St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019


I don't know about you, but for me, these days, driving has become one of the must frustrating situations in which I find myself.  87% of those driving are either talking on the phone or texting, and then there are those who are talking on phone while sipping a soda and eating fries - total distratction, much like the way they approach their spiritual life.  They realize they are distracted when they veer off the road or are in the path of an approaching car - just like they only realize they need God when they find themselves in trouble.  We are all guilty of distractions.

Today, it was as exasperating as ever driving down I-65, when we caught glimpse of a decent driver of a big rig.  As we pulled up behind him we noticed the illustration on his truck:

Joshua 24:15 King James Version (KJV) . 15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

There is so much to see in this illustration as it also points to repentance - if you end up on the path of sin you can turn around and at the Cross Roads and choose Jesus. 

"This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls" -Jeremiah 6:16.  Unfortunately, that verse continues with. "But you said, 'We will not walk in it.' "   The Way of the Cross is not easy and is laden with suffering, nevertheless, we are never alone - we are in this together as Jesus guides us as we take the 'good way' for there we shall find rest. 

Friday, March 8, 2019

Reparation for Crimes and Blasphames against Our Lord

God our Father, in reparation for crimes and blasphemes committed against Your Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, I offer you His Holy Face, His HolyName and His Most Sacred Heart.
"To be one who makes repairs is to give our Lord what others deny him. Just recently I was told of a television show that featured various people urinat- ing on the Crucifix of our Lord. Upon hearing this I immediately went to the prayer chapel and placed eleven crucifixes on the altar, lit a candle that I intend to keep burning for 40 days and then offered incense in a deep spirit of reparation. Our Lord said “I thirst” (Jn.19:28). This thirst continues un- quenched because it is a thirst for souls, faith, hope, love, thanksgiving, petition and adoration. Our Lord’s thirst will continue until the end of time but so will the call to reparation continue among and in his people." -s

“Let the priest, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar” - Joel 2:17; Ezek. 22:30
"Christianity is a middle eastern religion, in intimate familial relationship with Judaism. Reparation is needed if we are other than. Reparation is a returning. The sights and sounds of this returning should be mystical, Semitic and ancient, hovering in an incense shrouded air. The climate of this Reparation Returning is one of changelessness (Heb.13:8; Ex. 3:14; 2Cor.1:19-20; Jude 25). Western rites are sanitized versions of this mysterious drama. In this Returning, time vanishes and with bare feet* we approach the eerie secrets of an antiquity of which we are repaired. Here we have the impression of being sourced from Christian civilzation. This is an interior state externalized in observable rite of reparative prayer. At this point the Theologian takes over from the anthropologist and the Practitioner from the theologian." -s
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise (16) Redeeming (Repairing) the time, because the days are evil. (17) Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” -Eph. 5:15-17
“The Rosary is, for me, making the past better so the present and future are better than they would have been.” -Seraphim

*Ex. 3:5

Sunday, March 3, 2019

This is My Body...

...from these wounds flowed out … blood and water, his very life poured out for us. Compassion, forgiveness, mercy, tenderness...
His wounds are overflowing with compassion for us: “This is my Body, for you; this is my blood, for you.”