Weigh Your Heart

Weigh Your Heart

Saint Macarius the Great is one of the monastic leaders of the fourth century. He was a disciple to Saint Anthony the Great. In studying the life of Saint Macarius, we read: The Lord of Glory sent a cherub; he led him into this mountain, and when he had set...

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Book Review: When Mama Had Cancer

Book Review: When Mama Had Cancer

Cancer is big and scary. It’s a challenge to the whole family. It’s nearly impossible for adults to comprehend. It can be even more so bewildering and terrifying to children. Author Marjorie Kunch writes about her own Stage 3b breast cancer diagnosis in this calm, comforting story for young children....

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Care for the Caretaker

Care for the Caretaker

The 2017 Orthodox Family Ministry Conference was held near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from September 20 to 23. The host parish was All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the 2017 Family Ministry Conference focused on “The...

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Reflections on the Concordia Annual Summit

Reflections on the Concordia Annual Summit

The annual Concordia Summit took place in New York City on September 18 and 19. It has been more than a week now, and my mind is still trying to grasp and understand how impactful this event has been, not only for the attendees but for everyone else out there....

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Fasting and Prayer

Fasting and Prayer

The Great Canon of St. Andrew says, “When the Lord had fasted for forty days in the wilderness, He at last became hungry, showing His human nature. Do not be despondent, my soul, if the enemy attacks you, but let him be beaten off by prayer and fasting.” [Matthew 4:1-11;...

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An Interview with Monsignor McPartlan

An Interview with Monsignor McPartlan

Blogger Ryan Hunter sits down with Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, The Catholic University of America. Photo courtesy of The Catholic University of America.  Ryan Hunter (RH): This is Ryan Hunter reporting with the Orthodox Christian Network. My guest is Monsignor Paul McPartlan, the...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Spiritual Reflections on 30 Under Thirty

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Spiritual Reflections on 30 Under Thirty

“As God illumines all people equally with the light of the sun, so do those who desire to imitate God let shine an equal ray of love on all people.” (St. Basil the Great) I had the privilege on Saturday, September 9, to attend the first annual 30 Under 30...

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Being Who We Were Created to Be

Being Who We Were Created to Be

“I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest and most precious thing in all thinking.”—George MacDonald How much avocado...

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The Alpha and Omega: The End Is Christ

The Alpha and Omega: The End Is Christ

On September 8, 2017, I entered Holy Trinity, a parish on the other side of town from where we lived. It was the Nativity of the Theotokos, the God-bearer, who’s will to remain sinless cooperates with the miracle of Christ’s becoming man and saving humankind. The Mother of God’s birthday...

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Christian Athletics or the Struggle for the Kingdom

Christian Athletics or the Struggle for the Kingdom

The classic image of the Christian as an athlete of Christ is a little overplayed nowadays, in a culture obsessed with sports. I personally like very much this metaphor, but if we push it too much, we may end up with a very simplistic view, as the priests become coaches,...

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The Meaning of Basil at the Elevation of the Cross

The Meaning of Basil at the Elevation of the Cross

When I was a child, I would frequently visit my grandmother (Yiayia) and grandfather (Papou) who lived in a small town east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They had a large yard with a view of the Monongahela River. The climate created the perfect conditions to grow a beautiful garden every summer....

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Orthodox Faith Meets Science Fiction and Fantasy at Doxacon

Orthodox Faith Meets Science Fiction and Fantasy at Doxacon

In August a cadre of “Geek-Orthodox” Christians arrived at St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for Doxacon, an Orthodox science fiction and fantasy convention. Founded in 2012 by Daniel Silver and Father David Subu of Protection of the Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church in Falls Church, Virginia, Doxacon is...

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