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.
A long-time friend of mine will be visiting tomorrow. And while this would normally be a joyous occasion I just got off the phone with him and have learned that his wife was JUST TODAY diagnosed with melanoma. No news of staging yet. Please, if you have a moment, remember this young family in your prayers: Steve and Ruth.