Treasuring Simplicity

Treasuring Simplicity

Orthodox Christians treasure simplicity. We venerate St Anthony the Great, and the countless monastics who followed him into the desert, forsaking the distractions of a sophisticated lifestyle for a place where they had nothing to worry about except following Christ and fighting the devil. We venerate the holy martyrs, who...

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On Grief and Providing Care

On Grief and Providing Care

Two related, but separate, topics come up when someone we know dies. The first topic is the person who has died: the circumstances around his death, what has become of him after death, and what he experiences now as someone departed. The second topic is our experience without that person...

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NY Times: The Math (and Chemistry) of Marriage

NY Times: The Math (and Chemistry) of Marriage

By Devan Sipher In 1986, Eric Moore sat just two seats away from Maria Nedwidek in an honors chemistry class at the renowned Stuyvesant High School in Lower Manhattan. And their yearbook photos were just two rows apart. Yet he rarely spoke to her. It wasn’t because of any antipathy....

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You Should Know What I Think By Now!

You Should Know What I Think By Now!

“We’ve been married all these years! You should know what I think by now!” How many times have you said these words – or thought them? Fr. George Morelli, Orthodox priest and clinical psychologist, joins Fr. Chris to talk about healthy ways to communicate in marriage. Even couples who have...

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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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Less Talk, More Action

Less Talk, More Action

In this episode, we learn the difference between verbal and non-verbal communication in the eyes of God.  It’s important that we tell others we love them, but it’s even more important to express it in our actions.  By doing this, we reveal to God the love that is truly in...

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How is Marriage Different?

How is Marriage Different?

Fr. Brendan Pelphrey speaks with Fr. Chris about marriage this week. How does it differ from a partnership or simply a love between two people? What is the Church’s view on marriages outside the Church, both historically and in the modern era? What is the primary purpose of marriage according...

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Jedi vs Sith: How to Agree to Disagree

Jedi vs Sith: How to Agree to Disagree

In this episode, we receive a quick lesson in how to find Christ in pop culture through a scene in the movie “Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith.” In the battle of good versus evil, we see a link to the definition of love in the Christian mindset,...

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God’s Unconditional Love for Us

God’s Unconditional Love for Us

How many times do we do something “without condition”? We work for a paycheck. Or we go to school for a degree—we study to pass a test. We strive for the praise of others. We work hard for acceptance. It seems that in almost everything we do, we put a...

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Fear is a Bad Decision-Maker

Fear is a Bad Decision-Maker

Fear is a bad decision-maker. It’s powerful, plausible, and thoroughly unreliable. It’s as likely to lead you straight into the fire as it is to save your life. Fear is as physical and blinding as hunger – necessary for your survival in rare, simple instances, destructive in all others. The...

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