Posts by Nicholas Papas

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Message of Love

As a teenager, I came back from church camp and was asked to share my thoughts about my adventure with the congregation. It was, I suspect, a combination…

Jul 16, 2014
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One in Christ, One in Communion

In my former home parish of Saint Michael, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, I incorporated a stylized wheat and grapevine motif into the walls’ adornment. While…

Jun 23, 2014
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Seeing with Saint Seraphim’s Eyes

“My friend, both of us at this moment are in the Spirit, you and I.” These pinnacle words from the historic conversation between Nikolay Motovilov…

Jun 22, 2014
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Martyr Rugs and Angelic Voices

God loves us, and we can find this to be so in the beauty that surrounds us. Sometimes we are watching and listening for it. Sometimes we are not. Icons…

Jun 22, 2014
Featured Orthodox Christian Churches

Houston, TX: Saint Joseph Orthodox Church

Houston is a very big city. We moved here in 2012 not knowing much about the ramifications of big city life, especially as it might affect church life….

Jun 17, 2014
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I Have a Boo-Boo

On our way to the coffee shop, Zoe kept slipping into random stores and announcing to the strangers she met that she had a “boo-boo.” Either that or…

Jun 09, 2014
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A Map to Paradise

While nakedness and being clothed are interesting as spiritual topics on which to meditate, my grandson clearly has his own opinion. He loves nakedness,…

May 14, 2014
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A Daughter’s Tears and God the Father

Lucian Freud passed away in July 2011. A short time later, a 90-minute BBC documentary, “Lucian Freud: Painted Life,” was aired. In it, acquaintances…

Jan 06, 2014
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What Do You See?

“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” This sentiment from George Bernard Shaw was often related…

Dec 10, 2013
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Is It Funny?

My granddaughter is 2-and-a-half years old now. For anyone who has been around a toddler, you will know that this means the dawn of strong willfulness….

Oct 03, 2013
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Syrian War and Contrapposto

U.S. involvement in the war in Syria might come. I fear. But, isn’t this the same fear as always? Isn’t it the fear that is sprouted from a weak or…

Sep 04, 2013
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How Much Can We Bear?

At times pop cultural, classical and ecclesiastical literature, music and art deal with the idea of awareness, openness and the ability to absorb “Light”….

Aug 07, 2013