Super Bowl Ads—Can I Change the Music?

Super Bowl Ads—Can I Change the Music?

I hope you shouted out loud, “really!?” and covered your children’s eyes and ears in the Super Bowl Commercials this year. Well, I guess that is true every year, but wow, this year was insidious and persistent! I confess that I only watched the last quarter of the game—great game!—so...

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Millennials and the Future of the Faith

Millennials and the Future of the Faith

My name is Charissa, and I’m a millennial. As a millennial, my generation and I are constantly being accused of ruining everything. I’ve read article after article exclaiming with frustration that millennials aren’t doing things the way their parents did, and it’s collapsing the world as we know it! Are...

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Approaching God for the Right Reason

Approaching God for the Right Reason

At Vespers last Saturday evening, the Orthodox Church began the use of the Lenten Triodion–a service book that provides the texts for the Divine Services for the pre-Lenten weeks of preparation, for Great Lent and for Holy Week. Last Sunday was that of the Publican and the Pharisee, quite familiar...

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Reviewing <i>Woven</i>, An Interactive Book for Teenage Girls

Reviewing Woven, An Interactive Book for Teenage Girls

Woven, written by by Edna King and Zoe Pappas, is an interactive book for the modern teenage girl interested in learning more about Orthodox Christianity. Being 22 and a senior in college, I am a few years older than the target audience for this book. However, I still related to the...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Spiritual Edge of Journaling

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Spiritual Edge of Journaling

What is journaling?  By dictionary, it is: a daily record, as of occurrences, experiences, or observations For most of us, it can be a frequent record, if we will put a priority on it. I have had the experience of making more than one entry in a day, but who cares,...

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March For Life 2018–One Good Thought: Two Sparrows

March For Life 2018–One Good Thought: Two Sparrows

*This article was originally published by Family Life Ministry on January 31, 2017.  “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.”—Matthew 10:29 Yesterday I had a few tears to find my “Mama Bird” passed away in...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: Fountain of Youth

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Fountain of Youth

I have always said, “If you want to stay young, hang with young people.” This is no more true than what I have experienced being with the brilliant and holy young folks in the Orthodox Christian Fellowship where I live. The poem below is my tribute to OCF members everywhere....

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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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