Fasting from the Darkness

Dear Friends of OCN,

During this sacred season of Lent, we are invited to participate in Christ’s suffering and Resurrection. This year, many of us are wondering how much more suffering we can handle. We’re faced with our personal struggles and feel bombarded by global conflicts and a seemingly endless stream of natural disasters. While we might feel that the darkness in this world is growing, we can take heart in John’s promise that the darkness is, in fact, passing away.

So why does it seem like things are getting so much worse? Maybe it’s because we pay attention to things intended to create fear, encourage immoral behavior, and generally pull our focus into immediate gratification.

This Lent, I invite you to spend more time and more attention on things that will lead you towards Christ’s true light. Attend extra services and volunteer in your area. And during the many hours when you can’t be physically in Church or in service, continue turning towards Christ at We have new offerings coming out every day, including:

* His Excellency Bishop Kallistos Ware’s 4-part series on Fasting, Prayer, Alms-giving, and Scripture Memorization
* Fr. Steven Ritter’s 6-part series on the Sunday readings of Lent
* Weekly online video news broadcast covering Orthodox news from around the globe
* Coverage of the OCN pilgrimage to the Holy Land
* Breaking news and human interest stories on our OCN NOW podcast

OCN is working harder than ever to build partnerships with other agencies across jurisdictional lines so that we can offer you an incredible range of voices and perspectives. So let us know what you think of our shows and what issues matter most to you!

I pray that God will grant each of us a blessed and fruitful Lent, with each of us making conscious decisions to turn towards The Light and away from the darkness that retreats in His Presence.

In His Service,


“… the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.”
St. John’s First Universal Letter 2: 8

written by
Anne Danckaert is a graduate of Indiana University and Ball…
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