Ho, Ho, Holiness in the Simplicity and Purity of God

Ho, Ho, Holiness in the Simplicity and Purity of God

  “THINK of shepherds who are made wise, think of priests who teach, of women who are delighted, when Gabriel teaches Mary joy, when Elisabeth has inside her own womb John kicking. Anna spreads the good news, Symeon opens his arms worshiping the great God inside a little infant, without...

Read more
The Beauty of Diversity in Unity

The Beauty of Diversity in Unity

Our primary goal at the  Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is to share the truth of Orthodoxy with the world. Our secondary goal is to generate fruitful conversations that strengthen us in our own faith and increase our ability to share it in meaningful ways with our fellow human beings. This is why...

Read more
Treasure Fellowship With God

Treasure Fellowship With God

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 45:10 LXX). One of my favorite passages in all of Scripture is Psalm 46 (45 LXX):10, which reads: “Be still, and know that I am God.” This brief but powerful assertion, applicable to virtually any age in history, speaks to the...

Read more
God’s Creed – “I Believe in Man”

God’s Creed – “I Believe in Man”

”At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” These words appear early on in Brazilian author Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece The Alchemist, spoken by one of the main characters, the king of...

Read more
The Joyfulness of Motherhood — from a Man’s Perspective: A Reflection on the Theotokos

The Joyfulness of Motherhood — from a Man’s Perspective: A Reflection on the Theotokos

Needless to say, I am not a woman who can speak with confidence about female matters in a convincing sort of way. I was raised to have the utmost respect for those persons about whom I know very little or nothing at all, never to judge them based on my...

Read more
Why the Truth about Prioritizing God Can Never Be Relativized

Why the Truth about Prioritizing God Can Never Be Relativized

Recently, as I was reading a scholarly article in a particular volume of a theological journal, the St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, I came across a revealing quote from the infamous pen of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, the nineteenth century German atheist philosopher who decided to “kill” God (or, rather, outwardly deny...

Read more
When Pascha is Everyday!

When Pascha is Everyday!

Xριστὸς ἀνέστη! Christ is risen! Natural catastrophes and personal tragedies, not uncommon in our complex and fallen world, are simultaneously indicative and derivative of our fallen existence. Orthodox soteriology, always cognizant of the imperfect world in which we live, makes insightful references to salvation as man’s restoration to perfect communion...

Read more
Lazarus Is Risen! Truly He Is Risen!

Lazarus Is Risen! Truly He Is Risen!

It perhaps may sound quite odd to our Orthodox Christian ears if on the Saturday of Lazarus, we were to greet each other with the words: “Lazarus is risen! Truly he is risen!” Naturally, no liturgical prescription or precedent exists for this. Nevertheless, the tone of the liturgy on this...

Read more
Don’t Worry…Be Happy in God!

Don’t Worry…Be Happy in God!

We live in an ironic age. While most of us in the Western world live relatively comfortable lifestyles, at least in comparison to the rest of the world, we nevertheless experience surges of anxiety and fear. People are afraid of losing their comforts and conveniences, and the difficult economic times...

Read more
Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part 2)

Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part 2)

Read Part 1 here. I ran across a compelling quote from the pen of St. John Chrysostom, which I believe is very telling of the spiritual poverty people experience in our day and age. This spiritual poverty is a serious self-inflicted disease which, unlike most physical maladies, can only be...

Read more
Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part I)

Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part I)

I still recall the excitement I felt as a youth growing up in Boston (and even now as an adult!) when attending a professional sports event. Wearing the home jersey, the actual trip to the arena, the multitudes of people all there for the same reason, the lights and sounds,...

Read more
When the Pray-er Becomes Prayer

When the Pray-er Becomes Prayer

Recently, I ran across a compelling quote from the pen of St. John Chrysostom, which I believe is very telling of the spiritual poverty people experience in our day and age. This spiritual poverty is a serious self-inflicted disease which, unlike most physical maladies, can only be exclusively healed by...

Read more