Monday, October 29, 2012

Featured Post: Simply Byzantine

Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal continues to be a wonderful resource for all who want to learn about or strengthen their understanding of Byzantine spirituality. The most recent post is titled 'Simply Byzantine': 

"We as Byzantines celebrate our faith in some of the most profound ways. However, sometimes in expressing what we have to others we lose the simplicity of our faith. So much so that we often find ourselves at a loss when we want communicate what we believe. As a result, sharing our faith is often reduced to a come and see our church method. This method of itself can be beneficial but without a real substantial communication of our faith the results are often less than life changing. Sharing our faith should not be a task where we hope that others will find our faith when they visit our churches. Rather, at that moment of sharing our faith we should "always be ready to explain"(1peter 3:15)" what we believe. This is only possible by discovering the simplicity that makes our Byzantine tradition great."...continue reading at Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Featured 'Roman Friend of the East': Ascending Mount Carmel

Maybe it is the recent  immeasurably sad events in Egypt, Lebanon and other formerly primarily Eastern Christian nations. Maybe it is a proper appreciation for diversity. Maybe it is an interest in older ways. I don't know what it is, but there seems to be a better understanding, or at least awareness, of the Eastern rites among Roman-rite Catholics. 
Big Pulpit has been featuring some Byzantine bloggers and articles. I was pleasantly surprised to see this interview with a Ukrainian Catholic priest at Ascending Mount Carmel.
Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity/harmony! (Psalm 133:1)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Recommended Prayer Book Resource

Have you ever observed an Eastern Catholic cantor during Liturgy? There are so many books to juggle! The Melkites have some beautiful prayer books for lay people and others.

"This beautiful prayer book, designed for personal use, contains over 600 pages of the traditional prayers of the Eastern Churches offered by generations of Christians — spiritual publicans — who heeded the Lord’s call to repent and “seek, first, the Kingdom of God” (Mt 6:33).
the traditional Morning Prayers and Prayers Before Sleep
prayers for use throughout the day
and prayers for various needs, such as: prayers for the dead, for the sick, for married couples, for travelers, for deliverance from addiction, for the clergy, for purity, for healing from cancer, for aborted children, and many others
Prayers of preparation/thanksgiving for Holy Communion and Confession
Calendar of Saints and Feasts, with troparia, for every day of the year
Nine Canons and Akathists, including the Paschal Canon, the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, the Akathist to the Mother of God, and the Paraklesis service
The Wisdom of the East: selected writings of the Church Fathers on prayer and related topics;
and spiritual guidance for living always in the presence of God
Glossary of terms and bibliography of selected texts on Eastern Christian spirituality
Handy insert for Society of Publicans with calendar for praying for all the churches of our Eparchy
The Publicans Prayer Book is a valuable help for Eastern Christians who seek to sanctify their daily lives by responding to the Lord’s call to “pray at all times” (Lk 21:34). It also makes an especially meaningful gift for anyone who loves the Lord on occasions such as: graduation, holidays, names day, birthday, first confession, anniversary, etc."

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Featured Religious Community- Byzantine Carmelite Nuns

Byzantine Catholic religious are primarily Basilian, but you will find some exceptions. We stayed in the guest quarters of this convent ten years ago. They live in enclosure, so we only met the Mother Superior. I am happy to see that they have young vocations. Many blessed years in health and happiness, Sisters! 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Featured Business- The Master Beadsman

The Master Beadsman makes prayer ropes, used for the Jesus Prayer in the Byzantine tradition. Please consider a fair-trade and handmade Christmas and order some prayer ropes from the Master Beadsman in time to gift friends and family for the holidays!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Featured Blog- Claytonopolis

from Claytonopolis
This week's featured blog is Claytonopolis, a blog written by a Byzantine Catholic mother of four young children. She is an inspiration, writing color-in icons (like the beautiful Dormition of the Theotokos above) for her children and being very involved in their education. Visit her at Claytonopolis!
please comment or email me with any Eastern Catholic links that are missing from the page- I especially would love your international links!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Keep Calm

fear not, little flock

from the blog Prayer of St Ephrem

Education and Evangelization

Welcome to In Union with Rome! This blog will be a definitive listing of all those great blogs and websites out there that are educating and evangelizing the world about the Catholic Church and more specifically the Eastern rites of the Catholic Church.

I would appreciate any links that you would care to share and also notifications if a link goes 'dead' before I catch on. 

At this point, I will not be writing original content for this blog (find me at Fear Not Little Flock for original postings), but I would like to feature blogs or websites that I especially appreciate. 

I will be listing 'ecumenical' links for those friends who are Orthodox or Anglican and/or who are 'Catholic-friendly.' If you would like your blog or website included, please email me at