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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Go Stand in the Corner: A Convert Reflects on Discipline

Go Stand in the Corner: A Convert Reflects on Discipline

From one of our bloggers! Go Stand in the Corner: A Convert Reflects on Discipline I grew up in the 1980s as part of a large Roman Catholic family. My grandmother had nine children, and counting cousins, we were a tribe. Any grown up member of the tribe could dole...

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Embracing All God’s Children, Part 5: Pastoral Concerns

Embracing All God’s Children, Part 5: Pastoral Concerns

As the parent of special needs children, church was often a challenge for us.  While most   of our time was spent serving smaller military chapels, a trip to a parish usually promised to be stressful – as my husband was serving in the altar and there were 5 children to tend to.  ...

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Looking Through Love

Looking Through Love

I was twelve years old and unable to appreciate the Biblical history of where we were, when we were on the island of Patmos, in the Dodecanese.  We were on a tour of their famous monastery and the cave where Saint John the Evangelist dictated the Apocalypse.  Instead of venerating the icons...

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Being Ready with a Defense

Being Ready with a Defense

How do we respond to defending our faith in dialogue, when we don’t want an argument?  In this episode, Fr. Chris speaks with Michael Tishel, CrossRoad Director and Office of Vocation & Ministry (OVM) Asst. Director,  on defending the faith in hostile and not-so-hostile situations.  As children return to school, they will...

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Children and Confession

Children and Confession

Does a second grader need to know about confession or are they too innocent? In this episode, Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Alexander Goussetis, pastor of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, in Lancaster, PA, to discuss when parents should start talking about the holy sacrament with their children. Allowing children to...

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When We Are Too Busy for Prayer

When We Are Too Busy for Prayer

Is prayer part of your daily life, or are you finding yourself out of time by the end of the day?  Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL about some concrete things you can do with your family to ensure everyone...

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The Children’s Word: How Good is Your Excuse?

The Children’s Word: How Good is Your Excuse?

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Pres. Alexandra wants to know how you get to church every Sunday. Do you go every week? Is there a good excuse if you don’t go? Read about...

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Our Children Reveal Our True Priorities at Christmas

Our Children Reveal Our True Priorities at Christmas

The Christmas season has arrived, and I find myself thinking about my most cherished memories from every Christmas prior. As a mom, I find it important to pass along as many of these treasured traditions to my children as possible. As I was thinking about this, I was wondering if...

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The Children’s Word: How to Praise God

The Children’s Word: How to Praise God

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Pres. Alexandra asks, “Do you praise God every day?” God gives us all our blessings, but we sometimes forget to say thank you. Read a story about a...

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