Approaching God for the Right Reason

Approaching God for the Right Reason

At Vespers last Saturday evening, the Orthodox Church began the use of the Lenten Triodion–a service book that provides the texts for the Divine Services for the pre-Lenten weeks of preparation, for Great Lent and for Holy Week. Last Sunday was that of the Publican and the Pharisee, quite familiar...

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Reviewing <i>Woven</i>, An Interactive Book for Teenage Girls

Reviewing Woven, An Interactive Book for Teenage Girls

Woven, written by by Edna King and Zoe Pappas, is an interactive book for the modern teenage girl interested in learning more about Orthodox Christianity. Being 22 and a senior in college, I am a few years older than the target audience for this book. However, I still related to the...

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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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Trusting the Gifts of Unanswered Prayers

Trusting the Gifts of Unanswered Prayers

It was not for this I prayed at the holy shrines That she would become As pitiless and cold As the storm on Hase’s Hills –Minamoto no Toshiyori (10th Century Japanese Poet) Have you ever prayed with great sincerity and fervor for something only to feel like those prayers have...

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March For Life 2018–One Good Thought: Two Sparrows

March For Life 2018–One Good Thought: Two Sparrows

*This article was originally published by Family Life Ministry on January 31, 2017.  “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.”—Matthew 10:29 Yesterday I had a few tears to find my “Mama Bird” passed away in...

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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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Taking Action and Finding Repentance

Taking Action and Finding Repentance

“The Church will not be pessimistic, nor sit quietly in its handsome houses of worship while war rages outside its churches for the bodies, minds and souls of its people.” These powerful words were spoken by His Eminence, the late Archbishop +Iakovos of blessed memory. The Archbishop spoke the words...

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8 Tips to Raise Children in Today’s World

8 Tips to Raise Children in Today’s World

Thirty-six years ago, I was blessed to marry a wonderful man. My husband, Jim, and I have two grown children and two beautiful grandchildren. The world is a different place than it was when we married. And tips about raising children in today’s world are invaluable. There are many challenges...

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A Celebration of Epiphany and the Spirit of Silence

A Celebration of Epiphany and the Spirit of Silence

It’s been four years since my mom passed away, and I thought I was getting the hang of it all, of moving through loss, accepting absence, and learning how to replace empty space with gratefulness. My Orthodox Christian faith and avid practice of yoga both underscore the power and opportunity...

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Theophany: A Celebration of Holiness on the 12th Day of Christmas

Theophany: A Celebration of Holiness on the 12th Day of Christmas

Snow is everywhere. Not just in Boston, where my family and I live. If you are anywhere in eastern North America, chances are good that the blizzard hit you on Thursday, and that the landscape around you is white. The first time I saw so much snow was sixteen years...

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New Year’s Resolutions and Revolutions

New Year’s Resolutions and Revolutions

Many a story reveals the futility of making plans. In action-packed movies that require careful planning to commit the ultimate crime or to rescue comrades in arms and in simply mapping out our days’ strategies, we find obstacles thrown in our path at every turn. In all of these situations,...

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Exploring the Liturgy of Saint Basil

Exploring the Liturgy of Saint Basil

Throughout the year, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is the customary Liturgy of the Byzantine Church. However, during the Nativity and Theophany seasons, the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great is celebrated three times—on the Nativity, the Theophany, and on the feast of St. Basil himself, January...

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