Be a Man

Be a Man

  Do you know what it means to be a man? The definition of manhood has changed throughout history and varies throughout cultures.  Are “real” men hunters?  Are they protectors?  Do men nurture and allow themselves to be vulnerable? I’ve recently seen an ad for Faithtree, a ministry of St. Michael...

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Changing Your World, Part 3: Loving Your World

Changing Your World, Part 3: Loving Your World

We all have someone who accepted us into their influence and gave us encouragement, respect, hope.  It is now our turn to accept new people into our circle of influence, expanding it in a way that would please God.  Comparing Christ’s open arms as He hung on the cross, our...

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Speaking to Secular America: Parents as Youth Directors

Speaking to Secular America: Parents as Youth Directors

    During Speaking to Secular America Conference, hosted by the Missions Institute at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Fr. Theodore Dorrance spoke about how our parishes can reach out to the nonreligious in our communities. Fr. Theodore is the pastor of St. John the Baptist...

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Yes Melanie, There Is a Santa Claus

Yes Melanie, There Is a Santa Claus

  As a child I remember him – the warm, benevolent visitor who magically ate our Christmas cookies and left behind a slew of beautiful presents for my brothers and me. But more so, I remember him as a god-like figure. He was all-good, all-knowing, all-loving and I just imagined...

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Changing Your World, Part 2: Influencing Your World with Love.

Changing Your World, Part 2: Influencing Your World with Love.

The Devil tries to defeat you with lies that you don’t have influence in the lives of people.  But you have influencing power over your world.  And it isn’t what you say that affects people the most but what you do.  Referring to Acts 16:22-31, Fr. Nicholas refers to the...

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Potamitis Publishing and Their Calling

Potamitis Publishing and Their Calling

  Children love the saints and reading about the saints in books by Potamitis Publishing.  Dionysios Potamitis is the owner of Potamitis Publishing, a family publishing house that is dedicated to dogmatically correct, beautifully illustrated and intriguing books for Orthodox Children around the Globe.  But he isn’t a businessman, he...

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The Church as Memory Palace

The Church as Memory Palace

    Why We Need to Take Our Children to Liturgy Have you ever found yourself remembering a place while you think? I remember the first time I noticed this habit in myself. In 7th grade, I went to my mom, also an avid reader, one night after finishing an...

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Insight to Adoption

Insight to Adoption

November is National Adoption Month.  Jennifer Hock has joined Fr. Chris to share her experience as a foster and adoption parent in this episode of Orthodox Family & Faith.   Listen as Jennifer reveals the blessings, rewards, and challenges of being a foster parent.  She also discusses how writing about...

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The Lord of the Dance

The Lord of the Dance

  When my son Michael – who has special needs – is excited, or when he is trying to get a burp to come out, he does a little dance.  It’s not the kind of bouncing up and down dance that little toddlers do when they try to keep time...

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Parenting Living Icons

Parenting Living Icons

  At the Missions Institute conference, Speaking to Secular America, Dr. Philip Mamalakis, the Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at Holy Cross Greek School of Theology, gave an inspiring and thought provoking talk on raising children in the Orthodox Christian faith Dr. Mamalakis raised the all too familiar plethora of...

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