The Little Whisper – Are You Listening?

The Little Whisper – Are You Listening?

It was a typical cloudy, drizzly morning in a Seattle suburb near my home. I had just taken my dog for a walk in a park near my daughter’s school. Funny how empty the park is today, I thought to myself. Usually, there were at least a few people on...

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Apostles Fast Activities for Children

Apostles Fast Activities for Children

We are about to enter the Apostles fast, which is almost certainly the least appreciated fast of the church calendar. Sometimes it can feel like we just finished Great Lent and started celebrating Pascha when the Apostles’ fast arrives. Now when summer is just beginning, we have to fast again,...

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How do you take God on vacation?

How do you take God on vacation?

As a child, oftentimes my parents taught me how to live our faith without ever speaking a single word. Their actions spoke volumes in the silence as we watched and learned by their side. As a parent now myself, I mimic these same unspoken lessons to my own children in...

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My Great-Grandmother’s Offering

My Great-Grandmother’s Offering

Last week, I baked prosphora for the first time in a while. This is such a special blessing for an Orthodox Christian! To give an offering to our Creator, created from our own hands, one that will be transformed by the Holy Spirit and then returned to us as the...

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Holy Fist Bumps and Raising Children

Holy Fist Bumps and Raising Children

This past Sunday, I received a holy fist bump. Yes, I am serious, a holy fist bump. It was given to me by a nervous 8-year-old new altar boy. It is a story of raising our children in trust that the Lord will supplement our feeble efforts with his grace...

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How to Celebrate Name Days with Our Children

How to Celebrate Name Days with Our Children

Dinner has ended and the sweet aroma of name day bread is wafting its way towards the table where four anxious children await a slice. You see…today is my son, Christopher’s, name day and we are just about to begin our family’s name day tradition. This is our settling down...

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The Power of Positive Discipline

The Power of Positive Discipline

When I was having my first child, I heard about many parenting books I should read. And I avoided them like the plague. After all, none of the “experts” agree on the best way to raise children. Some take the Old Testament stance “spare the rod spoil the child.” Others...

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Your Marriage is a Journey

Your Marriage is a Journey

Dr. Philip Mamalakis, a licensed marriage and family therapist, recently authored a marriage preparation book and course entitled “The Journey of Marriage.” Hear about not only the vision behind the book and course, but also about what the calling of marriage means on a daily basis, as well as some...

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A Baby-Friendly Parish

A Baby-Friendly Parish

“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 10:14) Does your parish welcome little children? Of course you love kids. Like mine, yours is a probably a church where adults rejoice to worship with young ones, and...

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How to Talk to Your Kids about Sex

How to Talk to Your Kids about Sex

Fr. Jason Roll, Director of the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, offers his thoughts on how we can talk with our kids about abstinence, birth control, and abortion. We’ll also hear about a book entitled Orthodox Christian Parenting: Cultivating God’s Creation.

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