The Beatitudes and the True Meaning of Peace

The Beatitudes and the True Meaning of Peace

Every Sunday liturgy, the Orthodox sing the Beatitudes, the introduction to Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. They are traditionally considered to be the most concise summary of what our spiritual life in Christ should look like. “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed...

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Celebrating the Love of the Theotokos

Celebrating the Love of the Theotokos

As a sinful follower of Jesus Christ, my ultimate goal is to see God and His kingdom. When I first became Orthodox, the one I’ve turned to for guidance is the Theotokos. She is the most pure, totally devoted to serving and worshipping God. Because of her, and through her,...

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The Power of Spiritual Poverty

The Power of Spiritual Poverty

Every Sunday we drive from Creston to Cranbrook to attend church, a drive taking anywhere from one hour to an hour and a half depending on the traffic and who’s driving. It can be a time of contemplation or one of evaluating the driving abilities of those around me. I’m...

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Overcoming the Divide

Overcoming the Divide

I did not ‘do’ sports in high school. My extracurricular activity of choice was theatre. Even so, when both junior and senior high school football teams ended up in the regional finals, every student felt an obligation to go and support them, especially since it meant the afternoon off school....

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A Love for the Ages

A Love for the Ages

My inevitable physical end of life is not something upon which I dwell. I’d rather think of myself as being somewhere in my thirties despite the evidence in the mirror and the 20 and 30 year old adults who claim to be my children (who are these people and why...

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