Man and Woman Reflected in the Original Meaning of Creation: Part 3

Man and Woman Reflected in the Original Meaning of Creation: Part 3

The Passions And The Justification Of Sin Fr. Dumitru Staniloae asserts that at the foundation of passions are natural affects and instincts that initially support life. “In this animal characteristics we find both their lack of guilt and their inferiority, because just like the animals are not guilty of the...

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10 Ways for Young People to Stay Spiritually Engaged During Summer

10 Ways for Young People to Stay Spiritually Engaged During Summer

We all know it can be hard to do stay spiritually engaged with our faith when we just want to be outside enjoying the sun and relaxing. However, as your parish priest probably tells you every summer, God never takes a vacation. Here are 10 easy ways for young people...

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Do Squirrels Know More About Finance Than You?

Do Squirrels Know More About Finance Than You?

I had a staring contest the other day with a squirrel that was blocking the path to my driveway as I walked to my car. It was a curious stand-off. First, I thought I was looking at a little stone garden statue whose creator caught a perfect image of a...

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Man and Woman Reflected in the Original Meaning of Creation: Part 2

Man and Woman Reflected in the Original Meaning of Creation: Part 2

Part 2 of 3 Sex and Sexuality At the time of his creation, the name Adam was used as a generic name and was not meant to designate any specific sex, but only describing the matter from which it was taken. (See the word play in Hebrew between אדם (Adam)...

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What’s So Wrong About Peace, Love, and Understanding?

What’s So Wrong About Peace, Love, and Understanding?

“Of all religions, the Christian should…inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.” (Voltaire) Bullying is an anti-social behavior that targets the “weak” and “not so cool.” For the first time in a long time, bullying is considered a serious societal problem....

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Man and Woman Reflected in the Original Meaning of Creation: Part 1

Man and Woman Reflected in the Original Meaning of Creation: Part 1

*This article is part 1 in a series of 3.  Before we start discussing anything, we have to recognize that there is a difference, an enormous difference, between the state of Creation before the Fall and after the Fall. We also have to acknowledge that we only know, through our...

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Take Up and Read

Take Up and Read

Perhaps one of the most memorable verses in the New Testament comes from the Prologue of St. John’s Gospel, “ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος.” (“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was...

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On Forgiveness and School Shooters

On Forgiveness and School Shooters

“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no more.” (Matthew 2:18 quoting the Prophet Jeremiah) The anger and tears are real. The one word on the lips of so many is “Why?” Greek Orthodox...

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Prioritizing the Joy of the Resurrection: An Antidote to the World’s Misery

Prioritizing the Joy of the Resurrection: An Antidote to the World’s Misery

Natural catastrophes and personal tragedies, not uncommon in our complex and fallen world, are simultaneously indicative and derivative of our fallen existence. Orthodox soteriology, always cognizant of the imperfect world in which we live, makes insightful references to salvation as man’s restoration to perfect communion with God and nature’s “re-creation”...

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On the Ascension

On the Ascension

Jesus’s Rising in Glory and How We Can Keep Christ Present in Our Lives Today Today marks an end, and a beginning, in the life of the Orthodox Church. Today marks the end of the luminous 40-day Paschal season, during which we endlessly rejoiced at the Resurrection of Jesus, greeting...

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