Raising Family in the Image of the Theotokos

Raising Family in the Image of the Theotokos

Almost 35 years ago, I chose to leave the Canadian military and get married. My mother was not impressed. She had spent her entire adult life trying to be someone other than a wife and mother and was hoping her daughters would continue the battle. She felt I was giving...

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Let’s Talk About It – Family Insights Podcast Series

Let’s Talk About It – Family Insights Podcast Series

Join us today as we discuss Postpartum Depression and how women involved in a faith community may have additional stressors that prevent them from seeking help.  Voicing the struggle and depression that sometimes come along with a new baby can seem to imply that you are overlooking the joy in...

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The Common Bond of Motherhood

The Common Bond of Motherhood

An expectant mother holds her belly and feels her baby kick inside. A young woman wipes her child’s tears and kisses him afterwards. A grandmother gently tells her grandchild that she loves her. Even though a mother and daughter are separated by miles, their love for each other is never...

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Christmas and the Celebration of Life

Christmas and the Celebration of Life

Is there a more thrilling time of year than Advent? It always seems a little easier to smile during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. There’s more music in the air, more light in the heart. Growing up as a fairly typical American kid, Christmas was just as much...

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Motherhood as imitation of the selfless love of Christ

Motherhood as imitation of the selfless love of Christ

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis The truth of the Church regarding the equivalent position of women and men has been maintained even in times which were difficult for women in society, such as when the Turks occupied Greece. Indicative of this are the words of the great teacher of the Greeks, Kosmas...

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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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The Joyfulness of Motherhood — from a Man’s Perspective: A Reflection on the Theotokos

The Joyfulness of Motherhood — from a Man’s Perspective: A Reflection on the Theotokos

Needless to say, I am not a woman who can speak with confidence about female matters in a convincing sort of way. I was raised to have the utmost respect for those persons about whom I know very little or nothing at all, never to judge them based on my...

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Holy Motherhood

Holy Motherhood

Mothers’ Day is a day to honor our mothers, those holy women who gave us life. This week’s episode of Be Transfigured is dedicated to honoring Holy Motherhood. Holy Motherhood is different than birds caring for chicks in their nests. Holy Motherhood doesn’t end with mere physical labor. Holy Motherhood...

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Paper Plates

Paper Plates

For years, my mother pleaded with me to use paper plates during stressful times in my life. “Annie, why are you staying up to wash dishes after you get the baby to bed?! The Earth will be fine if you use paper plates at dinner. Recycle them if you feel...

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The Mother of God and the Mother of “Gods”

The Mother of God and the Mother of “Gods”

As we continue our jubilant πανήγυρις during these days following this great feast of the Church, alternately called the “Summer Pascha”, we recall not only the Virgin Mary’s finiteness as a mortal human being who entered into the glory of her risen Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, but we also...

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