Understanding Struggle

Understanding Struggle

Editor’s Note: This article was originally written as an entry for the 2014 St. Nikolaj Velimirovich Oratorical Festival. Your Eminences, Your Graces, Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I stand here before you to share my understanding of struggle as an Orthodox Christian. So what does...

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The Burial of the Dead

The Burial of the Dead

One of my favourite theologians of the early 20th century is Virginia Cary Hudson. Virginia was a little girl of ten years old in the southern United States who wrote a series of essays for her teacher in an Episcopal boarding school in 1904. She wrote her little essays with...

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Georgian Patriarch Asks Media to Stop Traumatizing People with Bad News

Georgian Patriarch Asks Media to Stop Traumatizing People with Bad News

At the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia addressed his flock with a Sunday sermon, singling out the journalists and “the establishment”, asking them to stop spreading death propaganda, reports PIA. “Nearly every day there are reports that one man killed another man, a son put his...

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An Orthodox Christian Ending and Burial

An Orthodox Christian Ending and Burial

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/crtl100414wv.mp3 Listen Now. What happens to your body when you die? Serving the human person at the ending and the beginning of life, this episode, “Come Receive the Light” is worth a listen.Deacon Mark Barna was always uncomfortable with the idea of being embalmed, and this led him to learn...

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What Happens When We Die?

What Happens When We Die?

There are many different answers to the question “What happens when we die?” Your doctor can describe in detail the physiological process of dying. A psychologist can tell you about the emotional aspects. Your lawyer would answer the question in terms of your will. And the local mortician has a...

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What Will Your Eulogy Say?

What Will Your Eulogy Say?

This podcast challenges us to consider our legacy by exploring how our eulogy provides the human grade as to whether we lived our stewardship calling and earned the title “righteous man” or “righteous woman.” We explore my “5-F” stewardship calling model that assesses our lives in relation to our Faith,...

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CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE BEING CREMATED TODAY!

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE BEING CREMATED TODAY!

My bishop is probably not going to believe this. Recently, a member of our congregation was very upset. She heard that the new priest was planning to cremate a young couple, right there in church, on the solea, during Great Vespers on the next Saturday night. “Doesn’t the Orthodox Church...

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The Legacy of Robin Williams: Seize the Day

The Legacy of Robin Williams: Seize the Day

Like millions of others, I was stunned to learn of the tragic death of Robin Williams, who took his own life after a long and unsuccessful struggle with depression. My own children grew up watching and rejoicing in Robin’s many movies, such as “Good Morning, Viet Nam,” “Good Will Hunting,”...

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Flights of Faith: Embracing the Spiritual Side-Effects of Fear

Flights of Faith: Embracing the Spiritual Side-Effects of Fear

Flying didn’t used to bother me. For years, I reveled in taking off from one city and ending up in another. I didn’t think twice about crossing oceans to see things and meet people I’d only known through books, photos and maybe even phone calls. I didn’t worry too much...

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What Happens to the Soul After Death?

What Happens to the Soul After Death?

I suppose that among us mere mortals the only person who could give first-hand testimony to the question, “What happens to the soul after death?” was Lazarus, and he left no extant literary remains. At best we have an old story which relates that after Christ raised him after he...

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