Laws of God and Man

EDIT: The previous video was incomplete. I think this one is all there. Mark 7:1-23 Now when the Pharisees gathered together to him, with some of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do […]

Communion in the Hand

Since my first post on this topic near the beginning of Coronavirus precautions being taken in America, I’ve noticed reception of Communion in the hand becoming a more and more divisive issue on the Catholic Internet, where everything is a divisive issue. I have therefore decided to add to the confusion, since that is the […]

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 […]

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 […]