On Beauty and God in This Present World

On Beauty and God in This Present World

Beauty is underrated and oftentimes misunderstood in the present age. Beauty is God’s way of letting us know that in spite of all of the darkness, in spite of all that is wrong with the world, there is a signal that sanity is somewhere to be found. Beauty emanates from...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Fellowship of His Sufferings

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Fellowship of His Sufferings

“The fellowship of His sufferings” is, of course, the widely-known phrase written by my dear Patron St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians. I have found myself puzzled by what has seemed in the past to be a lofty and somewhat inaccessible concept. This also has come under much...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Miracle of Bright Week

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Miracle of Bright Week

The entire Orthodox Christian world is in the midst of celebrating the glorious afterglow of Pascha known as Bright Week. With what kind of images can we feed our minds to get the most out of this experience? I would suggest the image of the sun; not the sun itself—you...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Kingdom is in Good Hands

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Kingdom is in Good Hands

It belongs to the children. During this Great Lent, I have the privilege of chanting during some of the services. Weeknight services are not really well-attended in general, but there is almost always a special visitor. My priest is very young and has a beautiful family, which includes a two-year-old...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Spiritual Edge of Journaling

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Spiritual Edge of Journaling

What is journaling?  By dictionary, it is: a daily record, as of occurrences, experiences, or observations For most of us, it can be a frequent record, if we will put a priority on it. I have had the experience of making more than one entry in a day, but who cares,...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: Fountain of Youth

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Fountain of Youth

I have always said, “If you want to stay young, hang with young people.” This is no more true than what I have experienced being with the brilliant and holy young folks in the Orthodox Christian Fellowship where I live. The poem below is my tribute to OCF members everywhere....

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: Christ’s Coming and a Conversation in Heaven

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Christ’s Coming and a Conversation in Heaven

The following is an imagined excerpt from a recently unearthed ancient manuscript found somewhere in Mesopotamia. The original was probably written in Ancient Hebremaic and has been dated between 2 and 6,000 BC. The really curious feature of the manuscript is that it appears to be written in a format...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: A Priest’s Impression of Prison

Musings from a Grateful Convert: A Priest’s Impression of Prison

Recently, I had the privilege to interview Father Nikitas Theodosion, a Priest who visited a prison inmate in August of 2017.  The following is the transcript of an excerpt from that interview. Grateful Convert: Today we welcome Father Nikitas Theodosion, who has served for eight years as parish Priest at...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: Baby in the House!

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Baby in the House!

The following is a departure from my usual MO. Here is a poem in free verse that represents a personal glimpse into the miraculous event known as having a baby. I hope you enjoy it. Baby in the House! We had been married only a month and she was pregnant...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — What’s So Divine About The Divine Liturgy? — Part 3: The Journey Begins

Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — What’s So Divine About The Divine Liturgy? — Part 3: The Journey Begins

“Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages!” Amen. How many of us...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Case for Country Music

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Case for Country Music

Whoa, Podner!  What’s this guy doing? I realize this may seem wildly off the track, but bear with me. There is a message in here somewhere.  In this offering, I don’t address the music make-up, the presentation, or the production values. I invite you to peer with me a little deeper...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: Thoughts on Fasting

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Thoughts on Fasting

With the coming of another Holy Season of Great Lent, our thoughts turn to the topic of fasting. Here I offer a few thoughts for your consideration. First consider the question: “Is there more than one way to fast?” After encountering a very difficult health issue wherein I lost considerable...

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