“Empathy is the antidote to shame.”

“Empathy is the antidote to shame.”

“Empathy is the antidote to shame.”  Brené Brown, in her TED talk (now viewed by millions) and in her various New York Times Bestselling books, is famous for saying this.  She is a shame researcher, someone who has talked to literally thousands of people about shame, and is the foremost...

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The Sacred Role of Fatherhood

The Sacred Role of Fatherhood

Are we surprised when we see the lack of solid parental influence on kids in malls, movies, and TV shows? Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis, the priest of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL, speaks with Fr. Chris on parenting; more specifically, fatherhood. There is a reason God instructed us...

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The Sunday of All Saints,  June 7, 2015

The Sunday of All Saints, June 7, 2015

In this episode of Good News for a Change, Fr. Constantine Lazarakis shares thoughts on the Sunday of All Saints. He begins by recounting how people from his past seemed to have such a deep and abiding faith. He realized that people from his past, of different generations, shared the...

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Animated Video Tells About Jesus Prayer

Animated Video Tells About Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. The Jesus Prayer is deeply ingrained in the Orthodox Tradition. It is short prayer imbued with theological significance. The video above seeks to explain that significance to those not familiar with Orthodox Spirituality. It ends, on somewhat of...

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“To a New Beauty”: Talking About Sexual Transitions in the Church

“To a New Beauty”: Talking About Sexual Transitions in the Church

Though we scarcely mention them in public discourse, we Christians have a language for talking about sexual transitions quite apart from popular culture. When I first read of Bruce Jenner’s sexual transition, I thought of Saint Pelagia. Those familiar with the life of the saint might raise a brow. How...

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Throwback Thursday: OCN in the Old Days!

Throwback Thursday: OCN in the Old Days!

Remember life before 9/11​,​ when the Pope of Rome visited Ukraine after the fall of communism, the Assembly of Bishops were SCOBA​,​ and OCN had a 60-minute radio program? This week​,​ our Throwback Thursday edition goes way back to June 23, 2001 with the original format​: Daily Vitamins for Spiritual...

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