Leaving Home—And Leaving the Faith?

Leaving Home—And Leaving the Faith?

Are the kids off to college? Or simply moving out on their own? Do they know what they’re getting into? Do you know what they’re getting into? Would you knowingly send your children off to scuba dive with empty air tanks? The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving together Belief and Behavior...

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On Forgiveness and School Shooters

On Forgiveness and School Shooters

“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no more.” (Matthew 2:18 quoting the Prophet Jeremiah) The anger and tears are real. The one word on the lips of so many is “Why?” Greek Orthodox...

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Reflections on Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Reflections on Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Yesterday marked the radiant earthly birthday of the Church, the Great Feast of Holy Pentecost, when we commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’s Apostles, 10 days following His Ascension to His Father in Heaven. It marks the fulfillment of Jesus’s promise to His disciples just before He...

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Prioritizing the Joy of the Resurrection: An Antidote to the World’s Misery

Prioritizing the Joy of the Resurrection: An Antidote to the World’s Misery

Natural catastrophes and personal tragedies, not uncommon in our complex and fallen world, are simultaneously indicative and derivative of our fallen existence. Orthodox soteriology, always cognizant of the imperfect world in which we live, makes insightful references to salvation as man’s restoration to perfect communion with God and nature’s “re-creation”...

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Forever at the Right Hand of the Father

Forever at the Right Hand of the Father

The Orthodox Church relives the events of the life of Christ every year in all of Her Feasts, from the Annunciation to Christmas to all of the other intense events of Holy Week, which end with the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ. Through these Feasts we are invited to participate...

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Pascha is Over—Now What?

Pascha is Over—Now What?

In the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, at the end of the anamnesis, the remembrance of the Mystical Supper, the priest says “Commemorating this holy commandment and all that had to pass for our sake: the cross the tomb, the third day resurrection, the ascension into heavens, the throne at...

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On the Ascension

On the Ascension

Jesus’s Rising in Glory and How We Can Keep Christ Present in Our Lives Today Today marks an end, and a beginning, in the life of the Orthodox Church. Today marks the end of the luminous 40-day Paschal season, during which we endlessly rejoiced at the Resurrection of Jesus, greeting...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: The Blessing of Brokenness

Understanding and Living Our Faith: The Blessing of Brokenness

“Our Lord Jesus Christ came to heal us of this brokenness…” (Metropolitan Philaret of New York) Christ says something very curious in Luke 20:17-18. He quotes Psalms 117:22 LXX (Psalms 118) which says, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” and adds, “Whoever falls on that...

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Welcoming the Light: Letting Jesus Get Close

Welcoming the Light: Letting Jesus Get Close

The internationally known journalist, cultural critic, and scholar of the English language, H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) of Baltimore—who was also an atheist—regarded the ninth chapter of St. John’s Gospel as the best crafted short story in all of world literature. It is this chapter (read: John 9:1-38) that forms the...

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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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Meeting Christ: An Encounter She Would Never Forget

Meeting Christ: An Encounter She Would Never Forget

Continuing the post-Paschal themes of healing, transformation and belief in the risen Christ, this Sunday we visit John 4:5-42, wherein we hear of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman (St. Photini) at the well. In this passage, Jesus talks more to this one woman than in any other individual conversation...

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How to Have a Stress-Free Wedding Day

How to Have a Stress-Free Wedding Day

On May 10 of this year, my husband and I will celebrate 37 years of marriage. We were married at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, on Mother’s Day, 1981. Five years ago, after twenty years of experience, I took a leap of faith and started my own wedding...

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