Divisions That Shouldn’t Divide Us

Divisions That Shouldn’t Divide Us

History is filled with divisions that have fractured Christianity (and other religions, for that matter) into a multitude of sects. Some of these divisions were caused by heresies. As people tried to understand God by creating their own image of what He should be, it was inevitable that divisions must...

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The Most Important Christmas Tradition

The Most Important Christmas Tradition

It seems that Christmas more than any other time of year is a time for traditions.  Our traditions connect us to the past, to those we love.  They are familiar, comforting, and they give us a sense of belonging.  There are those traditions that we cling to from our earliest...

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Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago, IL

Holy Trinity Cathedral in Chicago was established in 1882. At the time, it was called St. Vladimir’s. At the turn of the 20th century, the current cathedral building was designed by renowned architect Louis Sullivan and built under the guidance of St. John of Chicago and St. Tikhon, Patriarch of...

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From Dust You Came… To Toxic Goo You Shall Return?

From Dust You Came… To Toxic Goo You Shall Return?

“Mom, what do you want for Mother’s Day?” “I would like a ‘coffin table’.” “That’s weird. People will think we’re strange. What else do you want?” For a few years now, I have asked my family to give me a custom-made “coffin table,” a coffee table with a hinged lid...

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When God Says No….and My Mother’s Death

When God Says No….and My Mother’s Death

The past year or so has given me many occasions to prove my faith. It has been difficult at times, but I held on. I gave my worries over to God. I asked Him to help me carry these burdens. I held onto the hope that things would improve, and...

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Teaching the 12 Great Feasts and Pascha

Teaching the 12 Great Feasts and Pascha

This topic is on my mind at the moment because our church school program is focusing on the feasts for this year’s curriculum. I’m working with the youngest class, encompassing of preschool through first grade, so these ideas are geared to them, but could certainly be adapted for older elementary...

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Help Climbing Out of a Slump

Help Climbing Out of a Slump

I have been in a slump! A long slump… it has engulfed nearly every aspect of my life. I have felt like I’m in the waiting place. “The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.” -Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go! I’ve been waiting for some of life’s pressures to give,...

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Festal “Life Cycle” Chart for Children

Festal “Life Cycle” Chart for Children

As the mother of two young daughters who love to do craft projects and art, I’m always looking for new project ideas, especially those that allow me to teach them a little more about our faith while they’re having fun. Over the years, I’ve found many small projects to help...

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Apostles Fast Activities for Children

Apostles Fast Activities for Children

We are about to enter the Apostles fast, which is almost certainly the least appreciated fast of the church calendar. Sometimes it can feel like we just finished Great Lent and started celebrating Pascha when the Apostles’ fast arrives. Now when summer is just beginning, we have to fast again,...

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The Power of Positive Discipline

The Power of Positive Discipline

When I was having my first child, I heard about many parenting books I should read. And I avoided them like the plague. After all, none of the “experts” agree on the best way to raise children. Some take the Old Testament stance “spare the rod spoil the child.” Others...

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Pascha isn’t over yet!

Pascha isn’t over yet!

While getting ready for bed on Easter Sunday, my older daughter began to get teary-eyed. After I tucked her sister into bed, she followed me out of the room, hugged me, and whispered, “Mom, I don’t want Pascha to be over.” I understood her sentiment. Growing up Catholic, we said...

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Teaching the Annunciation

Teaching the Annunciation

The feast of the Annunciation is a glorious respite in the middle of Great Lent. For adults, there are numerous church services and fasting to prepare us for Pascha. Since children aren’t fasting and most are probably not paying attention completely when they are in church, it is important to...

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