On Raising Emotionally Healthy Children

On Raising Emotionally Healthy Children

Listen Now.  Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Dr. Gary Chapman about the importance of raising emotionally healthy children and teenagers.  Dr. Chapman is the author of The 5 Love Languages and Senior Associate Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He speaks with Fr. Chris about...

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Trusting the Gifts of Unanswered Prayers

Trusting the Gifts of Unanswered Prayers

It was not for this I prayed at the holy shrines That she would become As pitiless and cold As the storm on Hase’s Hills –Minamoto no Toshiyori (10th Century Japanese Poet) Have you ever prayed with great sincerity and fervor for something only to feel like those prayers have...

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8 Tips to Raise Children in Today’s World

8 Tips to Raise Children in Today’s World

Thirty-six years ago, I was blessed to marry a wonderful man. My husband, Jim, and I have two grown children and two beautiful grandchildren. The world is a different place than it was when we married. And tips about raising children in today’s world are invaluable. There are many challenges...

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A Celebration of Epiphany and the Spirit of Silence

A Celebration of Epiphany and the Spirit of Silence

It’s been four years since my mom passed away, and I thought I was getting the hang of it all, of moving through loss, accepting absence, and learning how to replace empty space with gratefulness. My Orthodox Christian faith and avid practice of yoga both underscore the power and opportunity...

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Why I Go to Church

Why I Go to Church

It’s Sunday morning. Maybe it’s raining outside. Maybe it’s a bit chilly. It’s a tempting thought to lay around in my pajamas, sipping coffee, and watching the Sunday morning news programs. When I was a young child, there was no such thing. It was church choir time, and we were...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: Baby in the House!

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Baby in the House!

The following is a departure from my usual MO. Here is a poem in free verse that represents a personal glimpse into the miraculous event known as having a baby. I hope you enjoy it. Baby in the House! We had been married only a month and she was pregnant...

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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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Book Review: When Mama Had Cancer

Book Review: When Mama Had Cancer

Cancer is big and scary. It’s a challenge to the whole family. It’s nearly impossible for adults to comprehend. It can be even more so bewildering and terrifying to children. Author Marjorie Kunch writes about her own Stage 3b breast cancer diagnosis in this calm, comforting story for young children....

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Care for the Caretaker

Care for the Caretaker

The 2017 Orthodox Family Ministry Conference was held near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from September 20 to 23. The host parish was All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the 2017 Family Ministry Conference focused on “The...

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13 Reasons Why You Really Need to Know What’s Going on with Your Teen

13 Reasons Why You Really Need to Know What’s Going on with Your Teen

“I hope you’re ready, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to these tapes, you’re one of the reasons why.”—Hannah Baker, 13 Reasons Why Have you heard about the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why? It’s caused...

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