Even Ascetics Need Community

Even Ascetics Need Community

They said of an old man that he went on fasting for seventy weeks, eating a meal only once a week. He asked of God the meaning of a text of the Holy Scriptures and God did not reveal it to him. So he said to himself: “Here I am:...

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Eating with Mindfulness

Eating with Mindfulness

Recently while waiting for my wife at a doctor’s office, I flipped through a “wellness” magazine. In it was an article entitled, “Are You Aware of What You Eat?” True to the title, the article suggested knowing what we are eating. We should also know where our food comes from,...

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The Theotokos: God’s Mother, Our Mother

The Theotokos: God’s Mother, Our Mother

“Be the Bee” is a video podcast series produced by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Department of Youth and Young Adult ministries. In this episode, host Steven Christoforou discusses Mary, the Theotokos or Mother of God. It’s a great way to introduce your kids (or yourself!) to what this fasting season...

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On Fasting by St. John Chrysostom

On Fasting by St. John Chrysostom

Fasting is a medicine. But medicine, as beneficial as it is, becomes useless because of the inexperience of the user. He has to know the appropriate time that the medicine should be taken and the right amount of medicine and the condition of the body which is to take it,...

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Fast or Feast, String Beans in a Mushroom Sauce are Sure to Please

Fast or Feast, String Beans in a Mushroom Sauce are Sure to Please

Another fast is coming, and this time we honor the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. For the first two weeks of August, the 1st through the 14th, faithful Orthodox Christians fast (from meat, dairy and eggs, and fish) and offer prayers through the Paraklesis Service. During this time (on...

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Lifestyle Magazine: Addis Ababa Most Vegetarian Friendly Capital in Africa

Lifestyle Magazine: Addis Ababa Most Vegetarian Friendly Capital in Africa

We Orthodox become “vegetarian” at regular intervals all year long, so it might not be surprising that Addis Ababa in Ethiopia was just named the most “vegetarian friendly” capital in Africa! Read all about it! The most vegetarian-friendly capital in Africa by SUSAN WONG Ethiopia, the land of extraordinary and...

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Feeding Our Picky Eaters During the Fast

Feeding Our Picky Eaters During the Fast

Many of us have at least one person in our family who is a picky eater – generally, one of our kids. So how do you avoid feeding them nothing but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the entire duration of Lent when lentils and quinoa are not even an...

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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: Fasting

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: Fasting

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/crtl030814wv.mp3 In the first installment of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s 4-part Lenten series, His Excellency talks about fasting. Questions include: It can sometimes feel like “Lent” and “fasting” are synonymous. Should fasting be our primary focus during Lent? What is the connection between fasting and confession? Why is it so important...

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Fasting Fundamentals

Fasting Fundamentals

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/crtl030114wv.mp3 As we begin our Lenten journey, get answers from Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov on everything from our basic caloric needs to practical tips for specific situations that can affect our ability to fast, like pregnancy or travel. Click to read Fr. Sergei’s article on “Fasting for Non-Monastics.” Orthodox Study Bible...

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God Made You Special

God Made You Special

Listen Now to Mike Nawrocki, co-founder of VeggieTales and voice of Larry the Cucumber, talk about the messages they’ve tried to teach generations of Christians, the importance of speaking across denominational lines, the role of Christian media, and what the future holds for Christian believers. But first, are you getting...

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