Five Orthodox Words I Wish Everyone Knew

Five Orthodox Words I Wish Everyone Knew

I don’t know many languages, but in each one, there are words that I wish we had in English. The same is true in different dialects (for instance, I’m sorry that the word “y’all” isn’t commonly used by non-Southerners). But that desire to co-opt vocabulary is never more pronounced than...

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Disturbing Legends: Behind the Wisconsin Stabbing

Disturbing Legends: Behind the Wisconsin Stabbing

Just when you think you’ve heard everything, there’s a new story in the news to shock you. One week ago, two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, lured a friend to the woods and stabbed her 19 times. Miraculously, she survived. When arrested, Geyser and Weier displayed a...

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Our Mother Mary

Our Mother Mary

What is it about a sixth-century saint that makes her so relevant to our lives today? How is it that an illiterate woman who lived most of her life in total obscurity in the Egyptian desert is celebrated around the world? If you’ve never heard of St. Mary of Egypt,...

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St. Valentine: The Most Famous Saint You Never Knew

St. Valentine: The Most Famous Saint You Never Knew

Question: Quick, what day is it? Answer: Are you KIDDING??? Even in our very secularized culture, there’s one saint’s day no one is likely to forget: St. Valentine’s Day. But how much do you really know about the saint behind the day? If you’re like most of us, the answer...

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The Other White-Bearded December Saint

The Other White-Bearded December Saint

“American Christianity desperately needs the witness of St. Herman, for the American way of life is so radically opposed in so many ways to the life of this man and the Lord Jesus whom he served.” (Fr. Thomas Hopko, The Winter Pascha) I followed my own advice from the November...

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

What are you, kidding me with this? All right, I don’t want to sound like a grump or anything, but when I was growing up, the holidays made a lot more sense. And we knew when they were supposed to begin. Halloween wasn’t that big a deal, Thanksgiving had more...

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Melting Down, Hollywood Style

Melting Down, Hollywood Style

No one does disasters like Hollywood. (Quick case in point: Giant comet hits the earth in 1998’s Deep Impact, below.) But what happens when the disaster is their own? If this summer’s movie attendance is any indication, they may find out, and sooner than even Steven Spielberg predicted. Simple quiz:...

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Hospitals and humanity

Hospitals and humanity

My husband’s recent trip to the emergency room seemed like a kind of parable to me. Or maybe I was just looking for parables, rather than wanting to sit helplessly beside him. But he was a rock .. or rather, a human being. And that’s the point. Greg’s back troubles...

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