Mar
30

Priests, you don’t have to like your parish either

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In my post, “You Don’t Have to Like Your Priest”, I built on Brother Patrick’s essay to describe some of the reasons that people don’t like their Orthodox priests, making the general point that all of his foibles pale in comparison to the One Thing Needful which He serves and shares. Another dynamic of this relationship is the attitude of the priest towards the people he serves. Sometimes priests have a hard time liking them, Read more…

Mar
19

You Don’t Have to Like Your Priest

Chapter Seven of Fr. David's book has a chapter on how to relate to your priest: he uses the models of Lawyer, Doctor, Teacher, Artist, and Manager to help.

A reader recommended Brother Patrick Mary Briscoe's article "You Don't have to Like Your priest" (published on March 7, 2014 at Dominicana)   It is an excellent article and I recommend it, too.  Imitation is the highest form of flattery.  The following is patterned on Brother Patrick's essay.  Why do I like it?  I know that my parishioners struggle with this; not only have they benefitted from the service of saintly priests, their own Read more…

Feb
19

Some Good Advice on (NOT) Taking Offense

Joseph kissing Benjamin (source; wikipedia commons)

If you aren't following Dn. Michael Hyatt (blog, Twitter, podcast, Facebook), then you have a wealth of practical wisdom waiting for you!  In this episode of his podcast, he takes on a critical skill: avoiding taking offense.  Let's face it: clergy have plenty of opportunity to get upset: they hear all kinds of criticism being directed against them, their parish, their bishop, their families, even Orthodoxy itself.   Dn. Michael argues Read more…

Feb
14

On the Priesthood, Book 4 – On the Danger of Unworthy Ordination (St. John Chrysostom)

St. John Chrysostom (St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Woonsocket, RI)

Treatise on the Priesthood.Saint John Chrysostom(source: www.ccel.org/fathers) Book IV.  On the Dangers of Unworthy Ordination Basil heard this, and after a little pause thus replied: If you were ambitious of obtaining this office on your own, then your fear would have been reasonable; for in being ambitious of undertaking it, a man confesses himself to be qualified for its administration, and if he fail therein, after it has been Read more…

Feb
06

On the Priesthood, Book 3 – On the Power and Temptations of the Priesthood (St. John Chrysostom)

Mosaic of St. John Chrysostom in Hagia Sophia

Treatise on the Priesthood. Saint John Chrysostom (source: www.ccel.org/fathers) Book III.  The Power and Temptations of the Priesthood 1. Chrysostom: As regards the insult to those who have done me honor, what I have already said might be sufficient to prove that in avoiding this office I had no desire to put them to shame; but I will now endeavor to make it evident, to the best of my ability, that I was not puffed up by arrogance Read more…

Feb
01

On the Priesthood, Book 1 – The Deception (St. John Chrysostom)

St. John Chrysostom, (Archangel Icons)

Treatise on the Priesthood, by St. John Chrysostom (source: www.ccel.org/fathers) Book I.  The Deception. 1. I had many genuine and true friends, men who understood the laws of friendship, and faithfully observed them; but out of this large number there was one who excelled all the rest in his attachment to me, striving to outstrip them as much as they themselves outstripped ordinary acquaintance. He was one of those who were Read more…

Jan
29

12 Reasons Why It Is Good To Be A Church Bully

Are sandbox bullies destroying the peace of your parish?

Being a priest is a blessing, but it's not always easy.  Rev. Erik Parker addresses one of the challenges of ministry: dealing with people who assert their fallen wills in unhealthy ways.  I have no doubt there are such people in our parishes; the question is how to deal with it.  They cannot be allowed to poison the parish, but how, exactly should we follow Rev. Parker's example and "stand up" to them?   As always, there Read more…