Reflections on the Orthodox faith and life in this crazy 21st century world by an Orthodox priest and a few of his friends.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Hither and Yon
As regular readers of this blog know. both Fr. James and I are really busy with online classes - he mentioned this in a previous post. For some reason, we both decided to work on an MA in History. It seemed like a great idea at the time, but when the courses are going on, it sure eats up free time (which you can see has caused the posting frequency to drop significantly). At the same time, we are enjoying the opportunity to have a structured study of various historical topics.
It struck me today, as I looked at my online class, that it is easy to get bogged down in activity, and therefore neglect the more important things. I don't think we are doing that, but it is a danger. That is why I am so glad that the Orthodox Church provides for periods of reflection and introspection.
We are just a few weeks away from Great Lent. I know some people look at this period of time with horror -no meat or cheese? How can we survive?
Yet, I find myself looking forward to it this year. It is another opportunity for me to consider my own path to theosis. Am I neglecting my family? Am I pursuing my path with diligence? Is my focus wavering?
The fact is that at any time, the answer to those questions might be yes (or no, as the case may be). In fact, sometimes it is yes. Without these scheduled times of fasting and prayer, the totality of my answer would probably be yes.
So I am glad that I get the chance to reconsider my walk. Don't read into this. I am not saying the degree plan is causing me to wander. It is life in general. If it isn't one thing, it is another. I praise God that I am given opportunities on a regular basis to refocus. I pray that I use it properly and efficiently.