As pilgrims on our journey leading to Holy Week and Great and Holy Pascha, spiritual choruses summon us to slow down our normally busy daily activities. They remind us that if we wish to participate in the fullness of the lenten spring underway, we are required to lay aside ordinary[…} Read more….
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Fr. George Tsahakis
When I reflect on this majestic sunset, I thank God for this striking tree line aflame with red and golden hued-leaves. Enhanced by the waning sun and the dark green background of Maine evergreens, it brings to mind the splendid imagery of the Shepherd King, David, in the Old Testament,[…} Read more….
One recent fall afternoon, I had the great fortune to walk along the shore of a quiet seaside town in mid-coast Maine. There were different types of boats and buoys in the quiet harbor. The impressive autumn foliage at water’s edge framed a remarkable panoramic view. The scene filled me[…} Read more….
Walking along Cape Elizabeth, south of Portland, Maine, I recently encountered up close a friendly sea gull. It wasn’t afraid because it had grown accustomed to visitors feeding the bird the leftovers from their lunch. In nature, sea gulls eat live food or scavenge for crabs and small fish. Gulls[…} Read more….
Sunrises inspire us to look skyward and outside of ourselves. They encompass the visible world for as far as we can see. Sunrises cannot be created by us; they transcend our everyday spatial associations. They cause us to wonder and be thankful that we are alive. They lead us to[…} Read more….
Growing up, I often heard senior family members encourage less experienced youth to “Stop, and take time to smell the roses.” Teachers would repeat the expression to motivate pupils to look beyond their immediate focus, which ultimately would bring new insights. Parents and counselors used it to inspire us to[…} Read more….
Our children are full of questions… “Why does the wind blow?” “Where do clouds come from?” “What makes a rainbow?” As parents, we are challenged to help them understand and learn. Often, we wish we had more religious resources to offer to our families. Toward that aim, His Eminence Metropolitan[…} Read more….
Two words that can change a mood instantly are “thank you.” In fact, growing up in the ‘60s, I learned that by not offering these words after receiving a kind gesture or word from others, others might surmise I lacked a proper upbringing. For my parents, that would have been[…} Read more….
Readers may recall the last two weeks I have witnessed how others can inspire our spiritual journey. I now turn to you… and invite you to reflect inwardly and seek God’s direction to answer the question: “What Journey Am I On?” Before dismissing this workout, I offer as a starting[…} Read more….
A newspaper reporter hurriedly telephoned his editor to report a story he wanted to cover. It involved an empty truck that rolled down a hill and smashed into a home. His editor was unimpressed and told the writer not to report the story. The reporter replied, “I’m glad you’re taking[…} Read more….
Every newly married couple brings unique talents and experiences together to form their new household. In the Orthodox Church, we encourage our faithful to create their new home as our “little house church” where we worship and witness God, and serve and offer fellowship in Jesus’ Name, “the name that[…} Read more….
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….