• Why This Tree: The Feast of the Holy Cross

    On September 14th we celebrate the Feast of the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. When I was first exploring Orthodoxy and heard of this feast, I was confused. I didn’t understand why this feast existed. The feasts that celebrated the way Christ was glorified in His saints made[…} Read more….

  • Let Us Receive The Light

    I love how the hymns of the Church take the mysteries of Christ and illumine them for us as we participate in the rhythms of the Church. They are full of such profound beauty. They can simultaneously be a balm for our aching hearts and also a joyful exclamation. The[…} Read more….

  • A Multitude of Blessings

    Take notice today of the multitude of blessings that exist in your life. Yes, we have worries, disappointments, things that don’t work out, long to do lists, but we also have life’s opposing force of goodness that is ever-present, if we only choose to notice it. I see hurt, worry,[…} Read more….

  • Are Smartphones Hurting Our Kids?

    “God was the reason of true faith and good behavior and of the knowledge of technology among people. While people continually felt God above them, before them, and around them, in the same way air and light is felt, they attributed and dedicated all their technological works and handiwork to Him,[…} Read more….

  • Keeping Our Young People in Church (Part 3): Ben

    “What we love is what we orient our lives toward.   Christian liturgies shape our vision for the good life and aim our hearts towards God. ” — The Areopagus podcast, “Are We Doing Youth Ministry Wrong?” “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 These[…} Read more….

  • A Time to Heal: Inadequacy

    When I first was asked to write for Family Life Ministry, one of the first thoughts I had was “I don’t know enough to do that.” I felt very inadequate. I am not an expert at anything by any means. I don’t say that in a false humility kind of[…} Read more….

  • F-A-I-T-H: A Sermon by Father Ken Anthony

    The gospel lesson from Matthew 8:5-13 begins when a Roman centurion beseeches Jesus to heal his beloved servant who is in a hopeless situation.  Roman centurions were the military backbone of the Roman military and spoke with the emperor’s authority.  While the centurion is a man of authority, he is[…} Read more….

  • Keeping our Young People in Church

    Keeping our teens in the church is no easy task. Throw in what you know about contemporary culture and the Prince of this World and the task seems insurmountable. Our culture and the evil one seek to draw in and shred our young people, stealing their faith and their moral[…} Read more….

Why This Tree: The Feast of the Holy Cross

On September 14th we celebrate the Feast of the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. When I was first exploring Orthodoxy and heard of this feast, I was confused. I didn’t understand why this feast existed. The feasts that celebrated the way Christ was glorified in His saints made[…} Read more….

Sunday Lunch: What Does the Lord Do for Us?

My father of blessed memory loved to lift up the lives of the saints with my mother, my two brothers, and me. Dad brought them to life by challenging us to imitate the Christian virtues their lives expressed. He guided our understanding that if we are to live as part[…} Read more….

Let Us Receive The Light

I love how the hymns of the Church take the mysteries of Christ and illumine them for us as we participate in the rhythms of the Church. They are full of such profound beauty. They can simultaneously be a balm for our aching hearts and also a joyful exclamation. The[…} Read more….

A Multitude of Blessings

Take notice today of the multitude of blessings that exist in your life. Yes, we have worries, disappointments, things that don’t work out, long to do lists, but we also have life’s opposing force of goodness that is ever-present, if we only choose to notice it. I see hurt, worry,[…} Read more….

Are Smartphones Hurting Our Kids?

“God was the reason of true faith and good behavior and of the knowledge of technology among people. While people continually felt God above them, before them, and around them, in the same way air and light is felt, they attributed and dedicated all their technological works and handiwork to Him,[…} Read more….

Keeping Our Young People in Church (Part 3): Ben

“What we love is what we orient our lives toward.   Christian liturgies shape our vision for the good life and aim our hearts towards God. ” — The Areopagus podcast, “Are We Doing Youth Ministry Wrong?” “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 These[…} Read more….