May The Phos (Light) Be With You #2: Four Lessons

May The Phos (Light) Be With You #2: Four Lessons

Four Orthodox Lessons from Obi-Wan Kenobi Popular culture’s ongoing obsession with all things Star Wars continues to grow with over 55 million people viewing the trailer for the soon to be released episode and countless children donning Star Wars costumes this past Halloween.   Star Wars is not just a...

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May the Phos (Light) be With You.

May the Phos (Light) be With You.

Popular culture is going to go crazy for Star Wars in the coming months.  Count me among the millions of people who cannot wait for the latest installment of Star Wars entitled, The Force Awakens! George Lucas’ Star Wars films have captured the imagination of generations both young and old....

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Orthodox Campus Ministry: Is it Time for Change?

Orthodox Campus Ministry: Is it Time for Change?

College students are by far one of the most at-risk groups in the Orthodox Church today.  On a regular basis, young men and women on college campuses are confronted with an environment that is increasingly hostile to Orthodox Christianity.  Today, standing for Orthodox beliefs on a college campus often means...

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When Death Comes to Dinner

When Death Comes to Dinner

Error never shows itself in its naked reality, in order not to be discovered. On the contrary, it dresses elegantly, so that the unwary may be led to believe that it is more truthful than truth itself. (St.Irenaeus of Lyons) The Orthodox Church has been the greatest agent of human...

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Is It Time To Do Away With Sunday School?

Is It Time To Do Away With Sunday School?

Will our children choose to live as Orthodox Christians? This is the most pressing question facing the Church today. Over the years, the conventional path followed to form young people in the Orthodox Faith has included a Sunday school program.  Today, it is a given that every parish needs a...

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Forget Fifty Shades of Grey, Discover Love the Orthodox Christian Way

Forget Fifty Shades of Grey, Discover Love the Orthodox Christian Way

Sometimes, you have to wonder if the real meaning of love can be saved at all. In a world hungry for the truth about love, millions of people will flock to movie theaters on Valentine’s Day to view the movie version of E.L James’ novel Fifty Shades of Grey and...

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Pope Francis’ List of 15 Spiritual Ailments Applies to Orthodox Christians, Too!

Pope Francis’ List of 15 Spiritual Ailments Applies to Orthodox Christians, Too!

Orthodox Christians around the world were recently watching as Pope Francis visited The Ecumenical Patriarchate for the Feast of St. Andrew on November 30, 2014.  The same Pope of Rome who washed the feet of an Orthodox Christian in 2013 stood out again for his humility by asking Ecumenical Patriarch...

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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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Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

The Nativity Fast has begun and Christmas is just around the corner. Trees are soon to be decorated. Children around the world will make lists, check them twice and anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus. However, parents beware! Jolly old St. Nick served time in prison. I’m not kidding!...

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Ten Questions for the Assembly of Bishops

Ten Questions for the Assembly of Bishops

In all of God’s earthly creation, only the human person has the ability to ask questions and seek answers. Asking questions reflects the fact that men and women are created in the image and likeness of God. Asking questions is also part of the gift of reason and therefore needs...

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The Work of a Leader Begins at Liturgy

The Work of a Leader Begins at Liturgy

“Let no man’s place, or dignity, or riches, puff him up; and let no man’s low condition or poverty abase him. For the chief points are faith towards God, hope towards Christ, the enjoyment of those good things for which we look, and love towards God and our neighbor.” (St....

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What Orthodox Christians Can Learn from Pope Francis

What Orthodox Christians Can Learn from Pope Francis

The world will be watching from May 24-25, 2014 as Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Pope Francis welcome each other in Jerusalem to observe the anniversary of the historic encounter between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and the subsequent lifting of mutual anathemas. The main focus of...

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