Understanding and Living Our Faith: Holy Theotokos and the Sacrifice and Love of Mothers

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Holy Theotokos and the Sacrifice and Love of Mothers

“Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.” We have entered into the time of the Dormition Fast, one of the holiest times of the...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: The Blessing of Brokenness

Understanding and Living Our Faith: The Blessing of Brokenness

“Our Lord Jesus Christ came to heal us of this brokenness…” (Metropolitan Philaret of New York) Christ says something very curious in Luke 20:17-18. He quotes Psalms 117:22 LXX (Psalms 118) which says, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” and adds, “Whoever falls on that...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Pascha and the Promise of Life from Death

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Pascha and the Promise of Life from Death

“We must understand that the human person, in reality, does not die. Death is simply a transfer from one life to another.” (St. Paisios of Mt. Athos) “Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down death, and to those in the tombs, He grants life.” Whether it is...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: When Protectors Become Predators

Understanding and Living Our Faith: When Protectors Become Predators

“To give free rein to the senses is to shackle the soul, to shackle the senses is to liberate it. When the sun sets, night comes; when Christ leaves the soul, the darkness of the passions envelops it and incorporeal predators tear it asunder.” (Theoliptos, Metropolitan of Philadelphia) Powerful men...

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LIVE Adult Education – Orthodoxy and Modernity: Experiencing the Faith in Our Place and Our Time

LIVE Adult Education – Orthodoxy and Modernity: Experiencing the Faith in Our Place and Our Time

Fear and Distrust: Viruses of the Soul There seems to be a lot of fear and distrust in our society today. Our leaders peddle it as tools of persuasion. The majority of news stories are negative, even horrific, and often breed fear and distrust. We all have our own internal...

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Adult Education: Loneliness and Isolation: Silent Tormentors in a Social Society

Adult Education: Loneliness and Isolation: Silent Tormentors in a Social Society

Adult Religious Education Class Orthodoxy and Modernity: Experiencing the Faith in Our Place and Our Time October 15th Lesson: Loneliness and Isolation: Silent Tormentors in a Social Society Many experts among scientists, mental health professionals, theologians, clergy, and others, believe there is a growing problem of loneliness and isolation in...

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The Diabolical Nature of Divisiveness

The Diabolical Nature of Divisiveness

Orthodoxy and Modernity: Experiencing the Faith in Our Place and Our Time October 8th Lesson: The Diabolical Nature of Divisiveness We are a theology of wholeness but a people of division – or so it seems per the latter. But is this true? Are we really as divided as it...

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Orthodoxy and Modernity: Experiencing the Faith in Our Place and Our Time

Orthodoxy and Modernity: Experiencing the Faith in Our Place and Our Time

September 24th Lesson: The Sabbath Today: Sacred or Secular? “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy” is the fourth of the ten commandments, but forget the Sabbath Day and keep it secular, or keep it like the other six days may be a more accurate description of many of...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Spiritual Reflections on 30 Under Thirty

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Spiritual Reflections on 30 Under Thirty

“As God illumines all people equally with the light of the sun, so do those who desire to imitate God let shine an equal ray of love on all people.” (St. Basil the Great) I had the privilege on Saturday, September 9, to attend the first annual 30 Under 30...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Loving One Another in the Name of Our Lord

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Loving One Another in the Name of Our Lord

“And when you perceive the Spirit moving and speaking in your heart, inciting you to proclaim in the great congregation the saving power and truth of God, do not keep your lips sealed for fear of provoking the envy of bigoted men.” (St. Niketas Stethatos) The recent events in Charlottesville...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: The Downside of Books and the Written Word

Understanding and Living Our Faith: The Downside of Books and the Written Word

“The person who is in communion with Him who inspired those who wrote the Divine Scriptures, and is initiated by Him into the undivulged secrets of the hidden mysteries, will himself be an inspired book to others…” (St. Symeon the New Theologian) I love books. I read constantly, usually reading...

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Understanding and Living Our Orthodox Faith: Embracing Woundedness

Understanding and Living Our Orthodox Faith: Embracing Woundedness

“The more we become clear about our places of wounding, the more freedom we gain because we are no longer controlled by unconscious impulses.” (St. Zosimas) We all bear wounds. Some of our wounds are physical and apparent for the world to see. But most of our deepest wounds are...

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