Orthodox Christian Emergency Network Grows to 100 Members

Orthodox Christian Emergency Network Grows to 100 Members

CAPTION: Constantine Triantafilou, IOCC executive director, addresses the members of the Frontline gathered for training in Chicago, IL. He related how the work of the Frontline in the United States is an important part of the capacity of the Orthodox Church to respond to human need around the world. photo:...

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The Little Whisper – Are You Listening?

The Little Whisper – Are You Listening?

It was a typical cloudy, drizzly morning in a Seattle suburb near my home. I had just taken my dog for a walk in a park near my daughter’s school. Funny how empty the park is today, I thought to myself. Usually, there were at least a few people on...

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To Judge or Not to Judge, That’s the Question

To Judge or Not to Judge, That’s the Question

I pass judgment on my friends, my clients and utter strangers all the time. I offer opinions about their clothes, their taste in movies, their writing, their charity or lack of charity and what they do. But I keep telling myself I shouldn’t do that. It’s wrong to judge. “Judge...

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Washington Post: Orthodox Patriarch May Join Vatican Prayer Summit

Washington Post: Orthodox Patriarch May Join Vatican Prayer Summit

During his recent visit to the Holy Land, Pope Francis surprised many people by inviting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to a prayer summit at his home in the Vatican. This morning, the Washington Post reports that His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew may also attend this...

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The Strength of Sickness: How I Remembered to Let God Do the Work

The Strength of Sickness: How I Remembered to Let God Do the Work

Some may call me crazy, but here’s the truth. I’m grateful to have multiple sclerosis. Diagnosed 11 years ago, I was shocked into a state of clarity when my body betrayed me for the first time. And why wouldn’t it? I’d been blessed with my youth, my family, and my...

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A Call to Pilgrimage

A Call to Pilgrimage

My family and I were recently blessed to spend some time in the French Alps. These massive temples of stone and ice could leave the best poet without words, render the greatest orator speechless, and still the most skilled painter’s brush; for no human expression could possibly ever capture their...

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Faith: Part 1

Faith: Part 1

Faith is a complex virtue, which is not understandable by our mind, but by our heart. Just as one cannot have obedience without humility, one cannot have faith without also having ‘the fear of God’. “The ‘fear of God’ is the beginning of virtue and it is said to be...

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