Homily: A Christian Response to Violence and Division
Release Date: 08/04/2019
This is a recording of Fr. Anthony Perkins' YouTube Livestream from 8/3/2020. In it, he shares some of the wisdom he gained from his summer job moving furniture and argues that people with authority/expertise in one field should exercise humility when making dogmatic statements outside that field. He also shares his concerns about the Jenga game being played with liberal democracy (and the engine of growing freedom and prosperity). Enjoy the show!info_outline Homily on Finding the Miracles that We Need Now
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This is a recording of Fr. Anthony Perkins' YouTube Livestream from 7/27/2020. In it, he makes the point that identity politics is bad theology and politics. Enjoy the show!info_outline Virtue in Theology ... and Politics
This is a recording of Fr. Anthony Perkins' YouTube Livestream from 7/20/2020. In it, he makes the point that virtue is ontological and its unreliability in politics necessitates limited government. Enjoy the show!info_outline Homily on Using Our Gifts Well
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Homily: The Demoniac at Gardenes Introduction – the context of the story Our Lord had just come across the water with his disciples. They had faced one kind of fear when they were on the water: a fear of the chaos of a storm. A great wind had come up while Jesus slept, and the disciples panicked. They woke Jesus up and he calmed the wind and rebuked them for their lack of faith. When they got to the other side, they faced a new kind of fear: the fear of ghosts. The demons in this man at Gardenese had driven him into the graveyard to play on men’s superstitions...info_outline The Solstice, Politics, and Nothing Really
This is a recording of Fr. Anthony Perkins' YouTube Livestream from 7/6/2020. After talking about the (Liturgical) Summer Solstice, he talks about identity politics and the greatest patriotic sf movie ever. Enjoy the show!info_outline The Mind, Discernment, and Aliens
This is a recording of Fr. Anthony Perkins' Livestream from his back porch in Hartwell, Georgia on 30 June 2020. He talks about how the modern troubles play on the lowest part of our minds and why "Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future" is incomplete and misleading.info_outline Homily - We are doing it wrong!
Homily for the third Sunday after Pentecost (; ). Do we have anxiety or peace? Are our tribulations bringing us anger and despondency or hope? In this homily, Fr. Anthony makes the case that we are suffering from the chaos around us because we skipped a step: we went straight to virtue without first seeking God and His righteousness. This was Fr. Anthony's audible homily; it's not polished, but there you go. Enjoy the show!info_outline
A world of violence, of division, of demonization, of sinful self-righteousness. Surely we have to do something.
And so we try. We come up with policies, but because we are so damaged and divided, these just polarize us more. Gun control? Assimilation? Immigration? The reaction each of us have to these words; the defensiveness, the anger, the argumentativeness... these demonstrate the need for something stronger, something that goes deeper.
We need a new start. A way to allow us to approach ourselves, one another, and our problems with new eyes.
The Gospel is that the Lord has seen our divisions and our pain, and so He has sent His Son. Through His Son, we can all be given a new start.
Baptism. Confession. A new start. As many times as it takes. New eyes. A New mind, a New heart. A growing capacity to see, to know, and to love.
But we are so divided! And becoming more so every day. We are coming up with new identities that show how different we are from one another, and then we rally around those differences and use them to puff ourselves up and degrade all those who oppose us. Worse yet, these differences are put within a context of power, where the only worthwhile goal is to destroy the ways of the other and replace them with our own. How can we break out of this downward spiral of division and hate?
The Gospel is that the Lord has seen our divisions and our pain, and so He has sent His Son. Through His Son and the Unity that is His essence, we can become One as God is one. In Him, we are called to become a new humanity, a humanity that is not divided by nation – no Greek nor Jew, or sex – no male nor female-, or power – no master nor slave – but is all one in a joyful unity. All made more of themselves without causing that to put him against others who are actualized differently from themselves.
Rebirth? Yes, we need a new start; and the Lord offers it to us every day. A world without division? Yes; and that is what we are doing here today.
So what do we need to do? We need to give ourselves over to Christ; allow Him to continually remake us in His image and allow His love to heal the divisions that are destroying our families, our country, and our world.
Today St. Paul gives some simple advice on how to work towards peace.Be patient with one another, especially when they are weak. Bear their burdens. Know their pain. Comfort them.
Kindness can seem too hard. “What if people use me”. If you hold true to yourself, if you maintain your integrity and virtue, you cannot run out of kindness. It isn't like money or food. If people use you? Don't let them. If people are mean? If they respond poorly? Then they are starving for it: give them more. Kill them with kindness? Yes, kill their demons with kindness. Not out of spite, but out of a desire for their healing, because you have come to know them and to love them and to desire their salvation.
Kindness: weak soup for a starving world? No. Unity. Love. Redemption. These are the things the world needs. And this is the Gospel: that God has seen our pain and He offers this unity, this love, this redemption to heal our wounds, silence our hatred and division, and draw us into an eternity of joyful perfection.
We spread this love not through shouting or stressing how we are different, but by patiently drawing them into love.