Sermons & Homilies

Sermon for the Feast of the Port Arthur Icon (2014)

“What shall we call thee, O thou who art full of grace?”  Our helper, our protector, our comfort, our joy, our guide, our Mother!

Fourteen years ago on this date, nine monks and one nun arrived at this site to begin the monumental task of building a monastery from nothing.   There was only one building here and that was the home of our benefactors the Sills,  so numerous cells for monks had to be built along with a church and workshops, and converting a double wide trailer into a trapeza.

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On Love of God - A Sermon on the Sunday of St. John Climacus (2013)

St. John Climacus, whom we remember today, writes in The Ladder: “When our soul leaves this world we shall not be blamed for not having worked miracles, or for not having been theologians, or not having been rapt in divine visions. But we shall certainly have to give an account to God of why we have not unceasingly mourned.”1

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Sermon on the Sunday of the Prodigal Son (2013)

Brethren! All our attention must be centered on the parable of the Prodigal Son. We all see ourselves in it as in a mirror. In a few words the Lord, the knower of hearts, has shown in the person of one man how the deceptive sweetness of sin separates us from the truly sweet life according to God. He knows how the burden of sin on the soul and body, experienced by us, impels us by the action of divine grace to return, and how it actually does turn many again to God, to a virtuous life. We will repeat it and discuss how necessary and easy it is for a sinner to return to God.

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“My Son, Give Me Thine Heart” - A Homily on the Rich Young Ruler (2013)

Today’s Gospel reading tells us of the rich young ruler who earnestly desired eternal life and asked Christ how he could inherit this desire. Christ first gives him some basic commandments of the law to see if the man had kept these. He replied that he had kept them all from his youth. Christ, knowing the young man’s heart and loving him tells him: Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow Me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

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