A Posture of Joy

A Posture of Joy

I’ve been surprised by something recently that I shouldn’t have been surprised by: joy isn’t a by-product of happiness. In December on the Feast of St. Stephen, I married the most wonderful man I’ve ever known, who loves me in a deeper and more beautiful way than I ever even...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Knowing Joy

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Knowing Joy

God is everywhere, present in every place, and therefore that He is ever with me and within me, my heart expands; it is free, light, alive, and my mind is clear – I am in a joyful state.” (St. John of Krondstadt) As I write this blog, it is bright...

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The Joy of Palm Sunday

The Joy of Palm Sunday

REJOICE ALWAYS – Palm Sunday  A number of years ago during the years of communism, a certain old Romanian priest would never greet anyone with the typical “Hello” or “Good Morning”.  Instead, he greeted anyone he met with a radiant smile and the words “Rejoice always!”  Now this may seem like...

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Living in His Likeness

Living in His Likeness

There are moments in my spiritual walk when I am blessed to behold the beauty of God in a person or persons. For me the moments are few and far between, and when they do happen, I find myself feeling like St. Peter when he beheld the Transfigured Lord on...

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Intensity, Freedom, and Joy — A Lenten Message

Intensity, Freedom, and Joy — A Lenten Message

”THE DIVINE SERVICES OF THE CHURCH are words in which we converse and speak to God with our worship and with our love. The hours spent closest to Paradise are the hours spent in the church together with all our brethren when we celebrate the Divine Liturgy, when we sing...

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The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 3

The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 3

Joy of Liturgy When we gather together for the sacrament of the Eucharist, it is not yet the feast in the Father’s house, it is not yet the fulfillment of everything. Thus, we pray in the Liturgy that we may partake of God “more fully in the unwaning day” of...

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Remembering the GOOD as we Journey through Life

Remembering the GOOD as we Journey through Life

In this second of a two-part sermon series, Fr. Nicholas Louh continues his exploration in focusing on what is GOOD, continuing with our overall walk and journey through our lives. We are constantly beset by situations which are out of our control. We are surrounded by stresses and demands on...

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The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 1

The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 1

The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 1 of 3 When we speak about spiritual or religious things, all too often we use words without truly understanding their meaning. We speak of love, for example, but how many pause to ponder what it actually is? As priests, we repeat Christ’s...

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Daily Devotion: God Desires Joy

Daily Devotion: God Desires Joy

  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.  John 15:10-11  Good morning...

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Sermon Series on Philippians: Chapter Three, Living Heaven Minded

Sermon Series on Philippians: Chapter Three, Living Heaven Minded

In this third of a four​-​part series on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians, Fr. Nicholas Louh reminds us that the primary theme of Philippians is JOY, a word that occurs 16 times in the Epistle. The only way to gain eternal joy is to recognize that it must be...

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