Defining Orthodoxy: The Eternal, Timeless Love Story of God and Man

Defining Orthodoxy: The Eternal, Timeless Love Story of God and Man

Recently I had a fascinating conversation with a childhood friend of mine who is an atheist. He asked me, “What is the core essence of Orthodox Christianity?” and “Why do you live and pray the way you do? Why does this stuff matter to you?” Here is my reflection after...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: The Downside of Books and the Written Word

Understanding and Living Our Faith: The Downside of Books and the Written Word

“The person who is in communion with Him who inspired those who wrote the Divine Scriptures, and is initiated by Him into the undivulged secrets of the hidden mysteries, will himself be an inspired book to others…” (St. Symeon the New Theologian) I love books. I read constantly, usually reading...

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The Moves to Transcend Idolatry in Ancient Philosophy and Modern Idolatries

The Moves to Transcend Idolatry in Ancient Philosophy and Modern Idolatries

Protopresbyter Nikolaos Loudovikos The ancient Greeks came down into what became their territory at the beginning of the 2nd millennium B.C. They were an Indo-European tribe with a particular historical dynamism which would be strengthened by their encounter with indigenous, pre-Greek tribes, such as the Pelasgians and with those from...

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Holistic Faith

Holistic Faith

The term holistic means working with nature rather than against it. And faith is belief that calls one to act. When we cooperate with God, His mercy becomes more apparent to us. God’s mercy enables one to fathom the natural meaning of life: belonging to Jesus Christ. One’s will to...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Dealing with the Noise and Pace of Life

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Dealing with the Noise and Pace of Life

“When God the Logos created human nature, He did not make the senses susceptible either to pleasure or pain; instead, He implanted in it a certain noetic capacity through which men could enjoy Him in an inexpressible way.” (St. Maximos the Confessor) It is impossible to experience God’s presence in...

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Embracing Life Eternal Both Now and Ever…

Embracing Life Eternal Both Now and Ever…

The first of January is the beginning of the New Year, and at the same time, the end of the old one. The Romans named this month January based on Janus, one of their pagan deities, the god of all beginning and all ends. He was represented with two heads,...

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The Value of Slowing Down and Listening

The Value of Slowing Down and Listening

Those who know me will realize this is from almost 20 years ago, but I read it from time to time, so I am reminded of the lesson I learned back then. I have been driving on the interstate highways too much lately, figuratively and realistically. I reached that conclusion...

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An Orthodox Education

An Orthodox Education

“You sing this one.” The head chanter points at me. I’ve been at my parish assignment for a few months. At seminary, I’m taking my first semester of chant. I’ve been recording Matins on my phone every Sunday and practicing at home. This particular melody runs easily through my head,...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — What’s So Divine About The Divine Liturgy? — Part 2:  A Brief History of Time

Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — What’s So Divine About The Divine Liturgy? — Part 2: A Brief History of Time

With Apologies to Stephen Hawking for the borrowed phrase, we now dive into what the Divine Liturgy is about, starting at the very beginning. The first declaration is the Priest’s intonation: “Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” We’ll stop here because this...

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Ancient Christian Prayer, Beyond “Christian Yoga”: Part 2

Ancient Christian Prayer, Beyond “Christian Yoga”: Part 2

Both yoga and prayer can be spiritual and physical disciplines, but prayer is more than what I can do with my body and in my mind. Prayer centers me in Jesus Christ by the effort I make to say His name, acknowledge His presence, and believe that He is God...

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