Silence of Love: A Life Insurance Commercial Every Father (and Mother) Should See

Silence of Love: A Life Insurance Commercial Every Father (and Mother) Should See

Thai Life Insurance is a company with a history of producing powerful ads. For some time now, it has released long-form commercials that tell dramatic stories, emphasizing virtue, family life, civic responsibility, and solidarity with those less fortunate. The ads have touched people internationally, raising the company’s brand awareness considerably...

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WorldCrunch: High Stakes As Ukrainian Orthodox Must Choose New Leader

WorldCrunch: High Stakes As Ukrainian Orthodox Must Choose New Leader

Editor’s Note: As noted in an earlier post, the Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has died. Given the current political realities, there is considerable tension over the question of his successor. However, this piece provides a valuable overview, from one writer’s perspective and with input from informed sources, of the ecclesial...

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Chiseled from Living Rock: The Lalibela Churches of Ethiopia

Chiseled from Living Rock: The Lalibela Churches of Ethiopia

Last week, we featured a story from CNN, “Rock churches of Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Ethiopia.” We received many comments in response, asking for more information about this remarkable place, built during the Middle Ages. Among the messages on Facebook was a note alerting us to the documentary embedded above....

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Love Story: an Orthodox Film by Shawnee Smith

Love Story: an Orthodox Film by Shawnee Smith

Shawnee Smith, Charlie Sheen’s co-star on Anger Management, makes her directorial debut in Orthodoxy: A Love Story. It’s a film that travels across America, exploring not just Shawnee’s own story, but that of ordinary Orthodox people she meets along the way. To listen to the interview with Shawnee, click on...

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The Power of a Random Act of Kindness

The Power of a Random Act of Kindness

I have seen this heartwarming and inspirational video bouncing around social media recently that is actually a commercial for a life insurance company in Thailand. At the end of the video we are given three simple words that seem so foreign in todays world and those are: Believe in Good....

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Conclusion:  “The Doors! The Doors!  In Wisdom Let Us Attend”

Conclusion: “The Doors! The Doors! In Wisdom Let Us Attend”

In our modern Orthodox Liturgy, the Creed is prefaced by a diaconal word of command. That is, just before the Creed is chanted or sung, the deacon cries out, “The doors! The doors!” and only after this does he invite the faithful to join in reciting the Creed by saying,...

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Knowledge vs Faith: Part 2

Knowledge vs Faith: Part 2

It is not that knowledge is blameworthy, but that faith is higher… What are the distinctions in knowledge; when knowledge returns to its primary aim – the spiritual life? Please join Veronica Hughes and St. Isaac the Syrian for the second part of Homily 52, Knowledge vs. Faith. __________________________________________ Posted...

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ICN: What Future Do Christians Have in the Middle East?

ICN: What Future Do Christians Have in the Middle East?

Violence against Christians in the Middle East continues with no foreseeable end. This region is where Christian history began on Earth, but will Christians ever be able to live there in peace again? Independent Catholic News offers this opinion piece by Michael Glackin. Viewpoint: What future do Christians have in...

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IOCC: Mobilizing to Provide Urgent Relief for Families Caught in Gaza Conflict

IOCC: Mobilizing to Provide Urgent Relief for Families Caught in Gaza Conflict

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — In this past week, the most intense violence in nearly two years has claimed over 100 lives, including 23 children, injured more than 800 people, and left families with damaged and destroyed homes in the Gaza Strip. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is in Gaza, assessing...

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