Who is My Neighbor?

Who is My Neighbor?

St. Silouan the Athonite (1866 – 1938) writes, “Both Christ’s commandments – of love towards God and love towards our neighbour – make up a single life. Therefore, if a man believes that he lives in and loves God and then hates his brother, he is deluded. In this manner...

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Living in His Likeness

Living in His Likeness

There are moments in my spiritual walk when I am blessed to behold the beauty of God in a person or persons. For me the moments are few and far between, and when they do happen, I find myself feeling like St. Peter when he beheld the Transfigured Lord on...

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Agape, Gratitude and the Ten Lepers

Agape, Gratitude and the Ten Lepers

  In the Sunday sermon on the Ten Lepers, Fr. Lazarakis speaks of two virtues: Love and Gratitude.  Of all the virtues, these two are the greatest.  And when we talk about love, agape, which is understood as unconditional love, is the premier.  Watch and listen as we learn more...

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Understanding Love on Valentine’s Day

Understanding Love on Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! Although this was a day that originally celebrated a 4th century martyred priest, St. Valentine, who obviously loved Jesus Christ above all else, even life itself, it has transformed into a day celebrating the love we have for our spouses and the dearly beloved in our lives. It’s...

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Agape Love vs. Erotic Love

Agape Love vs. Erotic Love

  Saint Valentine In our Western world and culture, February 14th is  Valentine’s Day, a day given to honor romantic love known in Greek as eros.  It is called Valentine’s day, but not too long ago, it was still called St. Valentine’s day.  According to legend, and there are conflicting legends, St....

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Three Lessons on Love

Three Lessons on Love

Love is definitely in the air. It can really be overwhelming.  The jewelry commercials and the marketers suggestions on how love is best expressed are completely off target.  Love isn’t expressed through expensive bobbles and revealing undergarments.  That’s a whole other thing.  Love is a sacred gift from God. I recently...

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Will the Real St. Valentine Please Stand Up? 

Will the Real St. Valentine Please Stand Up? 

Cancel your plans for February 14! As many of us prepare to celebrate Valentine’s day, I thought it would be nice to explore a little bit of the day’s history. As we might expect from our experience with Christmas, the celebration of this secularized holiday bears very little resemblance to...

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What Is Love?

What Is Love?

We asked our Bloggers to write about Love …    Over the last few weeks, and for as long as I’ve noticed heart-shaped chocolate boxes taking over grocery store shelves, I’ve been thinking about love. Last month, I was among a group of approximately 20 counselors-in-training sitting in a circle...

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Tobit Is a Wealth of Encouragement

Tobit Is a Wealth of Encouragement

We asked our Bloggers to write about Love…    Nestled in the midst of the so-called Apocrypha, the Septuagint Old Testament, is the book of Tobit. Tobit is a virtuous Jew living in the time of Israel’s exile by the Assyrians and taken captive to Nineveh. He is known for...

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Outpouring of Love, Thoughts on the Drought in Ethiopia

Outpouring of Love, Thoughts on the Drought in Ethiopia

Inspired by the IOCC, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring the outstanding charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach of this organization who, in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to...

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