Simple Tools for a Time of Stillness and Striving – Part 2 of 6

Simple Tools for a Time of Stillness and Striving – Part 2 of 6

Body and Soul: Orthodox Christian Lent as a Self-Care Journey  God is our refuge and our strength! He helps us prepare to receive the Holy Spirit through His grace. “He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;...

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The Life of Fr. Matthew Baker Is a Triumph of Orthodoxy

The Life of Fr. Matthew Baker Is a Triumph of Orthodoxy

The life of Fr. Matthew Baker is a triumph of Orthodoxy. It is easy to doubt God’s Providence in taking away a young priest, newly installed in his first parish, a husband, and a father of seven (his youngest, Alexis, so recently taken from his mother and father in stillbirth)....

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Fr. Matthew Baker Leaves Behind Wife and Six Children: How You Can Help

Fr. Matthew Baker Leaves Behind Wife and Six Children: How You Can Help

Last night, an outstanding Orthodox priest died in a tragic car accident on his way home from Vespers. Fr. Matthew Baker leaves behind his wife, Katherine, and six young children: Isaac, 12; Elias, 10; George, 8; Ellie (Eleftheria), 6; Cyril, 4; and Matthew Baker Jr, 2. Please pray for them,...

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Hell and God’s Goodness

Hell and God’s Goodness

Q: Your book The Orthodox Church: 455 Questions and Answers mentions some quotes about Hell. Frankly, one of the things I find very incompatible with my image of God as a loving being is a hell where one suffers. Is the devil in charge of hell? Would a loving God...

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Creed and Confessions in the Orthodox Church

Creed and Confessions in the Orthodox Church

Q: I am interested in the “synod of Jerusalem” held in the 17th century, and in a book called the “Diocletian Confession,” I think. It was the Orthodox response to the Protestant Reformation and discussed where Orthodoxy stood on the doctrines of the Reformation. I can’t find anything in print....

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Missionary Zeal and Mysterious Disappearances

Missionary Zeal and Mysterious Disappearances

For an army engineer, John Feodorovich Hovorukhin made an excellent monk. The man had entered a monastery after the death of his wife in 1791, when he was about thirty years old. He was given the name Juvenaly and settled into life at Varlaam monastery on Lake Lagoda, not too...

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St. Juvenaly of Alaska

St. Juvenaly of Alaska

For over a century, it was not known what happened to the monk, Juvenaly. It was one of the mysteries of the Arctic, and the conflicting accounts that emerged over the years did nothing to clarify the actual events or his fate, and in some cases, completely misled those looking...

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Foretaste of Paradise

Foretaste of Paradise

I read Catherine’s Pascha, written by Charlotte Riggle and illustrated by R J Hughes, on Clean Monday. It seemed appropriate that right after Compline and the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, I sat down and read a delightful and evocative children’s picture book about the purpose of this long, arduous,...

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