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….
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Fr. George Tsahakis
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….
During the summer months, some look forward to taking vacations to our favorite destinations with family and friends. Others may prefer to stay home to rest and relax. In his Gospel, St. Mark shared the following story about the importance of taking time for ourselves. Maybe during Sunday Lunch, we[…} Read more….
Early in life, I learned how skilled my mother was in baking fresh fruit and cream pies. Every Sunday at lunch, she would prepare different flavors for her family. During the summer, she liked to bake fresh blueberry pies. The focus of this week’s spiritual reflection was inspired by the[…} Read more….
We often choose dogs and cats as household pets. Yes, Presbytera Marinda and I adopted a dog that was wandering homeless at the Diakonia Retreat Center several years ago. We have been blessed to own him and several loving dogs. One memory I recall from both my parents is the[…} Read more….
Each Saturday evening during Great Vespers, Orthodox chant the following beautiful hymn, one of the most ancient of our faith: Gladsome light of holy glory of the holy, blessed, heavenly, immortal Father, O Jesus Christ: arriving at the hour of sunset and having seen the evening light, we praise the[…} Read more….
In this photo, my granddaughter is pretending to be Belle in the story, “Beauty and the Beast.” With her blanket cape, she is running like the story’s heroine to escape the mean wolves seeking to do her harm. Evie’s mind imagines herself as being part of the story. All children[…} Read more….
When I was young, my parents would share stories during our Sunday Lunches which I liken today as them admitting they were human… i.e., they taught us they could and did make mistakes; they could and did own up to them. They helped my brothers and me understand that while[…} Read more….