I’ve been surprised by something recently that I probably shouldn’t have been surprised by: circumstances don’t automatically produce joy. Last month I married the most wonderful man I’ve ever known, who loves me in a deeper and more beautiful way than I ever even dreamed of being loved. We married[…} Read more….
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Often when I’m in church, I look at the icons surrounding me, and this sense of peace overwhelms me. I feel held by the stories of the lives of the saints. When I was first exploring Orthodoxy, I was excited to learn more of the saints’ stories, but I soon[…} Read more….
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….
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….
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….