Aphrahat on Confession

I translated a chunk of this ancient homily on confession by one of the Fathers of the Church of the East named Mar Aphrahat, not knowing there was already a full English translation from almost a century ago. It was fun to do though, and this piece illustrates a handful of important points: 1. There […]

You Should be Ashamed of Yourself

I have nothing against self-esteem if you like that kind of thing, but there’s nothing to get you out of bed in the morning like a solid guilt trip. The liturgical season the Chaldean Church is in right now is all about repentance (and that’s a good name for it if you ask me, rather […]

Love Your Neighbor

I haven’t posted much, because: I hate posting There’s plenty going on in the world without me adding my opinion I’m busy with actual stuff But anyway here’s my homily from today. Luke 6ish: But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse […]

Only You are Right

(Luke 7:31f) Jesus said, “To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the market place and calling to one another, ‘We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.’ For John the Baptist has […]