In conversation between Eastern and Western Christian Traditions, 'practical orthodoxy' is a phrase we often hear. This phrase suggests the how-to side of ecumenical or catechetical dialogue, after a theological foundation has been laid, when the next question asked is 'what does this mean and how does it apply?' Fr. Meletios (now Abbot of St. John's Monastery in Manton, CA) distils thirty years'pastoral experience into this very practical meditation on the 'stuff' of Orthodox Christian life, from the invisible structure of the human person to the visible materials employed in the Church's sacramental Mysteries. In this book we meet a priest who is also a pedagogue, a teacher concerned that the Christian faithful should assimilate and intelligently enter its ancient and sustaining practices. Whether discussing prayer, fasting, iconography, the structure of the church building, the sanctification of time in the worship cycle, liturgy or the sacraments, this concise catechism guides the reader with sound doctrine and good sense. 195 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
Worry, despair, insecurity, fear of death . . . these are our daily companions, and even though we attempt to ignore them or try to crowd them out, they are there, waiting for us in our quieter moments. It is precisely where we hurt most that the experience of the Orthodox Church has much to offer. The remedy is not a pep talk, or any simple admonitions to fight the good fight, cheer up, or think positively. Rather, the Orthodox method is to change the way we look at the human person (starting with ourselves). According to two thousand years of experience, Orthodoxy shows us how to "be transformed by the renewing of our mind"-a process that is aided by participation in the traditional ascetic practices and Mysteries of the Church. In this unique and accessible book, Archimandrite Meletios Webber first explores the role of mystery in the Christian life, then walks the reader through the seven major Mysteries of the Orthodox Church, showing the way to a richer, fuller life in Christ.