Nicholas Papas, Author at Orthodox Christian Network

Message of Love

As a teenager, I came back from church camp and was asked to share my thoughts about my adventure with the congregation. It was, I suspect, a combination of lack of sleep, the emotional high of that type of experience topped off with plain old stage fright, but about all Read more…

One in Christ, One in Communion

In my former home parish of Saint Michael, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, I incorporated a stylized wheat and grapevine motif into the walls’ adornment. While they are a lovely choice visually, the real beauty is in their meaning. Grapes and wheat are food plants, but significantly and especially, they produce food which Read more…

I Have a Boo-Boo

On our way to the coffee shop, Zoe kept slipping into random stores and announcing to the strangers she met that she had a “boo-boo.” Either that or that her name was “Yo-ee”. Since she was facing away from me, and since she has the pronunciation acuity of a 2-year-old, Read more…

A Map to Paradise

While nakedness and being clothed are interesting as spiritual topics on which to meditate, my grandson clearly has his own opinion. He loves nakedness, namely his own! Grandson Max is, in general, a very happy baby. However, he launches into a whole other level of happiness when it is bath Read more…

What Do You See?

“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” This sentiment from George Bernard Shaw was often related to me by my Dad. And for those of us who know what it is like to hear often-repeated sentiments from our Dads, we know that eventually Read more…

Adam and Eve cast out of Eden

Is It Funny?

My granddaughter is 2-and-a-half years old now. For anyone who has been around a toddler, you will know that this means the dawn of strong willfulness. As a grandfather, I can step back in a way that I could not as a father, and observe and (trying very hard to Read more…

How Much Can We Bear?

At times pop cultural, classical and ecclesiastical literature, music and art deal with the idea of awareness, openness and the ability to absorb “Light”. Christians might notice this theme, found in so many creative outlets, as being a hint or shadow of the deep truth found in the “Light” of Read more…