Once again, I must apologize for my delay between posts. Life is never easy, and never gives us pauses when we think we need them.
Part of the delay was that I was spending much of my off-time filling out applications and completing interviews for graduate school. I recently applied to and was accepted by the Masters of Counseling program at Colorado Christian University. Pray for me as I continue my education and that I would be an efficient student and counselor when I graduate.
Since I was young, by the grace of God, I have been a listener. In listening, many people find counsel. I hope that by God’s mercy, I may be found a suitable vessel to provide healing to His people.
In making my decision to attend school, I spoke with Fr. Emmanuel, who is a wonderful man that provided much needed counsel to my needy soul. I was introduced through Fr. Phil and can see why the two men are friends. Fr. Emmanuel has a PhD in Counseling and I found that he had a lot to share.
It was in my talk with Fr. Emmanuel that he recommended a book for me to read, if counseling was my goal. The book is titled Orthodox Psychotherapy: The science of the Fathers, written by Metropolitan of Nafpaktos, Hierotheos. Originally written in Greek, it was then translated by Esther Williams into English, and for that I will be forever thankful to her.
It is here that I wish to continue my blog temporarily, and for a few reasons.
- It is in line with the educational path I am currently walking.
- It deals with the health of the Church, and more specifically the health of those within Orthodoxy, of which I am one.
- And finally because there have been many conversations that I have been party to that have dealt with the health of our society, which is natural as we are approaching election season here in the United States.
I will be honest in saying that I have not yet read this book, and my posts as such will be my thoughts on each chapter as I read through it. This may result in a feeling of “incompleteness”, however at the end I hope to tie it all together in a final post once I finish the book.
I also want to mention that I may misunderstand portions of this book, and if I write anything in error, the fault is mine and not Metropolitan Hierotheos.
It is my hope to cover one chapter a week and create “study notes” which will then be translated into a blog post.
We are all in need of healing. Some physical, some emotional, some mental. All of us are in need of spiritual healing.
I will continue to pray that my readers would be patient and gracious with me as I continue this blog. I have not been as consistent as I would like, and seek to remedy this as soon as possible.