• Make Ready, O Manger: Focus on the Word

    Today “the Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test Him they asked Him for a sign from heaven” (Mark 8:11). God in the flesh was standing right in front of them, but they didn’t want Jesus. They wanted something inconsequential, a sign (like a circus trick, some type of[…} Read more….

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  • One Good Thought: On St. Nicholas

    You revealed yourself, O saint, in Myra as a priest, For you fulfilled the Gospel of Christ By giving up your soul for your people, And saving the innocent from death. Therefore you are blessed as one become wise in the grace of God. (Kontakion, Tone 3) Today children celebrate[…} Read more….

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  • Joyful Noise: 55 Maxims

    One of my favorite pieces of modern Orthodox writing is the piece 55 Maxims for Christian Living by Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko. The full list is quite a thing to take in, but here are a few gems that I always come back to. 2. Pray as you can, not as[…} Read more….

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  • One Good Thought: A Pure Heart (Video #1)

    We are so excited to announce our latest project! You’ve read Edna’s blogs, now, experience the unique voice and tone of One Good Thought: The Video Series! In this first installment, Edna offers up what it means to be pure of heart. Take a look, leave a comment, and rate our video[…} Read more….

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  • Unbind Him

    John was coming home after being away for the past five years. You might think the family would be planning a great party and feast to celebrate the return of their son. Instead the family was in turmoil about how to handle his return. You see John had been branded[…} Read more….

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  • Sunday Lunch: Thanking Our Clergy

    Growing up, my parents taught my brothers and me to respect our clergy. During lunch on Sundays, they reinforced his teachings about God and our faith. They quizzed us about what we had learned in Sunday School. They wanted to ensure we were close to God and to our Church.[…} Read more….

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  • “F” – The New Scarlet Letter

    John was 20 years old when the judge told him that he would spend the next 5 years in prison as a result of the felony for which he had just been convicted. From that day forward, John was branded a FELON. Though the “F” was not physically branded on[…} Read more….

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Joyful Noise: Gratitude Practice

Sometimes it takes a little something extra for me to feel inspired to worship, gratitude, or thankfulness. Being outside in nature, viewing the clear night sky, multigenerational or community gatherings, and travel seem to be a good trigger. It is in these environments–places and situations that inspire me to reflect[…} Read more….

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One Good Thought: A Pure Heart (Video #1)

We are so excited to announce our latest project! You’ve read Edna’s blogs, now, experience the unique voice and tone of One Good Thought: The Video Series! In this first installment, Edna offers up what it means to be pure of heart. Take a look, leave a comment, and rate our video[…} Read more….

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One Good Thought: Sitting at Table

“As thou takest thy seat at table, pray. As thou liftest the loaf, offer thanks to the Giver. When thou sustainest thy bodily weakness with wine, remember Him Who supplies thee with this gift, to make thy heart glad and to comfort thy infirmity. Has thy need for taking food[…} Read more….

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Joyful Noise: Activities for Nativity

The coming holiday season is full to the brim for most families. Between education and work alone there’s a serious push towards busy-ness. We have the pull of seasonal philanthropy, seasonal fun, and seasonal consumerism. And yet, with a little planning, we can find stillness and orient our families towards[…} Read more….