Monday, March 16, 2015

Spiritual advice, and more

  • Letter to a new convert by the late Mother Thekla. Classic spiritual advice C.S. Lewis would approve of. It only happens to be about Orthodoxy (this is a neutral piece I wrote for a newspaper 7 years ago); real religion vs. playing church. As Lewis wrote "to an American lady" who left his denomination for Catholicism as they started their correspondence, the people at the centers and hearts of their churches are closer to God and thus to each other than the fringe-y people in them.
  • She was "the last surviving nun to have occupied the enclosed Orthodox Monastery of the Assumption in North Yorkshire." The Eastern rites don't "take" in the West; they fade away within three generations there (the Americanized grandkids bag it).
  • RIP Fr. Matthew Baker. His story has been making the rounds of the Interwebs; of course I'm sorry he died. I don't know all the facts but it sounds like he had "pious" bad judgment that killed him and risked his kids' lives. If there's a snowstorm or the forecast of one, cancel church services!


  1. De mortuis nil nisi bonum

  2. "Before we go any further, there is one point I should make clear. I have not been told why you are about to convert, but I assure you there is no point whatsoever if it is for negative reasons. You will find as much “wrong” (if not more) in Orthodoxy as in the Anglican or Roman Churches."

    I have always loved this quote by Mother Thekla. It reminds us that love will convert the world, not apologetics. Even though there is a time and place for defending the Faith, mature Orthodoxy sees the greatest sins and human failings inside the Church, not outside of her. For whom much has been given, much will be required. Good food for thought.


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