My Uneasy Walk to Orthodox Christianity

My Uneasy Walk to Orthodox Christianity

I would love to be completely immersed in the Orthodox faith. The desire is there, but the distance (between the closest parish, other Orthodox Christians, and me) provides a very deep spiritual conundrum for me. It is not a matter of “do I continue on my journey to one day...

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Turning Resolutions into Revelations

Turning Resolutions into Revelations

It’s a yearly rite for millions. Create a list of “resolutions” for the year ahead, then watch in horror as those New Year’s resolutions slip out of grasp. A recent study by the University of Scranton finds that a mere 8 to 9 percent of resolution makers keep their goals...

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New Year’s Resolutions and Revolutions

New Year’s Resolutions and Revolutions

Many a story reveals the futility of making plans. In action-packed movies that require careful planning to commit the ultimate crime or to rescue comrades in arms and in simply mapping out our days’ strategies, we find obstacles thrown in our path at every turn. In all of these situations,...

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Why I Love Seasonal Employees (and Why You Should, Too)

Why I Love Seasonal Employees (and Why You Should, Too)

I had a flashback tonight on my way home from the mall, where I was doing some Christmas shopping. I kept thinking about the sales clerk that rang up the multitude of hostess gifts I had to buy for all of the socials and parties that we attend this time...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: God is in Control…Really

Understanding and Living Our Faith: God is in Control…Really

“God’s Providence controls the universe. It is present everywhere. Providence is the sovereign Logos of God…” (St. Anthony the Great) At times our lives feel out of control. Things are happening to us and we don’t understand why. We may ask ourselves, “God, where are you?! Why won’t you help...

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Protecting the Church We Love

Protecting the Church We Love

The bark of the Christian Church sails through troubled waters these days. Mega-scandals have assaulted Christian communities throughout the United States and the world, scandals of a grave dimension, scandals which can only be described as sin, as the pervasiveness of evil, and as the failure of Christians and their...

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Honoring the Nativity of the Theotokos

Honoring the Nativity of the Theotokos

Sometimes in the Divine Services, we may be graced with a moment of clarity. Something touches us or we, at last, come to an awareness about something in our life. It’s only for a moment. We feel God so close to us. We may sense His mercy intensely for us....

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Finishing the Race: A Daughter’s Tribute

Finishing the Race: A Daughter’s Tribute

My mother died recently. My sisters and I ordered the marker, and I was confronted with the dash between the dates, the dash in place of 84 years of living. We gave up trying to write an obituary for mom. She did so much in her life, it would never...

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Reclaiming the Sabbath

Reclaiming the Sabbath

At the beginning of September, we celebrate Labor Day. From the earliest days of the Church, work has always occupied a central place in the life of the Christian. St. Clement of Alexandria, writing in the early years of the third century, reminded new converts that there was no need...

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Guided by the Mother of God

Guided by the Mother of God

The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God holds a place in my life and in my heart that will take me a lifetime to unpack. It has touched me personally on three significant occasions in my ministry. As an Episcopalian, a newly ordained deacon, actually, I had...

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