Monthly Archives: August 2015

A joyous wedding

Congratulations to our Brigid! She and her groom Anthony were married on Sunday, August 30.

God grant you many years! Να ζήσετε!

Here we are right after the ceremony:

If you’re wondering if it’s Brigid who is vertically challenged or if Laura and Anna are tall, the answer is yes.


We wanted to let our readers know that this will be the last Orthogals post for a while. In the next couple of months there will be a lot of changes in our lives; we are going on a honeymoon and adjusting to married life, moving, and preparing for the arrival of our first Orthogal baby! We will pop in occasionally with an announcement or some links or quotes, but there will be little original content.

In the meantime, you can email any topics you’d like us to tackle. We’d also love to take a look at your piece if you have a submission for us to consider publishing. We look forward to hearing from you.

Bye for now!






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Friday Linkage: Brigid’s Getting Married edition

Short and sweet today because our beloved Brigid is getting married on Sunday and preparations and festivities are underway!

The Real Magic Behind All the Hype of a Wedding Day [Verily]

Weddings and Hometown Memories [Orson Scott Card]

Homily on Marriage [St. John Chrysostom]

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Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.

– George MacDonald

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Congrats to Fr. Gabriel and Matushka Laura



Our very own Laura is now Matushka Laura. Her husband Gabe was elevated to the priesthood on July 28. Axios Axios Axios!

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Mostly on marriage, a couple links on what it means to be a man or a woman. Also, the NY Times is on a roll.

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The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give [NY Times]
“My husband of 11 years and I sit at these weddings listening to our in-thrall friends describe all the ways in which they will excel at being married. “I will always be your best friend,” they say, reading from wrinkled pieces of paper held in shaking hands. “I will never let you down.” I clap along with everyone else; I love weddings. Still, there is so much I want to say.”

A Master’s Degree in … Masculinity? [NY Times]
““Now you’re in the wheelhouse,” he said, excitedly. He pointed to the Good Man list on the left side of the board, then to the Real Man list he’d added to the right. “Look at the disparity. I think American men are confused about what it means to be a man.”” 

I’m Too Old for This [NY Times]
“Let others feel bad about their chicken wings — and their bottoms, their necks and their multitude of creases and wrinkles. I’m too old for this. I spent years, starting before I was a teenager, feeling insecure about my looks.”

Obey [Seraphic]
“He was the most manipulative young man I ever met in my whole life, and that is saying something. …Reader, I married him.”

On Incompatible Marriage Partners [Elder Paisios]
“Don’t you understand that God’s harmony lies in the different characters? Different characters harmonize each other. God save you from being the same characters! Imagine that both of you have the same character, what would happen if both of you grew angry: you would destroy your house.”


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Friday Linkage

The Sacredness of Sexuality [Morning Offering]

Texting & Dating: A Primer [Art of Manliness]

Sewing as an escape from fashion’s dictates [Guardian]

Tolkien Speaks: The Secret to a Happy Marriage [Catholic Gentlemen]

What Jane Austen Taught Me About Being Single with Purpose [Verily]

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PSA: Family Relationships

Children do not have to “earn” love and acceptance from their parents. That is not how parents families work. …When we are born, literally all we are able to do is eat, scream, [poop], and sleep. We have no talents or skills, no language, no idea of how to please other people, no gratitude; but that doesn’t stop most parents from picking up a newborn baby and saying, “Yes. This tiny blob of a person who is about to make my life hell is someone I love from the bottom of my heart and would die to protect.” We are born infinitely worthy of love we never merited and devotion we can never repay. This is how healthy families work, how healthy parenting works: whether the parent gave birth, watched the birth happen, or didn’t come along until years after. We are loved whether or not we grow into adults who can give anything back to the people who care for us.

And no matter how old we get, we never lose that worthiness for parental love.

— Book of Jubilation, commenter on


Editor’s note: And what does that say about how God the Father and Source of all love views us?

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