St. Basil:  A Proper Bishop

St. Basil: A Proper Bishop

St. Basil lived and worked in the fourth century, when the Church was just starting to work hand in glove with the Roman state.  The new relationship took some getting used to:  before this, the Christians tried to avoid the State and its police whenever they could, since the coming...

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Valuing Traditions During the Holidays

Valuing Traditions During the Holidays

Sponsored By: Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute (OCCI) ​The Holidays are full of family, religious, and cultural traditions because our human nature finds comfort in consistency and repetition.  When a family or individual converts to Orthodoxy, there can be a ripple effect; extended family members have to adjust to new or lost family...

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14,000 Innocent Children: Christmas Has a Cost

14,000 Innocent Children: Christmas Has a Cost

Christmas can be too comfortable sometimes.  As the Nativity Season unfolds, churches are celebrating the birth of Christ.   Gifts are being shared, kitchens are busy preparing traditional foods, and retreat speakers have returned home from their visits to parishes. While all these events may be well intentioned, they frequently point...

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