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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Turning to Christ When Losing Someone You Love

Turning to Christ When Losing Someone You Love

Listen Now.  Join us today as we discuss grief, sadness, and processing the loss of someone close to your heart.  Focusing on Christ, and keeping your eyes on HIM, will help you find clarity and acceptance for what you are feeling and experiencing as you grieve and will also help...

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A Mother’s Day Meditation

A Mother’s Day Meditation

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and I’m in a horrible mood. The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. And the social media posts are dripping with sentiment and joy. Everywhere I turn, commercials on radio, TV, even promotions in the yoga studio where I practice and teach are taunting me...

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Waiting and Being

Waiting and Being

It’s Holy Week, and my cat is dying. She is old, older than we had thought, and her kidneys are diseased. Other than alleviating her symptoms, there is nothing we can do. There is no cure for this. So we hydrate her, feed her, pet her, cuddle her, love her,...

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The Mystery of Death and Resurrection

The Mystery of Death and Resurrection

During the past several months, I have have gotten hooked on the soundtrack to the newest Broadway hit musical, Hamilton. Historically meticulous and set to a hip-hop score, it chronicles the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s lesser-known Founding Fathers. In a brilliant stylistic choice, the play is narrated by...

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Surrendering to Christ

Surrendering to Christ

Have you been told to “Let go and let God”? Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Dr. Albert Rossi, a clinical psychologist who teaches courses in pastoral theology at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. They discuss the Orthodox understanding of this famous phrase and of letting go. How do we surrender? Trying...

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Throwback Thursday: Whose Sin Is It, Anyway?

Throwback Thursday: Whose Sin Is It, Anyway?

What’s the difference between being born into sin and carrying the guilt of Adam and Eve?  Listen as Fr. Chris and Fr. Steven discuss this deep and often misunderstood theology of original sin, as we take you back to July 16, 2011.  Fr. Steven Ritter is Pastor of St. James...

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Should You Protect Children From Grief?

Should You Protect Children From Grief?

Grief and loss due to the death of a loved one are hard to experience and many want to protect children from these emotions by telling them their loved ones have “fallen asleep” or “Jesus took them.” In today’s episode Fr. Chris speaks with Maria Scaros Mercado, a licensed creative...

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Helping Children Grieve

Helping Children Grieve

Grief and loss due to the death of a loved one are hard to experience, and many want to protect children from these emotions by telling them their loved ones have “fallen asleep” or “Jesus took them.”  In today’s episode Fr. Chris speaks with  Maria Scaros Mercado, a licensed creative arts psychotherapist...

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On Grief and Providing Care

On Grief and Providing Care

Two related, but separate, topics come up when someone we know dies. The first topic is the person who has died: the circumstances around his death, what has become of him after death, and what he experiences now as someone departed. The second topic is our experience without that person...

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