How to Live in the Jordan

How to Live in the Jordan

In a house full of children, a mother has to wake up early to hear the silence. An hour before sunrise, an alarm set quiet wakes me from sleep. That’s when I open my eyes and I listen. I make sure no one’s stirring, make certain this house lies covered...

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Why Are You In Church?

Why Are You In Church?

Countless men and women over the centuries have defended the Truth of Orthodox Christianity, sometimes offering their blood in martyrdom. Why would someone stand up with such boldness? Why Orthodoxy and not some other Church? Why are you a member of the Orthodox Church and not some other Church? Have...

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Of Angels and Demons

Of Angels and Demons

We Orthodox confess that we are amphibians—that is, that we are part animal, part angelic, that we simultaneously inhabit both the visible and the invisible world, the realms of both men and spirits. We have prayers in our daily prayer rule to our guardian angel, and we ask for help...

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Who Told You You’re Not Good Enough?

Who Told You You’re Not Good Enough?

Mother Theresa, Father Arseny, St. John Maximovitch, St. Seraphim of Sarov, St. Christina, Martin Luther King Jr, Jack Lalanne, Helen Keller, Abraham Lincoln… These are just some of my heroes, the people that have inspired me. But most of all, I just want to be like Jesus. After all, we...

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Faith – Part 2

Faith – Part 2

In this second podcast about faith, Veronica Hughes will explore the relationship between faith and illumination, our regeneration in grace, and our second baptism. “We all receive the first illumining at baptism, and the second through faith and the fulfilling of the commandments of the Lord.” Stay tuned for this...

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The Great Confusion

The Great Confusion

Recently, I went to a talent show at my kids’ school. It was enjoyable to watch an entirely random blend of performances unfolding in front of a room full of parents eager to applaud at the slightest hint of aptitude showing on the stage. I know this because I was...

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Abba Anthony on the Three Wars

Abba Anthony on the Three Wars

Abba Anthony, also known as Saint Anthony the Great, said, “Whoever sits in solitude and is quiet has escaped from three wars: the war of hearing, the war of speaking, the war of seeing. Then there is only one war left to fight. That is the battle for your own...

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Ομολογία “έμπροσθεν των ανθρώπων”

Ομολογία “έμπροσθεν των ανθρώπων”

Ο Δημήτρης Καραβασίλης ακολουθώντας την ευαγγελική περικοπή της Α Ματθαίου υπενθυμίζει οτι όλοι μας, ακολουθώντας τα χνάρια των Αποστόλων, των Αγίων, των μαρτύρων, οφείλουμε να δώσουμε μαρτυρία Χριστού έμπροσθεν των ανθρώπων, να άρουμε τον σταυρό που μας αναλογεί με πίστη και αγάπη για τον Κύριο. Posted by the Orthodox Christian...

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Comparing Married Life and Monastic Life

Comparing Married Life and Monastic Life

In Orthodox Christianity, both marriage and monasticism are understood to be vocations. Each of these two great callings can be a pathway to God, and both are holy and sacred. Listen now as Fr. Nicholas Apostola draws on his memories of Romanian monastics in exile during the Communist period to...

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The Scriptural Foundation of Stewardship – Part 2

The Scriptural Foundation of Stewardship – Part 2

This is the second of a multi-part series that explores the Scriptural foundation of stewardship. The Holy Gospel is the greatest book ever written that teaches, describes and explains true Christian Stewardship. In this episode, we learn about three further elements of true stewardship from Scripture: (1) What am I supposed to do with all...

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