Posts by Bev Cooke

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The Hidden Treasure

The monk Herman had lived on Spruce Island, for over five years. (Spruce Island is a tiny island near Kodiak Island, just off the peninsula at the south…

Oct 16, 2014
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

Saint Herman of Alaska

It’s hard to tell just who Saint Herman of Alaska was before he became a monk. Back in the mid 1700s, not many countries kept birth and death records,…

Sep 30, 2014
The Sounding

Love Your Enemies

It was June, and for Alaska, it was warm. The snow had mostly melted, and some parts of the ground were actually thawed. The sun rose at around 5 in the…

Sep 23, 2014
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

Saint Jacob Netsvetov

If you look at a map of Alaska, you’ll see it has a kind of tail leading away from the mainland toward Russia and Japan. That tail is made up of a large…

Sep 04, 2014
The Sounding

Beaten by a Dream

He was a teen, and sometimes, teenage boys just want to have fun. So on the first warm spring day, Gregory made plans to pick up a couple of his friends…

Aug 19, 2014
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

Saint Gregory of Nyssa

Born into the one of the most illustrious Christian families of late antiquity, Saint Gregory of Nyssa was the younger brother of Saint Marcina and Saint…

Aug 14, 2014
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Saint Macrina the Elder: Bridge of Theology

She’s called “Confessor of the Faith”. Her family contains so many saints she’s known as the mother and grandmother of saints. She should be given…

Jul 05, 2014
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Did Saint Basil the Great Invent Monasticism?

There’s a popular belief about how monasticism came about, which tends to give Saint Basil the Great a lot more credit than he’d probably be comfortable…

Jun 08, 2014
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

Macrina the Younger

Born in 327 AD, Macrina’s birth foreshadowed her life. As her brother Gregory related in his biography of his sister, “When the time came for the child…

Jun 08, 2014
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

Macrina the Elder

She’s called “Confessor of the Faith”. Her family contains so many saints she’s known as the mother and grandmother of saints. She should be given…

Jun 08, 2014
The Sounding

To Judge or Not to Judge, That’s the Question

I pass judgment on my friends, my clients and utter strangers all the time. I offer opinions about their clothes, their taste in movies, their writing,…

Jun 04, 2014
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

Saint Basil

Born into one of the most illustrious Christian families in history, Basil the Great would do his family proud both in his lifetime and after his death….

May 29, 2014
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