It’s the Father’s Good Pleasure to Give You the Kingdom

It’s the Father’s Good Pleasure to Give You the Kingdom

Sometimes in discussions with young people, I ask them this question: “If you were to die now, would you go to Heaven or Hell?” To my surprise, a large percentage of young people who are in the Church, participating in the Church sacraments, and living out their Christian life say...

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Holiday Feasting at God’s Table

Holiday Feasting at God’s Table

How many of you recently have gone out to eat with your families? Holiday shoppers, especially on the weekends, will generally dine out because of the convenience or simply to enjoy the festive atmosphere that virtually every restaurant or public place provides. Naturally, we have all felt the economic pinch...

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Unavoidable Illness and Death, Our Saving Road

Unavoidable Illness and Death, Our Saving Road

“O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance.” 1 My three year old was impressed with the paradox that God died. We attended Liturgy for the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross, and afterwards she continued to ask: “God died?” I would begin a too-theological response, to which...

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Overcoming the Divide

Overcoming the Divide

I did not ‘do’ sports in high school. My extracurricular activity of choice was theatre. Even so, when both junior and senior high school football teams ended up in the regional finals, every student felt an obligation to go and support them, especially since it meant the afternoon off school....

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The Power of a Kiss

The Power of a Kiss

When I was a little girl I would spend a few weeks in the summer with my Greek grandmother (Yiayia) and grandfather (Papou). They immigrated from Greece in their young adulthood and settled in a small mill town in Pennsylvania. Yiayia loved to hold my head with both hands and...

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Finally home – Burying the homeless

Finally home – Burying the homeless

The homeless dead carried to graves by Christian young men In an earlier article “Soldier in the Streets” (http://myocn.net/soldier-in-the-streets/), OCN shared an up-close and personal interaction with a homeless veteran in Boston. His relationship to Christ was that of sitting on a back door stoop in tattered clothes staring with bleary...

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Soldier in the Streets

Soldier in the Streets

Experiencing Christ’s love for us all, is something we can encounter not just on Sundays at the Divine Liturgy, but anytime and anywhere, like this story from the streets of Boston. “God already knows what will happen,” was the message we held as we headed out into the cold ocean-breeze...

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