A Celebration of Epiphany and the Spirit of Silence

A Celebration of Epiphany and the Spirit of Silence

It’s been four years since my mom passed away, and I thought I was getting the hang of it all, of moving through loss, accepting absence, and learning how to replace empty space with gratefulness. My Orthodox Christian faith and avid practice of yoga both underscore the power and opportunity...

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Holy Mountain: a universal presence and a heavenward orientation

Holy Mountain: a universal presence and a heavenward orientation

By Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaias and Lavreotikis The spiritual influence of Mount Athos is indisputable and certainly stems from the fact that many men have attained holiness through their secret ascetic struggles there. In recent years many pilgrims have found peace of mind and repose on the Mountain, together with spiritual...

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Η μεγάλη ψαριά

Η μεγάλη ψαριά

“Ο Θεός δεν ανταμείβει ποτέ τους κόπους των ανθρώπων τόσο πολύ, όσο ανταμείβει μια υπάκουη καρδιά…Ο πράος Κύριος στέκεται δίπλα στο πλοίο του καθενός μας και μας καλεί. Εκείνος, ο παντογνώστης Δημιουργός, ζητάει από τον καθένα μας να τον αφήσουμε να μπει στο πλοίο και να ταξιδέψουμε μαζί Του μακριά...

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A Call to Pilgrimage

A Call to Pilgrimage

My family and I were recently blessed to spend some time in the French Alps. These massive temples of stone and ice could leave the best poet without words, render the greatest orator speechless, and still the most skilled painter’s brush; for no human expression could possibly ever capture their...

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Faith: Part 1

Faith: Part 1

Faith is a complex virtue, which is not understandable by our mind, but by our heart. Just as one cannot have obedience without humility, one cannot have faith without also having ‘the fear of God’. “The ‘fear of God’ is the beginning of virtue and it is said to be...

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The SIN Challenge

The SIN Challenge

In this installment of Stewardship Calling, Bill Marianes begins to describe the “SIN Challenge” facing Christian churches. SIN stands for Spirituality, Income, and Numbers and Engagement. He focuses on the first of these, exploring how Spirituality should inform Stewardship in your parish.

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God’s Daily Gift:  the Changing Stream

God’s Daily Gift: the Changing Stream

I am, as those who know me well will attest, almost pathologically nostalgic, so that if someone created a 12-step program to cure nostalgia, I would certainly count as a candidate. Perhaps that is why I googled the name of Linda Meissner. (In the photo, taken around 1970, Linda Meissner...

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