on fasting

He, therefore, who eats and cannot fast, let him display richer almsgiving, let him pray more, let him have a more intense desire to hear divine words. St. John Chrysostom, “On Fasting” Fasting seasons like Lent can be really difficult for Christians in recovery from eating disorders, or with body-image issues in general. I really likedContinue reading “on fasting”

the saints Catherine

Photo via my friend Amanda, 2 February 2014 My parents say they called me Catherine because it’s a classic, the name of many saints and queens, the kind of name that never goes out of style. But of course in our churches a baptismal name is also a point of entry into tradition, uniting aContinue reading “the saints Catherine”

Mother Maria in wartime

the martyr Mother Maria of Paris (1891-1945) Mother Maria Skobtsova, by then already a survivor of the Russian Revolution, reflects as the Second World War rages through Europe: Human nature, fallen, permeated with sin and its consequences, is a heavy thing. If we try to understand what happens to the human soul in moments ofContinue reading “Mother Maria in wartime”

Holy Saturday

While Christ lay dead the widowed worldWore willow green for hope undone:Till, when bright Easter dews impearledThe chilly burial earth,All north and south, all east and west,Flushed rosy in the arising sun;Hope laughed, and Faith resumed her rest,And Love remembered mirth.  “Easter Even,” Christina Rossetti (x) It is hard for me to accept that itContinue reading “Holy Saturday”

A ‘citizen’ is always unfree

A ‘citizen’ is always unfree, always feels the whole weight of oppressive power upon him, of public opinion, tradition, everyday life, the history of his country. We all know this, because it all took place in our own lives. We know that in the time of the Russian civil war, choice implied death, imprisonment, exile,Continue reading “A ‘citizen’ is always unfree”