This Is the Faith of the Apostles

This Is the Faith of the Apostles

The noted American historian, Dr. Henry Glassie, once observed, “History is not the past. History is a story about the past, told in the present, and designed to be useful in creating the future.” On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the First Sunday of Great Lent, we naturally look back at...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: How We Experience Lent and Fasting

Understanding and Living Our Faith: How We Experience Lent and Fasting

“Many Christians, unaware of the great value of fasting, either keep the fast with difficulty or reject it altogether. We should not be afraid to fast but embrace it with joy.” (St. John Chrysostom) Fasting is so much more then abstaining from certain foods. Christ reminds us in the Gospels...

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When You Can’t Get What You Want

When You Can’t Get What You Want

We know what kids and celebrity divas do when they can’t get what they want. They throw a hissy fit. They get all hysterical, throw tantrums, say stupid stuff, attract attention, and thrash about. Obviously, that’s not normal. Most mature people just take it in the gut and move on....

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: When Cynicism is Sin-a-cism

Understanding and Living Our Faith: When Cynicism is Sin-a-cism

I think cynicism is part of the zeitgeist today, or spirit of the age. Judging by global online comments I see on social media it would seem cynicism is a worldwide issue. I believe that for many of us, we need to crucify cynicism in our hearts. We understand sin...

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A Ministry of Care

A Ministry of Care

As our parents age, we may find our roles reversed. Where our moms and dads previously cared for and nurtured us, we often become their caregivers eventually. Whether you have two parents or one, it can be challenging to assist while maintaining your own emotional and mental well being. When...

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Lost in New Year’s Resolutions

Lost in New Year’s Resolutions

Every New Year countless resolutions are sworn into completion: I want to be more fit, I want to lose weight, I want to quit smoking, I want to speak Spanish, and so on. Most of these ambitious dreams, however, remain just that, dreams left behind together with the prepaid fee...

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For Whom Will You Speak?

For Whom Will You Speak?

At a theological conference held recently in Brazil, His Eminence Archbishop Anastasios, Primate of All Albania, challenged the Orthodox participants. “Woe to us if, in this 21st century, we surrender the initiative for social justice to others, as we have done in past centuries, while we confine ourselves to our opulent...

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My Uneasy Walk to Orthodox Christianity

My Uneasy Walk to Orthodox Christianity

I would love to be completely immersed in the Orthodox faith. The desire is there, but the distance (between the closest parish, other Orthodox Christians, and me) provides a very deep spiritual conundrum for me. It is not a matter of “do I continue on my journey to one day...

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Honoring the Theotokos

Honoring the Theotokos

As a sinful follower of Jesus Christ, my ultimate goal is to joyfully spend eternity in God’s kingdom. Since becoming Orthodox, I’ve frequently turned to the Theotokos for guidance. She is the most pure, with no ego or agenda, and totally devoted to serving and worshipping God. Because of her,...

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Turning Resolutions into Revelations

Turning Resolutions into Revelations

It’s a yearly rite for millions. Create a list of “resolutions” for the year ahead, then watch in horror as those New Year’s resolutions slip out of grasp. A recent study by the University of Scranton finds that a mere 8 to 9 percent of resolution makers keep their goals...

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Love to the End – Now Online

Love to the End – Now Online

A warm congratulations to Hellenic College Holy Cross Digital Disciples Emanuel Sabau and Anberin Pasha in the making of Love to the End.  Thank you to supporters and OCN viewers like you.  Watch the full film here To the Very Heart; A Review of Love to the End By J.V....

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A New Year’s Resolution: You Are Useful for Ministry

A New Year’s Resolution: You Are Useful for Ministry

When we speak of the apostles we generally speak of their achievements and successes, which may not include the full story. St. Mark, who was a young man, had his fare share of failures in the beginning of his ministry. In the Gospel of Mark, we are told how he...

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