In Defense of Aramaic

The language of the Chaldean and Assyrian people is colloquially called “Surath” but technically named Neo-Aramaic by linguists. Two families of regional dialects closely related to each another are, at least in English usage, called Chaldean and Assyrian. I am one of a growing number of Chaldean priests who do not know Arabic, but I […]

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 […]

Hurry Up in Confession

This is a two-part open letter, first to penitents and second to confessors. It seems especially urgent now, when sacraments are particularly difficult to come by. Dear Penitent, I’m glad you’re going to confession. If it’s been a while, welcome back. If your last time was only recently, no problem. This is the place where […]