Parents, Children, Faith, and Love

Parents, Children, Faith, and Love

We have three conversations on Come Receive the Light this week.  Our main feature is a conversation with Dr. Philip Mamalakis, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care, BS, MDiv, PhD at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Listen as they discuss raising children who will hold on to their faith...

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A Conference by and for Homeschoolers

A Conference by and for Homeschoolers

In a society where non-Christian ideals are beginning to dominate in the public sphere, many pious parents are choosing to homeschool their children to ensure they absorb Christian ideals and remain unharmed by ideas of the world. To guide, support, and unite parents who homeschool their children, the Antiochian Orthodox...

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Godparents and Grandparents Are Part of the Team

Godparents and Grandparents Are Part of the Team

  The benefit of a team effort I’ve enjoyed watching my son play basketball for his high school team over this past season. They have a good team at Shepherd Hill, and at the beginning of the season they had high hopes for how well they would do. The team...

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God’s Plan for Your Family

God’s Plan for Your Family

  Do your plans for your family align with God’s plan for your family?  Have we allowed work, busy-ness and wealth as our priorities?  These are all goals of society, but not the ways of God.  God wants so much more of us and for us.  He wants peace, love,...

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Nostalgia

Nostalgia

  …a poetic rendering (of the original Greek) by Christodoulos, priest-monk   Where, O where are the blessed good old days, when life was simpler, happier …and not such a maze? What happened to the gatherings at yiayia’s after Church? Now getting everyone together is like an all outright search!...

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Blessing of Living in Community

Blessing of Living in Community

    Sometimes help comes in the form of physical help or spiritual guidance, but these days I’m finding my greatest help comes from just being with my extended family and sharing life together. Before my family’s move back to my hometown, I loved the church community we were in...

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Finding Blessings Outside of Normal

Finding Blessings Outside of Normal

    A year ago we “lost” our second baby – in the womb. “She” (we believe the baby was a girl) was with me physically for 2 ½ months. I didn’t fully appreciate the miracle she was then, and it is only now that she is somewhere else that...

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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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When Our Children Leave the Nest

When Our Children Leave the Nest

  Although we raise our children to be independent, did we prepare ourselves to live independently of them?  It can be a very trying time for parents and marriages when the children move on and out.   Speaking with Fr. Chris about “empty nesters” is Anastasia Kruse, a Licensed Clinical Professional...

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Of Icons and Akathists

Of Icons and Akathists

It’s a warm June evening, and the nave glows in the long golden light that filters through the windows in the dome. The church is light and airy, and makes me think that some of the glory of Hagia Sophia is captured here, in this tiny wood and glass building....

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