Our Faith is as Sweet as Honey

Our Faith is as Sweet as Honey

My husband and daughter are beekeepers. They have many hives they tend and are responsible for. Recently, they hosted a gathering and invited people to come learn more about beekeeping.  As I watched the demonstration, I realized what tireless workers the bees are. They tend to the hive in many...

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Honor Thy Father

Honor Thy Father

At a recent presentation by the Orthodox Christian Network in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I was in the company of Metropolitan Savas and many Orthodox priests. Surprisingly, it made me ache momentarily for my own father, until I realized I was surrounded by many “Fathers.” Indeed, I said “Father” a couple of...

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We are the Branches: Stewardship

We are the Branches: Stewardship

When I was growing up, my father and mother were very involved in our church. My father was on parish council, my mother was in Philoptochos. My sisters and I were in choir and GOYA. Back then, we were simply and beautifully members of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church...

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Cast Your Net

Cast Your Net

I love how Jesus uses simple things to teach His lessons. After His Resurrection, the disciples were at the Sea of Tiberias. Simon Peter said he was going fishing. The rest of the disciples followed, and they got into their boat. After fishing all night, they had not caught one...

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Jesus Hung Out with the Undesirables

Jesus Hung Out with the Undesirables

A few years ago, I began to read the Orthodox Bible lesson on a daily basis. Over time, I realized how Jesus consistently chose the adulterous, physically ill, criminal, and basically undesirable people of ​His time to hang out with. And He makes good lessons of how He treats them, turning...

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Honor Thy Mother

Honor Thy Mother

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and so we celebrate the special bond between mother and child. My two favorite mothers are Mary, mother of Jesus, and Elizabeth, mother of St. John the Baptist. When Mary is first visited by the angel Gabriel, he says to her, “Hail, Full of Grace,...

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