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About Me

I am a priest in the Orthodox Church in America.

See also my Wikipedia User page: Wikipedia:User:Jschroe.

My contributions to OrthodoxWiki can largely be described as "metapedian" - that is, I spend most of my time here worrying about the structure and community of OrthodoxWiki rather than writing articles. That's the way it is for now, maybe that will change someday!

Ryokan #1031

Sumizome no

waga koromode no
yuta naraba
ukiyo no tami wo          
owamashi mono wo

If these sleeves

of my black robe
were only wider
I’d shelter all the people
in this up-and-down world

From Ryokan: Zen Monk Poet of Japan, trans. Burton Watson, p. 50

A Few Quotes

  • "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." - Common proverb
  • "Be kind to everyone you meet, because everyone is engaged in a mortal battle." The Sayings of the Desert Fathers
  • "Repentance is the daughter of hope and the renunciation of despair." - The Ladder 5:1
  • "Orthodoxy is summoned to witness. Now more than ever the Christian West stands before divergent prospects, a living question addressed also to the Orthodox world… The ‘old polemical theology’ has long ago lost its inner connection with any reality. Such theology was an academic discipline, and was always elaborated according to the same western ‘textbooks.’ A historiosophical exegesis of the western religious tragedy must become the new ‘polemical theology.’ But this tragedy must be reendured and relived, precisely as one’s own, and its potential catharsis must be demonstrated in the fullness of the experience of the Church and patristic tradition. In this newly sought Orthodox synthesis, the centuries-old experience of the Catholic West must be studied and diagnosed by Orthodox theology with greater care and sympathy than has been the case up to now… The Orthodox theologian must also offer his own testimony to this world — a testimony arising from the inner memory of the Church — and resolve the question with his historical findings." - Georges Florovsky, Ways of Russian Theology II, pp. 302-304
  • Come, O faithful, let us work zealously for the Master,
    For He distributes wealth to His servants.
    Let each of us according to his ability increase his talent of grace:
    Let one be adorned in wisdom through good works; let another celebrate a service in splendor.
    The one distributes his wealth to the poor; the other communicates the word to those untaught.
    Thus we shall increase what has been entrusted to us, and, as faithful stewards of grace,
    We shall be accounted worthy of the Master's joy.
    Make us worthy of this, O Christ our God, in Thy love for mankind.

    - Aposticha from Bridegroom Matins of Great and Holy Tuesday
  • “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."
    — Mother Teresa


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