Trial by Fire

I thought stuff didn't matter

Toward the end of his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul writes, “I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content."

I learned recently, the hard way, how far I am from that state of being.

My wife and I were sitting down to a Sunday dinner—pork, roasted fruit—when we saw the lights flicker and heard an alarm downstairs. I opened the door to our apartment and saw smoke curling from under the door to our...

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About the Author

John Garvey is an Orthodox priest and columnist for Commonweal. His most recent book is Seeds of the Word: Orthodox Thinking on Other Religions.