Can I Fast from Social Media?: A Holy Week Meditation

Can I Fast from Social Media?: A Holy Week Meditation

Do I have to fast from food or can I fast from social media? This is a very common question and sometimes makes sense to a lot of us, because social media can be more distracting to our spiritual life than food. How about if I am vegetarian does that...

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Fighting a Cross-Less Christianity

Fighting a Cross-Less Christianity

One of the most difficult things for human persons to face is rejection.  Think of a time in your life when you felt rejected. Think of the feelings you had – sadness, betrayal, alienation and aloneness, and, for even a moment, a bitter lack of love and confidence in oneself....

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Evangelism—I Care About My (Non-Christian) Neighbor’s Salvation

Evangelism—I Care About My (Non-Christian) Neighbor’s Salvation

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. As He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a...

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The Community of Christians: A Wondrous Network

The Community of Christians: A Wondrous Network

It is quite easy to be dismissive of the power that can be found in the Church, the Body of Christ. But there is a spiritual power and a physical edification that awaits any individual who involves themselves in fostering community with fellow Christians. This should be considered a necessity...

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This Is the Faith of the Apostles

This Is the Faith of the Apostles

The noted American historian, Dr. Henry Glassie, once observed, “History is not the past. History is a story about the past, told in the present, and designed to be useful in creating the future.” On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the First Sunday of Great Lent, we naturally look back at...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: How We Experience Lent and Fasting

Understanding and Living Our Faith: How We Experience Lent and Fasting

“Many Christians, unaware of the great value of fasting, either keep the fast with difficulty or reject it altogether. We should not be afraid to fast but embrace it with joy.” (St. John Chrysostom) Fasting is so much more then abstaining from certain foods. Christ reminds us in the Gospels...

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When You Can’t Get What You Want

When You Can’t Get What You Want

We know what kids and celebrity divas do when they can’t get what they want. They throw a hissy fit. They get all hysterical, throw tantrums, say stupid stuff, attract attention, and thrash about. Obviously, that’s not normal. Most mature people just take it in the gut and move on....

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: When Cynicism is Sin-a-cism

Understanding and Living Our Faith: When Cynicism is Sin-a-cism

I think cynicism is part of the zeitgeist today, or spirit of the age. Judging by global online comments I see on social media it would seem cynicism is a worldwide issue. I believe that for many of us, we need to crucify cynicism in our hearts. We understand sin...

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A Ministry of Care

A Ministry of Care

As our parents age, we may find our roles reversed. Where our moms and dads previously cared for and nurtured us, we often become their caregivers eventually. Whether you have two parents or one, it can be challenging to assist while maintaining your own emotional and mental well being. When...

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Lost in New Year’s Resolutions

Lost in New Year’s Resolutions

Every New Year countless resolutions are sworn into completion: I want to be more fit, I want to lose weight, I want to quit smoking, I want to speak Spanish, and so on. Most of these ambitious dreams, however, remain just that, dreams left behind together with the prepaid fee...

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For Whom Will You Speak?

For Whom Will You Speak?

At a theological conference held recently in Brazil, His Eminence Archbishop Anastasios, Primate of All Albania, challenged the Orthodox participants. “Woe to us if, in this 21st century, we surrender the initiative for social justice to others, as we have done in past centuries, while we confine ourselves to our opulent...

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My Uneasy Walk to Orthodox Christianity

My Uneasy Walk to Orthodox Christianity

I would love to be completely immersed in the Orthodox faith. The desire is there, but the distance (between the closest parish, other Orthodox Christians, and me) provides a very deep spiritual conundrum for me. It is not a matter of “do I continue on my journey to one day...

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