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.
Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.
- The Blessed Saint Augustine of Hippo
It particularly struck me because we seem to have this mindset that external forces determine the quality of our "times." Sure things can get ugly "out there", but the REAL quality of life is found internally and in how we choose to live amidst whatever times we happen to find ourselves.