Till Human Voices Wake Us

And we drown.



August 28th of the 
Byzantine Calendar

The Year of Our Lord 2014

Commemoration of Saint Moses the Black

St Moses the Ethiopian was a former gang leader, murderer, and thief in ancient Africa. However, he became a model of transformation. His is one of the most inspiring stories among the African saints.
Moses, an escaped slave, was the leader of a group of 75 robbers. He was a large and powerful man, who with his gang terrorized the entire region. Moses was transformed after he and his group attacked a monastery, intending to rob it. He was met by the abbot, whose peaceful and warm manner overwhelmed him. He immediately felt remorse for all his past sins, sincerely repented, and begged to remain at the monastery.
Moses was tortured by his past and for years was tempted to return to his old ways. One day, as he was confessing his sins to St. Macarius, an angel appeared with a tablet full of his sins. As he confessed, the angel began wiping the tablet clean. The more he confessed, the more the angel wiped, until by the end it was completely clean. After meeting St. Macarius and St. Isidore, he completely left his old ways behind him and became a monk.
Later, St. Moses was ordained to the priesthood — a rare honor among the Desert Fathers — and founded a monastery of 75 monks, the same number as his former group of thieves. He was known for his wisdom, humility, love, and non-judgment of others. Once a brother had been caught in a particular sin, and the abbot asked St. Moses to come to the church and render judgment. He came reluctantly, carrying on his back a leaking bag of sand. When he arrived, the brothers asked him why he was carrying such a thing. He simply said, “This sand is my sins which are trailing out behind me, while I go to judge the sins of another.” At that reply, the brothers forgave the offender and returned to focusing on their own salvation rather than the sins of their brother.
In 405 A.D., at age 75, St. Moses suffered a martyr’s death, when his monastery was attacked by a group of barbarians. He is remembered on the 28th of August. He is the patron saint of our brotherhood.

Pray for us!

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I came, I saw, I conquered.


I came, I saw, I conquered.

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well would ya look at that




well would ya look at that


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Is it okay for me to be upset about that…?

Someone mentioned this and I realized just how true (and infuriating, and frustrating, and pathetic) it is:



Whenever some news of the persecution in the Middle East against the Christians and other minorities is shared, only a few people, mostly very dedicated Catholics, will respond to it. Bring it up in conversation, and no one has any clue what is going on.
(There was a brief blip of attention after the execution of James Wright Foley, but his memory was nearly instantly replaced by new hashtags about movie stars and new shows.)

Excuse me for comparing tragedies, but the Israel-Gaza conflict was and is being discussed EVERYWHERE, everyone has formed opinions, tags like #prayforpalestine trended, and people seemed to be genuinely upset by the deaths of the Gazans. All very good. Normal human reactions to injustice.

Same with Ferguson.

However, mention what IS is doing in Iraq, Syria, and other countries to people who are completely 100% innocent and non-aggressive, who were simply trying to live out their faith in a hostile environment…and everything goes quite. Crickets.

More people have died, been forced from their homes, raped, robbed, beaten, exiled in Iraq than have been similarly wronged in either Ferguson or Gaza. For no reason. For the sake of hate.

What the hell is it about this particular issue that makes everyone so timid? It has religious implications. My English professor actually said we couldn’t discuss the issue or mention it in our essays because it was “a faith-based topic.” Excuse me, but isn’t justice a natural virtue? Isn’t this a violation of every. single. human. right. for those people? This isn’t something for just Christians to protest. This is evil, pure and simple.

Beheadings of children? Ethnic cleansing? How can you not speak? These people are almost defenseless.

We still see new movies and books and talks about Nazi Germany, telling us how awful the Holocaust was. Why can’t people see this *is* the Holocaust, but for Christians?

This exact same thing has happened for countless other genocides….the Armenians are a notable example. I just cannot fathom why. Why are some genocides more worthy of notice and horror than others? It shouldn’t matter whether ethnic cleansing targeted the blacks in Germany or the Yazidis in Iraq, whether religious persecution was staged against the Jewish people or the Assyrian Christians. Speak up people.

No one deserves to die in such awful ways, deprived of everything, forced to deny their deepest beliefs. Much less to do so in silence and isolation. Organizations that give humanitarian aid are trying, but so few are donating.

One more thing: its great that we all dumped water on our heads and raised money for people with Lou Gehrig’s, but research was already being conducted. It was not some urgent need, but just a charitable outreach. Right now, people in the Middle East NEED your money, your prayers, your knowledge, your voice.

Its a travesty the media is so quiet about this, that apparently the marriage of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is more newsworthy than the lives, livelihoods, pain, and fear of so many people.

Just because it involves religion, doesn’t mean you can’t speak up, dammit.

(pardon the rant. Also, you don’t know the self-control it took to keep this relatively profanity-free.)

Everything I’ve been wanting to say but didn’t know how, in one handy dandy post. Pray for Christians in the Middle East.


Fall 2014 fashion: Scout’s ham costume from To Kill A Mockingbird


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The man begging on the corner of the street, who you turn away from, is an angel in disguise.

Jesus wishes us to visit Him while alive. Where did he say to visit Him? With the widows and orphans, those in prison, the sick, the needy. Helping those in great need is helping God. Lending a hand to the hopeless is extending a hand to God.

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