A Celebration of Epiphany and the Spirit of Silence

A Celebration of Epiphany and the Spirit of Silence

Since my mom passed away I thought I was getting the hang of it all, of moving through loss, accepting absence, and learning how to replace empty space with gratefulness. My Orthodox Christian faith and avid practice of yoga both underscore the power and opportunity we are offered through challenge...

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How Does Christmas Work?

How Does Christmas Work?

Listen Now For many people, Christmas comes every year as surely as the sun comes up. It’s like death and taxes – nothing could prevent it…or could it? When you look closely at the real story of Christmas, you will discover what a miracle it was. Fr. Chris Metropulos draws...

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14,000 Innocent Children: Christmas Has a Cost

14,000 Innocent Children: Christmas Has a Cost

Christmas can be too comfortable sometimes.  As the Nativity Season unfolds, churches are celebrating the birth of Christ.   Gifts are being shared, kitchens are busy preparing traditional foods, and retreat speakers have returned home from their visits to parishes. While all these events may be well intentioned, they frequently point...

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Pilgrimage to The Holy Land and The Ecumenical Patriarchate

Pilgrimage to The Holy Land and The Ecumenical Patriarchate

AN OCN Experience.  Join us as we travel back to the roots of the Christian Faith. Led by Reverend Dr. Christopher T. Metropulos, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne and Founding Father of Orthodox Christian Network (OCN), and Reverend Dr. Steven P. Zorzos, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne and Presiding Priest...

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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

In the USA, it’s Veterans Day, when those, both living and dead, who have served in the Armed Forces are honoured, but in my country, Canada, this day is our Remembrance Day, when we commemorate those who gave their lives in war to protect and preserve the innocent and the...

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Why is it so hard to be grateful?

Why is it so hard to be grateful?

There is a little girl whose toy box is not overflowing with toys, but is full enough to keep her occupied for hours. She is not a spoiled little girl. But after playing, when her mom tells her it is time to clean up, this little girl would rather see...

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The Meaning of Basil at the Elevation of the Cross

The Meaning of Basil at the Elevation of the Cross

When I was a child, I would frequently visit my grandmother (Yiayia) and grandfather (Papou) who lived in a small town east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They had a large yard with a view of the Monongahela River. The climate created the perfect conditions to grow a beautiful garden every summer....

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The Cards We Are Dealt

The Cards We Are Dealt

There are only three things every person in this world has in common. We are all born, we all die, and we all live. The first two are inevitable, and we can’t do much to change them. But the third one, that’s the one in which we have a say....

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On Beauty and God in This Present World

On Beauty and God in This Present World

Beauty is underrated and oftentimes misunderstood in the present age. Beauty is God’s way of letting us know that in spite of all of the darkness, in spite of all that is wrong with the world, there is a signal that sanity is somewhere to be found. Beauty emanates from...

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Are our Hearts Orthodox?

Are our Hearts Orthodox?

Orthodox spirituality concerns itself directly with the human heart. Originating not in the concepts and, as Dostoevsky wrote, “the empty firmament of the mind”, our spirituality ultimately takes root in the heart where a special connection is made between God, whose seeking us out never ends, and ourselves, the searching...

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The Real Endgame

The Real Endgame

Avengers: Endgame was released in theaters two weeks ago and is the culmination of 11 years and 22 superhero films. At the time of this writing, the movie is currently sitting at the second highest-grossing movie of all time, the most tweeted about movie of all time, the #1 pre-release...

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“EUPHORIA”  Just in time for Summer (warning)

“EUPHORIA” Just in time for Summer (warning)

As we enter the summer months we are reminded once again of the demise of our society through the deception of Hollywood through a new HBO series called “Euphoria.” This show goes way beyond all boundaries and is marketed heavily to pre-teens and teens (I hope and pray it gets...

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