Even Little Saints See the Face of God: St. Servulus, Tiny Tim, and the Nativity

Servulus is truly an admirable model of heroic virtue.  In spite of a lifetime of constant suffering, he was filled with gratitude to his Creator, and was completely devoted to Him, as signified by his name (Servulus means “little slave”). Moreover, despite his own absolute poverty, he was keenly aware of the need of others.

From Small Beginnings: the 4th Sunday of Advent

We can see the Old Testament prophecirs come to fruition in the New Testament in a literal way in the birth of Jesus the Messiah in Bethlehem.  As always, however, there are deeper and deeper layers of truth underneath the surface . . . 

St. Nicholas: Lover, Fighter . . . or Both?

 St. Nicholas of Myra     Hang out your stockings: today, December 6th, is the feast day of St. Nicholas of Myra.  Over the last couple of centuries the modern Santa Claus has somehow developed from the figure of this 4th century bishop, but the real Saint has retained a strong devotion in both the Eastern and Western […]

What Is Man That Thou Art Mindful of Him?

 What is Man?         When I look at the Heavens, the work of thy fingers,             The moon and the stars which thou hast established;             What is man that thou art mindful of him,             And the son of man that thou dost care for him?             Yet thou hast made him little less than God,             And dost crown […]

Reasons for the Season . . . of Advent (1st Sunday)

Mary, heavy with Child, and Joseph are just now leaving Nazareth; the Magi are still far from Bethlehem, doggedly following a strange star in the heavens. Only the still unsuspecting Herod is making merry. There is time yet, so let’s make the most of it.

Even Little Saints See the Face of God: St. Servulus, Tiny Tim, and the Nativity

Servulus is truly an admirable model of heroic virtue.  In spite of a lifetime of constant suffering, he was filled with gratitude to his Creator, and was completely devoted to Him, as signified by his name (Servulus means “little slave”). Moreover, despite his own absolute poverty, he was keenly aware of the need of others.

St. Nicholas: Lover, Fighter . . . or Both?

     Hang out your stockings: today, December 6th, is the feast day of St. Nicholas of Myra.  Over the last couple of centuries the modern Santa Claus has somehow developed from the figure of this 4th century bishop, but the real Saint has retained a strong devotion in both the Eastern and Western churches.  I say the “real […]