Embracing the Blessing of Exquisite Pain

Embracing the Blessing of Exquisite Pain

Every year when Pascha ends, I start to eagerly anticipate the next one, the next opportunity to completely focus on my faith and forget the rest of my earthly obligations. In the Orthodox faith, we are gifted with an abundance of fasts, feast days and other opportunities to embrace what...

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I Have a Boo-Boo

I Have a Boo-Boo

On our way to the coffee shop, Zoe kept slipping into random stores and announcing to the strangers she met that she had a “boo-boo.” Either that or that her name was “Yo-ee”. Since she was facing away from me, and since she has the pronunciation acuity of a 2-year-old,...

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Orthodox Christian Emergency Network Grows to 100 Members

Orthodox Christian Emergency Network Grows to 100 Members

CAPTION: Constantine Triantafilou, IOCC executive director, addresses the members of the Frontline gathered for training in Chicago, IL. He related how the work of the Frontline in the United States is an important part of the capacity of the Orthodox Church to respond to human need around the world. photo:...

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To Judge or Not to Judge, That’s the Question

To Judge or Not to Judge, That’s the Question

I pass judgment on my friends, my clients and utter strangers all the time. I offer opinions about their clothes, their taste in movies, their writing, their charity or lack of charity and what they do. But I keep telling myself I shouldn’t do that. It’s wrong to judge. “Judge...

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The Strength of Sickness: How I Remembered to Let God Do the Work

The Strength of Sickness: How I Remembered to Let God Do the Work

Some may call me crazy, but here’s the truth. I’m grateful to have multiple sclerosis. Diagnosed 11 years ago, I was shocked into a state of clarity when my body betrayed me for the first time. And why wouldn’t it? I’d been blessed with my youth, my family, and my...

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Coffee and Caring

Coffee and Caring

I was tired. Tired in body. Tired in soul. I had sat by my mother’s bed for two weeks walking her from this life to the next. The extended family had taken shifts keeping vigil around the clock; my shift was during the dark, still hours of the night. Although...

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What makes a good marriage?

What makes a good marriage?

Presvytera Kerry Pappas joins us today to talk about what we can do to build a good marriage with our spouse, and what the Church can do to support marriage for all of us. Presvytera Kerry is the Coordinator for Seminarian and Clergy Couple Care for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese...

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Ανθρωπον ουκ έχω

Ανθρωπον ουκ έχω

Ο Δημήτρης Καραβασίλης εστιάζει στην μοναξιά του σύγχρονου ανθρώπου με αφορμή το “άνθρωπον ουκ έχω” της ευαγγελικής περικοπής. Ο Χριστός ανέτρεψε την κραυγή αγωνίας του παραλυτικού, δηλαδή τη δική μας, με το να πλησιάσει και να βοηθήσει τον παραλυτικό. Κι εμεις αντίστοιχα ακολουθώντας τα ίχνη του ας μετατρέψουμε αυτή την...

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Lazarus and Spiritual Healing

Lazarus and Spiritual Healing

Hear Fr. Tom Tsagalakis’ reflections on how Lazarus’ raising from the dead serves as a metaphor for the spiritual healing we are all in need of. Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network.  You can find the Orthodox Christian Network on Google+.

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War, PTSD, and the Devil

War, PTSD, and the Devil

As many of you already know, I work at a VA Medical Center that is mainly a psychiatric facility. As a result, we see many people with PTSD. There are many veterans there who touch my heart. There is one veteran who always thanks me for the work I do....

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