Seizing THIS Moment, Part Three: Assessing our friendships.

Seizing THIS Moment, Part Three: Assessing our friendships.

In this third of a four-part series, Fr. Nicholas Louh reflects on the influence our circle of friends may have on us. We are all the product of the relationships we have had in our upbringing and life. We need to regularly assess whether we are surrounded by friends who...

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A Recent Miracle of St. Luke the Blessed Surgeon

A Recent Miracle of St. Luke the Blessed Surgeon

Whenever OCN publishes something about St. Luke the Blessed Surgeon, people are amazed at his life and inspired by his witness. Although a Russian saint, his fame has spread throughout the Orthodox world. One reason for St. Luke’s growing international popularity is the regular stream of reports about his wonder-working...

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A World-Renown Doctor Turned Russian Orthodox Bishop and Saint

A World-Renown Doctor Turned Russian Orthodox Bishop and Saint

In 1905, a young Russian doctor volunteered to work for the Red Cross. In his memoirs he wrote: For thirteen years I worked twelve to fourteen hours a day. I was thinking seriously of abandoning the rural hospital in order to travel to distant villages where the people were poor...

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Suffering

Suffering

Why does God allow suffering? Everyone knows firsthand that people suffer, but do they have to suffer to be “good” Christians? What’s so wrong with trying to avoid suffering? Why not strive for a life without suffering? While everyone experiences suffering, nobody enjoys it, but God blesses it especially when...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 33

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 33

Matthew 14:13-27 Feeding the Five Thousand/ Walking on the Water Feeding the Five Thousand What is your ROI? You give them something and eat- Jesus calls the Apostles to action Send them away- why this response? What is the significance of the 5 loaves and 2 fish? 5 loaves- 5...

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Mud and Miracles

Mud and Miracles

Saint Macrina the Younger was born in approx. 327 AD and died in 389 AD. She and her brother St. Basil worked together to establish and regularize the monastic movement in the Orthodox Church in Asia Minor. This is a fictional story based on an episode recorded by Macrina’s younger...

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