They fear responsibility

They fear responsibility

Elder Gavriil Tsafos   Why do so many young people fear marriage? Because they’re afraid of the responsibilities. It’s not that there aren’t any good young people, but they fear responsibility. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of...

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On Preparing for Marriage – Starting Off on the Right Foot

On Preparing for Marriage – Starting Off on the Right Foot

Listen Now.  Are you getting married this year?  Have you been to a pre-marital class?  Join us for this discussion on topics you should talk about prior to getting married such as spiritual life, life long goals, and the meanings of your marriage commitment. For more, check out this article...

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For Couples – How Do You Give and Receive Love?

For Couples – How Do You Give and Receive Love?

Listen Now.  Join us today as we discuss a Christ-centered marriage and the five love languages, how couples give and receive love, and how we must learn to speak our spouse’s primary love language if we want that person to feel loved.  To learn more about the five love languages...

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The Balancing Act – Family Insight Podcast Series

The Balancing Act – Family Insight Podcast Series

Now that we’re full into summer, join us today as we continue our discussion on balancing work and play, while adding in private time for our own sanity and even time for our marriage.  There are some basic tools to help create intentionality in how we prioritize our family’s ways of...

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The Theology of Gender – 13. St. Basil’s pastoral care for the integrity of marriage

The Theology of Gender – 13. St. Basil’s pastoral care for the integrity of marriage

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   Since physical abuse of women and children was not a rare phenomenon for that era, when St. Basil disqualifies “abuse” as a cause for divorce, he does not refer to women subjected to severe violence. The Church Fathers did not ignore that reality is sometimes hard and...

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The Theology of Gender – 11. St. Basil’s canons on the issue of divorce and remarriage

The Theology of Gender – 11. St. Basil’s canons on the issue of divorce and remarriage

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   St. Basil’s canons on the issue of divorce and remarriage seem at first sight to treat man and woman differently, making it difficult for modern women to accept them. Nevertheless, careful examination of his general approach reveals his profound appreciation of both genders and his respect for...

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Of Heaven and Earth, Come Receive the Light Radio Interview

Of Heaven and Earth, Come Receive the Light Radio Interview

Can we create heaven here on earth?  Anxiety and depression are built in alarm systems that something in our core is not ok, says Presvytera Julie Honeycutt, a Christian IFS therapist in a conversation with Fr. Chris Metropulos. Therapy is about finding the root issue to healing and helping her client cultivate...

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And the Light shines in the Darkness: Come Receive the Light Radio Interview

And the Light shines in the Darkness: Come Receive the Light Radio Interview

Listen to this moving conversation between Fr. Chris Metropulos and Sandra Anderson about the Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage in Guatemala.  Sandra has been a long time supporter of the orphanage and shares the history and current work of this unique ministry to abandoned children in and around the Guatemala City area. Next, our guest host...

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Who’s responsible for a really Christian marriage?

Who’s responsible for a really Christian marriage?

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   The newly-weds are our spiritual children, members of our parishes. It’s the duty of clergy to celebrate the ‘feast’ of the couple in a splendid manner, with formality, seriousness and dignity, while at the same time preserving the corresponding religious and liturgical ethos. It’s a help...

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The husband as head of the wife and his responsibilities

The husband as head of the wife and his responsibilities

I’ve left the husband to last because he shoulders more of the burdens and is called upon to serve the family. But even in this sense, he’s considered, in our tradition, to be the head of the wife. The responsibilities of the husband as father are incomparably greater for another...

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