The Real Endgame

The Real Endgame

Avengers: Endgame was released in theaters two weeks ago and is the culmination of 11 years and 22 superhero films. At the time of this writing, the movie is currently sitting at the second highest-grossing movie of all time, the most tweeted about movie of all time, the #1 pre-release...

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Letting Jesus Get Close to Us

Letting Jesus Get Close to Us

The internationally known journalist, cultural critic, and scholar of the English language, H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) of Baltimore, regarded the ninth chapter of St. John’s Gospel as the best crafted short story in all of world literature. It is this chapter (John 9:1-38) that forms the foundation for this Sunday’s...

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The Paralytic: Hope, Healing, and Heralding

The Paralytic: Hope, Healing, and Heralding

On the third Sunday after Holy Pascha we hear the story of Jesus healing the Paralytic at Bethsaida (John 5:1-15). This passage is taken from what Biblical scholars have designated as “The Book of Signs,” i.e. John 1:19 through John 12. It precedes “The Book of Glory,” which deals with Christ’s Paschal Mystery...

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Christians to the Paschal Victim Give Praise!

Christians to the Paschal Victim Give Praise!

As we remember the days of Christ’s final ordeal, the Church feels an oppressive silence at the death of her Lord, a silence that penetrates to the depths of the heart of every disciple, then and now, who stands wordless before the Cross. It is the silence after an execution....

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Fellowship of His Sufferings

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Fellowship of His Sufferings

“The fellowship of His sufferings” is, of course, the widely-known phrase written by my dear Patron St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians. I have found myself puzzled by what has seemed in the past to be a lofty and somewhat inaccessible concept. This also has come under much...

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Meeting Christ: An Encounter She Would Never Forget

Meeting Christ: An Encounter She Would Never Forget

Continuing the post-Paschal themes of healing, transformation and belief in the risen Christ, this Sunday we visit John 4:5-42, wherein we hear of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman (St. Photini) at the well. In this passage, Jesus talks more to this one woman than in any other individual conversation...

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On God’s Golden Lake: A Vision of the Divine at Pascha

On God’s Golden Lake: A Vision of the Divine at Pascha

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Christ is risen! There is an ancient myth that speaks of a magical lake, in whose waters everything reflected in it (including people) appears as gold. Grass, rocks, and even the plants growing alongside the banks of this lake have a golden appearance as reflected on the surface...

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A Paschal Meditation

A Paschal Meditation

I have always loved science and thinking outside of the box. My frequent questions were “why” and “what if.” Needless to say, they both got me into a lot of trouble, as I had a tendency not only to think the questions but to act on them. In my early...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Pascha and the Promise of Life from Death

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Pascha and the Promise of Life from Death

“We must understand that the human person, in reality, does not die. Death is simply a transfer from one life to another.” (St. Paisios of Mt. Athos) “Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down death, and to those in the tombs, He grants life.” Whether it is...

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A Posture of Joy

A Posture of Joy

I’ve been surprised by something recently that I shouldn’t have been surprised by: joy isn’t a by-product of happiness. In December on the Feast of St. Stephen, I married the most wonderful man I’ve ever known, who loves me in a deeper and more beautiful way than I ever even...

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