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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Joy Has Come to All the World

Joy Has Come to All the World

Three weeks have passed since the Paschal celebration​,​ and I am still basking in the afterglow. I look back at the images and videos from the days leading up to Pascha and the great feast itself​,​ and I am filled with such great joy, and no wonder! “For behold, through...

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Fr. Roman: Come Unto Me

Fr. Roman: Come Unto Me

Over the Christmas holidays, I was driving to the mall. I became weirdly engrossed about all the “stuff” that I needed to get done. The pressures of the season began to build and build. I grew more and more upset by the minute. I got cranky. Even cranky with God....

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Fr. Roman Braga’s Spirituality of Joy

Fr. Roman Braga’s Spirituality of Joy

Two days ago, I saw various reports online that Fr. Roman Braga is ill. He was the definitive influence on my life as a teen, and my confessor for many years. So, I went to YouTube to hear his voice again. There’s one documentary about his suffering for 11 years...

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Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part 2)

Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part 2)

Read Part 1 here. I ran across a compelling quote from the pen of St. John Chrysostom, which I believe is very telling of the spiritual poverty people experience in our day and age. This spiritual poverty is a serious self-inflicted disease which, unlike most physical maladies, can only be...

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Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part I)

Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part I)

I still recall the excitement I felt as a youth growing up in Boston (and even now as an adult!) when attending a professional sports event. Wearing the home jersey, the actual trip to the arena, the multitudes of people all there for the same reason, the lights and sounds,...

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