When Our Children Leave the Nest

When Our Children Leave the Nest

  Although we raise our children to be independent, did we prepare ourselves to live independently of them?  It can be a very trying time for parents and marriages when the children move on and out.   Speaking with Fr. Chris about “empty nesters” is Anastasia Kruse, a Licensed Clinical Professional...

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Of Icons and Akathists

Of Icons and Akathists

It’s a warm June evening, and the nave glows in the long golden light that filters through the windows in the dome. The church is light and airy, and makes me think that some of the glory of Hagia Sophia is captured here, in this tiny wood and glass building....

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Children and Confession

Children and Confession

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/Fr_Alex_Goussetis_Confession_mixed.mp3 Does a second grader need to know about confession or are they too innocent? In this episode, Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Alexander Goussetis, to discuss when parents should start talking about the holy sacrament with their children. Allowing children to be comfortable with the process of confession before...

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The Joyfulness of Motherhood — from a Man’s Perspective: A Reflection on the Theotokos

The Joyfulness of Motherhood — from a Man’s Perspective: A Reflection on the Theotokos

Needless to say, I am not a woman who can speak with confidence about female matters in a convincing sort of way. I was raised to have the utmost respect for those persons about whom I know very little or nothing at all, never to judge them based on my...

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When We Are Too Busy for Prayer

When We Are Too Busy for Prayer

Is prayer part of your daily life, or are you finding yourself out of time by the end of the day?  Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL about some concrete things you can do with your family to ensure everyone...

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Raising Independent Children to be Dependent on God

Raising Independent Children to be Dependent on God

How can parents cultivate a relationship between God and their children?  Fr. Timothy Pavlatos, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Nationally Certified Counselor, speaks with Emmy Louvaris to tell us how. Listen as they discuss how modeling forgiveness, trust, repentance, and love makes all the difference.  You won’t...

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Throwback Thursday: Raising Boys into Orthodox Christian Men

Throwback Thursday: Raising Boys into Orthodox Christian Men

Let’s hear it for the boys! This week​,​ our Throwback Thursday edition goes back to June 17, 2006 and addresses parenting in honor of Father’s Day. Listen as Fr. Chris speaks to his congregation on the importance of modeling proper Christian virtues to our children. And keep listening for our...

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Expectations of Fatherhood Today

Expectations of Fatherhood Today

Is the role of fatherhood getting in the way of parenting? Are you terrified at the thought of an emotional connection? Listen as our guest host, Emmy Louvaris, speaks with George Papageorge, a marriage and family therapist in Pleasanton, CA, on fatherhood and the challenges men face when they ​pay too...

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The Sacred Role of Fatherhood

The Sacred Role of Fatherhood

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/crtl061315wv.mp3 Are we surprised when we see the lack of solid parental influence on kids in malls, movies, and TV shows? Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis, the priest of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL, speaks with Fr. Chris Metropulos on parenting; more specifically, fatherhood. There is a reason God...

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Teach Your Children Well

Teach Your Children Well

All parents in every generation worry about their kids, and try to keep them safe. They do this not only by not letting them play in traffic or jab sharp sticks into hornets’ nests, but also by warning them against perennial dangers. In my gentler generation, my parents warned me...

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