Tom Mitrakos is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Political Science and Economics, was co-captain of the football team, and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. He also has a teaching degree in secondary education, and taught Sunday school for 15 years at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh. For the past 35 years he has been a homebuilder. He has made many pilgrimages to Mt. Athos and to the U.S. monasteries of St. Anthony’s in Arizona, Holy Archangels in Texas, and St. Nectarios in New York. He was instrumental in establishing the first Greek Orthodox monastery in America for Elder Ephraim, in an effort to help monasticism gain a foothold in America. Tom created and has been writing the Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints & Fasting Calendar for the last 20 years. It is sold in the United States, Canada, and around the world, and can be purchased online at www.LivesoftheSaintsCalendar.com. His other book, Wisdom of the Divine Philosophers, is a compilation of wisdom and writings of the saints, which are categorized by subject, such as humility, sin, love, faith, etc. He also writes a satire column for local newspapers about things that set his teeth on edge, and will soon be writing a blog for the Huffington Post. Tom is married to Georgia, and they have three talented sons – Nicholas, Michael, and Gabriel.
I’ve read that the devil’s greatest weapon is to convince us that he doesn’t exist. But when I see the fairy tales and cute images that have been woven into the tapestry of our society, that hide the truth of sacred events, the intrigue becomes crystal clear to me.
So here we are in the Paschal Season, the greatest feast of the Orthodox Church, which takes me through the horrendous agony of the suffering and death of the Creator of the universe every year during Holy Week. And when I hear the greeting, “Happy Easter,” which sounds a lot like, “Have a nice weekend” or “Have a good one,” it makes my skin crawl.
The word Easter has its roots in paganism. Eastre was the Teutonic goddess of spring. The word ‘Easter’ is never used in the original Scriptures. This Christian feast day has degenerated, atrophied, and is gasping for air in secular society. Fortunately, Peter Cottontail has manned up and filled the void. And I’m wondering if he hops around anywhere near Golgotha on the bunny trail. The rabbit was known as the pagan sexual symbol of fertility, but now he just delivers free baskets filled with chocolate icons of himself to kids everywhere.
Doesn’t that remind you of the other Christian holiday that’s politically correct and also on life support – the birth of God? Now we got a fat guy named, sort of, St. Nicholas, sliding down chimneys, even if a house doesn’t have one, giving people all over the world something for nothing, and in just one night. Amazingly, the stuff all fits into one sleigh powered by turbo-charged venison.
Then there’s the free candy grab in October to celebrate the dark side. Have you ever wondered who thinks all this garbage up? Might have been the ancestors of today’s political spin-doctors.
Remember, evil needs good to hide behind, but good does not need evil. Which brings me to the big question. What parent would be cruel enough to rob his child of these festive giveaways from benevolent cartoon characters? A parent who has the courage to tell his kid the way it is, and the way it ain’t.
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