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Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part 2)

Read Part 1 here. I ran across a compelling quote from the pen of St. John Chrysostom, which I believe is very telling of the spiritual poverty people…

Feb 17, 2015
The Sounding

Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part I)

I still recall the excitement I felt as a youth growing up in Boston (and even now as an adult!) when attending a professional sports event. Wearing the…

Feb 17, 2015
The Sounding

Teach Your Children Well

All parents in every generation worry about their kids, and try to keep them safe. They do this not only by not letting them play in traffic or jab sharp…

Feb 17, 2015
The Sounding

Strategic Retreat

It started with a fire on the stove. A moment’s inattention to some oil and three kernels of popcorn in a pot. Never mind, clap the lid on, set the pot…

Feb 17, 2015
The Sounding

Tree Change Dolls – Why We Care

Four days ago, I discovered Tree Change Dolls. When I discovered them, the Facebook page had 23,000+ likes. I checked again at intervals, during the day,…

Feb 16, 2015
Orthodox News

Statement by Bishop Angaelos on Brutal Murder of Coptic Christians in Libya

Coptic Orthodox Church (Europe) Media and Communications Office Statement by His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in…

Feb 16, 2015
Orthodox News

ISIS Beheads 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians for Being “People of the Cross”

ISIS released a video on Sunday of the beheading of a group of Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya. According to a spokesman from the Coptic Orthodox…

Feb 16, 2015
The Sounding

Fifty Shades of Horror

There’s been a lot of hype about 50 Shades of Grey, mostly centering around the steamy, explicit and kinky sex that goes on in the book. There’s been…

Feb 13, 2015
The Sounding

Introducing St. Ephrem the Syrian (II): Images and Themes from His Hymns on Paradise

The fifteen poems which comprise Ephrem’s Hymns on Paradise revolve around the poetic figure suggested in their title, taking as their starting point…

Feb 13, 2015
The Sounding

Introducing St. Ephrem the Syrian (I)

St. Ephrem the Syrian, who is remembered on Jan 28th on the Orthodox calendar, is one of the greatest of Christian poet-theologians, as well the most important…

Feb 13, 2015
The Sounding

The Diakonia Center Changes Lives

The Orthodox Christian Network’s headquarters are at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Every year, we watch as kids…

Feb 13, 2015
The Sounding

Albania: A Case for Long-Term Missions

My first visit to Albania was in 2012. The full impact of the global economic crisis was beginning to hit hard as scores of Albanians who made their livings…

Feb 12, 2015

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