An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
As many of you know I have spent sometime over the last few years gaining knowledge about my Slovak-Rusyn family roots. I have really come to appreciate the importance of knowing our ancestors as best we can and lament the degree to which we tend not to value familial paradosis.
My particular friend Basil and his family are blessed to have still with them their 100 year old (great) grandmother. More than that, she has further blessed them (and us) with the writing of her remarkable memoirs. I encourage you all to purchase a copy.