God Perfectly Loves Our Imperfections

God Perfectly Loves Our Imperfections

I am a self admitted perfectionist. In my work, home, and personal life, I struggle to do my absolute best. Sometimes I please others, sometimes I fall short. Over the years, I’ve learned that I cannot control the way others interpret what I do or say. Strive as I might,...

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Watching in the Dark: Horror Films and Spiritual Reality

Watching in the Dark: Horror Films and Spiritual Reality

Does the genre of horror complement the physical and spiritual parameters of our  current existence? It’s that time of year again when otherworldly creatures roam the streets.  Ghostly figures, warty faces, the walking dead – no, not NBN salespeople, but greedy children trick-or-treating. Another tradition is television networks filling their...

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Four Steps to Forgiving Financial Sins

Four Steps to Forgiving Financial Sins

You did all the right things when you developed your financial plan. You stated your goals, you developed your budget, and you swore up and down that you would save a certain amount of money per month. But it didn’t happen. Your credit score is bad, you had to borrow...

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Confessions of a Former Halloween Junkie

Confessions of a Former Halloween Junkie

Earlier this week, I got a phone call from my sister. We live three hours apart, and with eight young children between us, phone conversations are tricky and limited. Even with a 3 day old infant, though, my sister sounds chipper as she reflected on this summer-to-fall transition we find...

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Honey, what shall we do with our kids on Halloween?

Honey, what shall we do with our kids on Halloween?

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. (1 Co 10:23) Spending all my childhood and early youth in native Romania, I have to admit that I am not (yet) emotionally involved with all the...

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Bright Sadness: Learning Who We Are

Bright Sadness: Learning Who We Are

During the summer I’ve had the bright sadness of experiencing the deaths of five people close to me who I respected. In many cases, some of us didn’t learn significant details about the reposed until after their death. Peter, a longtime member of our parish, had been a rocket scientist...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: God is in Control…Really

Understanding and Living Our Faith: God is in Control…Really

“God’s Providence controls the universe. It is present everywhere. Providence is the sovereign Logos of God…” (St. Anthony the Great) At times our lives feel out of control. Things are happening to us and we don’t understand why. We may ask ourselves, “God, where are you?! Why won’t you help...

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Protecting the Church We Love

Protecting the Church We Love

The bark of the Christian Church sails through troubled waters these days. Mega-scandals have assaulted Christian communities throughout the United States and the world, scandals of a grave dimension, scandals which can only be described as sin, as the pervasiveness of evil, and as the failure of Christians and their...

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Asceticism or Pleasure?

Asceticism or Pleasure?

If I was to ask any Christian what is more detrimental to your spiritual life, asceticism or pleasure, I think the answer would be asceticism. Pleasure is good, it is what God wants for us, right…? Let us look at two examples from the Bible, the first is Solomon, who...

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Lifting Up the Precious Cross That We Love

Lifting Up the Precious Cross That We Love

The Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross that we celebrate every year on September 14 reveals an important lesson: there is a difference between the Cross as a theological construct and the Cross as a lived experience. Suffering with Gratefulness and Grace Fr. Dumitru Stăniloae (1903–1993) was...

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Honoring the Nativity of the Theotokos

Honoring the Nativity of the Theotokos

Sometimes in the Divine Services, we may be graced with a moment of clarity. Something touches us or we, at last, come to an awareness about something in our life. It’s only for a moment. We feel God so close to us. We may sense His mercy intensely for us....

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Finishing the Race: A Daughter’s Tribute

Finishing the Race: A Daughter’s Tribute

My mother died recently. My sisters and I ordered the marker, and I was confronted with the dash between the dates, the dash in place of 84 years of living. We gave up trying to write an obituary for mom. She did so much in her life, it would never...

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