for us now; screaming ancient battle cries wildly […]

by · July 21, 2015 · 0 comments · Saints
Community Outing to a Garden and the Lake

Community Outing to a Garden and the Lake

On Sunday we had an outing with some of the community from the Monastery. After Divine Liturgy and our regular potluck lunch those who were going caravaned down to Sheboygan and went to a children’s garden called Bookworm Garden. Once we were finished enjoying the beautiful grounds everyone had worked up an appetite so we went to the grocery store […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Becoming a Christian

Lessons From A Monastery: Becoming a Christian

All you who have been Baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia! The gathering of friends and family around the baptismal font are the happiest moments and most important ones in a Christian’s life. My newborn daughter was recently baptized, chrismated, (confirmed) and given her first communion. Serafina’s godfather flew to Wisconsin from California for the event and we […]

Serafina’s Baptism, Chrismation, and First Communion

Serafina’s Baptism, Chrismation, and First Communion

Recently our new baby Serafina was baptized. The day was perfect and filled with such joy, as all baptism days are. Little Sera was also chrismated (confirmed) and received the Eucharist. For those not aware, the Eastern Catholic church gives all three sacraments of initiation at once. I wrote an article explaining the Eastern practice which you can read here. In […]

by · July 7, 2015 · 5 comments · Family, monks, Sacraments
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