The Mother of God and the Mother of “Gods”

The Mother of God and the Mother of “Gods”

As we continue our jubilant πανήγυρις during these days following this great feast of the Church, alternately called the “Summer Pascha”, we recall not only the Virgin Mary’s finiteness as a mortal human being who entered into the glory of her risen Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, but we also...

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How Do We Pray the Psalms?

How Do We Pray the Psalms?

How do we pray the Psalms? We should surely take our lead from the Holy Fathers of the Early Church and learn from their wisdom. Whilst researching the origins of the Jesus Prayer, I came across some fascinating insights in psalm-commentaries accredited to Fathers of the third, fourth and fifth...

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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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Flights of Faith: Embracing the Spiritual Side-Effects of Fear

Flights of Faith: Embracing the Spiritual Side-Effects of Fear

Flying didn’t used to bother me. For years, I reveled in taking off from one city and ending up in another. I didn’t think twice about crossing oceans to see things and meet people I’d only known through books, photos and maybe even phone calls. I didn’t worry too much...

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Persecution and Thanksgiving

Persecution and Thanksgiving

The Orthodox writer Rod Dreher has popularized the Law of Merited Impossibility, as applied to Christians: “It’s absurd to say Christians are persecuted, and boy do they deserve it.” But then there is this from Britain’s Independent today: According to the International Society for Human Rights, a secular group with...

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Archbishop Demetrios calls for prayers for the Christians in the Middle East

Archbishop Demetrios calls for prayers for the Christians in the Middle East

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, or any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their...

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Slipping

Slipping

One psalm tells me, “He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber” (Psalm 121:3). That’s good news. Why do I feel like I’m slipping anyway? I write this post at 2:00 am, knowing that I need to get up for liturgy in 4...

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The Present Moment

The Present Moment

I sit in a room with seven babies who require intense attention, one of whom is my son. At times, this feels like a very long family car trip because there isn’t much to do but sit and watch. But unlike a car trip, there is no crying, singing, or...

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How to Live in the Jordan

How to Live in the Jordan

In a house full of children, a mother has to wake up early to hear the silence. An hour before sunrise, an alarm set quiet wakes me from sleep. That’s when I open my eyes and I listen. I make sure no one’s stirring, make certain this house lies covered...

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Saint Porphyrios on Blackmailing God

Saint Porphyrios on Blackmailing God

Bargaining with God in prayer is such a common human behavior that it’s part of our culture. How many times have you seen a character in a movie, hands clasped, drenched in tears, promising, “God, if you will just , I promise you I’ll never [fill in...

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