Taking Action and Finding Repentance

Taking Action and Finding Repentance

“The Church will not be pessimistic, nor sit quietly in its handsome houses of worship while war rages outside its churches for the bodies, minds and souls of its people.” These powerful words were spoken by His Eminence, the late Archbishop +Iakovos of blessed memory. The Archbishop spoke the words...

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New Year’s Resolutions and Revolutions

New Year’s Resolutions and Revolutions

Many a story reveals the futility of making plans. In action-packed movies that require careful planning to commit the ultimate crime or to rescue comrades in arms and in simply mapping out our days’ strategies, we find obstacles thrown in our path at every turn. In all of these situations,...

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Managing Stress and the Role of Faith

Managing Stress and the Role of Faith

Have you ever found a long forgotten list of things that stress you? Do you understand the concept of managing stress through faith? Back in my 20s, I listed my top 10 struggles on a sheet of paper, which I recently re-discovered. These were not just problems to solve— they...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: A Priest’s Impression of Prison

Musings from a Grateful Convert: A Priest’s Impression of Prison

Recently, I had the privilege to interview Father Nikitas Theodosion, a Priest who visited a prison inmate in August of 2017.  The following is the transcript of an excerpt from that interview. Grateful Convert: Today we welcome Father Nikitas Theodosion, who has served for eight years as parish Priest at...

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The “Opportunity Costs” of Christmas

The “Opportunity Costs” of Christmas

When we were kids, Christmas morning was all about the excitement of waking up super early, running down the stairs, and gasping at all the presents that Santa would manage to get through a window (we didn’t have a fireplace) during the night without being heard. We would then run...

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Holy Communion: You Are Invited

Holy Communion: You Are Invited

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you…For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.” (John 6:53, 55). All of us have been invited to some friend house...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: When Protectors Become Predators

Understanding and Living Our Faith: When Protectors Become Predators

“To give free rein to the senses is to shackle the soul, to shackle the senses is to liberate it. When the sun sets, night comes; when Christ leaves the soul, the darkness of the passions envelops it and incorporeal predators tear it asunder.” (Theoliptos, Metropolitan of Philadelphia) Powerful men...

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Thanksgiving: The Norm of Christian Existence

Thanksgiving: The Norm of Christian Existence

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 135:1 LXX). My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Several decades ago, a visitor from Western Europe came to the Soviet Union and met with the Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow at the time...

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Finding Courage in a Culture of Fear

Finding Courage in a Culture of Fear

Recent headlines proclaim: a mass shooting in Texas, a tragedy in Manhattan, terrorist attacks in London, political unrest in Spain, hunger in Venezuela, devastating hurricanes, a mass shooting in Las Vegas, earthquakes in Mexico, an increased possibility of nuclear war with North Korea. On top of all that—it was tossed...

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Yet Again…Looking for Hope in Heartbreak

Yet Again…Looking for Hope in Heartbreak

More than a month ago, we experienced another horrific shooting in our nation—the deadliest yet. And this week, we witnessed another mass killing on the streets of one of our country’s greatest cities—this time a vehicle was the weapon of choice. It seems now that we pass from one tragic...

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