Klaus Kenneth: The Real Life and Meaningful Happiness, Part 1

Klaus Kenneth: The Real Life and Meaningful Happiness, Part 1

Author Klaus Kenneth explains why pursuing hedonism leads to an artificial life, and how people today believe that material things are the only things to be proud of in life. But soon will come a day when people realize how phony these things are. When they make this realization, they...

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A Recommitment to Simplicity

A Recommitment to Simplicity

Driving down the highway several years ago, I passed a huge billboard advertisement for The Container Store. In case you don’t know, The Container Store is a store dedicated entirely to organizational items for home, office, and all the minutiae therein. The billboard itself cleverly alluded to the notion that...

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Life Lived Simply

Life Lived Simply

When it comes to life simply lived, no one does it better than the monks and nuns of the Orthodox Church. Committing themselves to a life of prayer, askesis (strict self discipline) and obedience, they live with few possessions and luxuries. The monastic folk song, God’s Love Abides, brings to...

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On Sabbath Time

On Sabbath Time

Much of life today can involve a persistent feeling of being busy. We have full schedules, personal and professional commitments, and to-do lists of all the things we want to get done. Our physical space can be overwhelming as well: paperwork that needs to be dealt with, piles of books...

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Trust Leads to Peace

Trust Leads to Peace

In the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12.16-21) we witness the result of a life void of peace. Rather than trusting that God would provide for his family, the rich farmer panicked, tore down his already filled barns and was about to build new larger barns when God called...

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Paper Plates

Paper Plates

For years, my mother pleaded with me to use paper plates during stressful times in my life. “Annie, why are you staying up to wash dishes after you get the baby to bed?! The Earth will be fine if you use paper plates at dinner. Recycle them if you feel...

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Be Thankful All Year Long

Be Thankful All Year Long

Offering helpful tools to encourage thankfulness, Presvytera Pat Tsagalakis speaks to Fr. Chris about ways to be thankful all year long and not just on Thanksgiving weekend. They discuss how giving thanks to God places everything in a proper perspective and how anger and resentment can block feelings of gratitude.  And...

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The Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever

The Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Our experience of living in North America today is very different than was the experience of living in Byzantium in the fifth century, or in Holy Russia in the nineteenth century—or even in post-Soviet Russia now in the twenty-first century. Every culture is different, and these differences profoundly impact on...

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Σπλάχνα οικτηρμών

Σπλάχνα οικτηρμών

“Οσοι θέλουμε να πορευόμαστε στην ορθή ευαγγελική οδό πρέπει να αναλογιστούμε τον τρόπο της αντιμετώπισης του φαινομένου της αμαρτίας και των αμαρτωλών. Αυτός ο τρόπος βρίσκεται μέσα μας. Έτσι θα αποκτήσουμε σπλάχνα οικτηρμών για τους συναθρώπους μας και θα βιώνουμε την αληθινή αγάπη που είναι ο ίδιος ο Χριστός” _____________________________________________...

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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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