Stewards of God’s Creation

Stewards of God’s Creation

Stewards of God’s Creation Day of Prayer for the Protection of the Earth – September 1, 2015 Fr. Luke A. Veronis How many of us have enjoyed nature this summer? Where have you gone and how have you enjoyed nature? At the beginning of the summer​,​ our family went up to...

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How to Inherit Eternal Life

How to Inherit Eternal Life

A rich man approaches Jesus and asks the most fundamental question of life – “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” In other words, what must I do to know God; to dwell with God? What must I do to live under the reign of God, and to orient...

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The Power to Forgive

The Power to Forgive

It truly is divine to forgive someone who has hurt us, yet how so difficult! The most frequent sin and struggle I hear in any confession or counseling I offer, is the inability of others to forgive those who have hurt them. And obviously, the more serious the hurt, the...

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Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ

“It is not freedom when we say everything is permitted. This is slavery.” These words from St​.​ Paisios the Athonite, one of the newly canonized saints of our Church, could well be directed towards our individualist, contemporary society. On this July 4th weekend, we Americans celebrate the freedom we received on the occasion...

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My Strength is Made Perfect in Weakness – The Supreme Court Decision

My Strength is Made Perfect in Weakness – The Supreme Court Decision

‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’”(2 Cor 12:9) Our Lord Jesus Christ offered these words to the Apostle Paul when he faced a serious crisis in his life. In fact, St. Paul suffered through numerous crosses and challenges, confronting the reality of...

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Cultivating a Noble Soul: Learning from the Charleston Massacre

Cultivating a Noble Soul: Learning from the Charleston Massacre

“You took something very precious away from me,” said Nadine Collier, daughter of 70-year-old Ethel Lance, one of the nine people killed in the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. “I will never talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again. But...

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Co-Workers of God and Fishers of Men

Co-Workers of God and Fishers of Men

“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” The very first promise that Jesus made t​o ​His disciples and followers was that IF they would follow Him, He would show these fishermen how to “fish for people.” His first promise was not one of a special blessing that...

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Overcoming Bias and Intolerance

Overcoming Bias and Intolerance

In a recent study published in Psychological Science, evidence was given to show that the human brain categorizes people within the first second after seeing a face. In other words, our brain very quickly will separate people according to groups, typically in the “us vs. them” category. This separation most...

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Learning from the Virtues of Mothers

Learning from the Virtues of Mothers

When I’ve asked children over the years which virtues they best loved about their mother, I get a variety of beautiful and cute answers: she loves us and cares for us no matter what she is always there when we hurt, and is always ready to help us she comes...

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Healing Our Loneliness and Offering Us Friendship

Healing Our Loneliness and Offering Us Friendship

Christos Anesti!  Christ is Risen! Someone once asked a famous doctor in America, “What is the most devastating disease among people today?” He immediately replied, “Loneliness.  The longer I practice medicine, the surer I am that no illness is so painful and universal as loneliness.” Mother Teresa would say the...

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