The Nativity fast will begin on November 15, marking a time for us to prepare our hearts for Christ’s birth. As Orthodox families, we want to celebrate this time with joyous, hopeful expectation–not just with sad meals of cabbage soup. Here are some ideas for things you can do to[…} Read more….
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“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….
Have your kids watched 13 Reasons Why? “Of course not.” Are you sure? My 18 year old son passed by my office where I was watching 13 Reasons Why and said, “You’re watching that? What do you think of it? All my friends have seen it. Can I watch it[…} Read more….
“O Lord of Hosts, be with us for we have none other hope in times of sorrow but Thee….” Great Compline Service I love the Lenten Great Compline service (which includes the scriptures quoted in this post), because it reminds me that even when I feel deep sorrow-when I[…} Read more….
“Martha Martha, you are worried and troubled over so many things but just one is needed” +St. Luke 10:41-42 As I watched flour waft out of the large industrial mixer and onto the kitchen floor, I questioned the wisdom of making 250 homemade hot cross buns for the church on Sunday[…} Read more….
“You cannot be too gentle, too kind. Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other. Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of one who gives and kindles joy in the heart of one who receives.” — St. Seraphim of Sarov When my youngest son came into the[…} Read more….
“When a trial comes upon you unexpectedly, do not blame the person through whom it came but try to discover the reason why it came, and then you will find a way of dealing with it. For whether through this person or through someone else you had in any case[…} Read more….
“If our purpose is to fight the spiritual fight and to defeat, with God’s help, the demons of malice, we should take every care to guard our heart from the demon of dejection, just as a moth devours clothing and a worm devours wood, so dejection devours a man’s soul.[…} Read more….
“When we talk to our fellow men and they tell us about their troubles, we will listen to them carefully if we have love for them. We will have compassion for their suffering and pain, for we are God’s creatures; we are a manifestation of the love of God.” +[…} Read more….
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” (Matthew 12:35) Loving, Christ-centered thoughts grow inside our hearts and eventually bloom into our words and actions. Good thoughts become kind[…} Read more….
“A faithful friend is a strong shelter. And he who finds one finds a treasure. There is nothing that can take the place of a faithful friend, And no way to measure his worth.” (Wisdom of Sirach 6:14-15) A faithful friend is a treasure worth finding, but how do we[…} Read more….
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” (Matthew 10:29) Yesterday I had a few tears to find my “Mama Bird” passed away in the bottom of her cage. Mama finch had been a proud mama[…} Read more….