The Connection Between the Physical and Spiritual Heart

The Connection Between the Physical and Spiritual Heart

Have you ever been around someone who, without saying a word, made you feel calm, peaceful, and loved? In the opposite way, have you ever been around someone who, without words, made you feel uncomfortable or agitated?  Would you believe that these feelings are caused by that person’s state of...

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Navigating the Stress of Christmas

Navigating the Stress of Christmas

“Never again!”   Two words I think of often this time of year.   Never again!  Forget the mall. I am shopping for Christmas gifts online next year! Never again!  Did we need all these Christmas cookies? Never again!  Next year we are staying home and relaxing! Never again!  Do...

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Insight to Adoption

Insight to Adoption

November is National Adoption Month.  Jennifer Hock has joined Fr. Chris to share her experience as a foster and adoption parent in this episode of Orthodox Family & Faith.   Listen as Jennifer reveals the blessings, rewards, and challenges of being a foster parent.  She also discusses how writing about...

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Children and Confession

Children and Confession

Does a second grader need to know about confession or are they too innocent? In this episode, Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Alexander Goussetis, pastor of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, in Lancaster, PA, to discuss when parents should start talking about the holy sacrament with their children. Allowing children to...

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Raising Independent Children to be Dependent on God

Raising Independent Children to be Dependent on God

How can parents cultivate a relationship between God and their children?  Fr. Timothy Pavlatos, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Nationally Certified Counselor, speaks with Emmy Louvaris to tell us how. Listen as they discuss how modeling forgiveness, trust, repentance, and love makes all the difference.  You won’t...

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Expectations of Fatherhood Today

Expectations of Fatherhood Today

Is the role of fatherhood getting in the way of parenting? Are you terrified at the thought of an emotional connection? Listen as our guest host, Emmy Louvaris, speaks with George Papageorge, a marriage and family therapist in Pleasanton, CA, on fatherhood and the challenges men face when they ​pay too...

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The Family Unit in the Early Church

The Family Unit in the Early Church

Without the imminent return of our Lord, could it be our fire has gone out?  Now that we have less to lose, have we become lukewarm?  The Very Rev. Dr. Harry Pappas, Associate Professor of Scripture at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and priest of Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Stamford, CT, speaks...

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The 12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas

It’s Christmas! The day we’ve all been waiting for. For many, December 26 will look like a regular day. For Orthodox Christians, the arrival of December 26 means it’s time to celebrate! Not just for one glorious day, but for twelve. So don’t put your decorations away just yet. Listen...

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Protecting Your Children Online

Protecting Your Children Online

With Christmas coming and door-buster sales everywhere you look, you might be shopping for a smart phone or tablet to put under the Christmas tree.  Before you sign that contract, listen to this insightful interview with Kathryn Bocanegra as she talks with Fr. Chris about the many dangers and pressures of the internet...

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Practicing a Grateful Attitude

Practicing a Grateful Attitude

Offering helpful tools to encourage a thankful attitude, Presvytera Pat Tsagalakis speaks to Fr. Chris about ways to be thankful all year long and not just on Thanksgiving weekend. Giving thanks is a proper response to receiving everything from help to blessings, which is why an environment of thankfulness needs...

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Should You Protect Children From Grief?

Should You Protect Children From Grief?

Grief and loss due to the death of a loved one are hard to experience and many want to protect children from these emotions by telling them their loved ones have “fallen asleep” or “Jesus took them.” In today’s episode Fr. Chris speaks with Maria Scaros Mercado, a licensed creative...

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What makes a good marriage?

What makes a good marriage?

Presvytera Kerry Pappas joins us today to talk about what we can do to build a good marriage with our spouse, and what the Church can do to support marriage for all of us. Presvytera Kerry is the Coordinator for Seminarian and Clergy Couple Care for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese...

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