Practicing Lent won’t make you more popular. Fasting won’t improve your looks. Praying more won’t solve your money troubles. Your friends may not quite understand what Lent means. Lent will be misunderstood, and so will you. Giving alms doesn’t make you “a better person.” Giving alms is simply an instruction[…} Read more….
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Presbytera Jocelyn Mathewes
It’s hard to ask others for forgiveness. Sometimes it’s even harder to forgive yourself. Sometimes you keep going back to those sins you already confessed–those you thought you left behind. Yet in The Pilgrim Continues His Way, the Pilgrim is chided for confessing sins he already confessed and of which[…} Read more….
Start the conversation now. It’s never too late to begin it. It’s never too early to begin it. Tell your children what Jesus mean to you. Tell your children how knowing Jesus has made you change something in your life. Tell your children that who you believe Jesus is makes[…} Read more….
The other day my youngest daughter handed me a tiny sliver of paper, roughly triangular, about the size of a thumbnail. “Mama, look!” she exclaimed, “It’s a heart! I cut it out and made it so tiny just for you!” By any adult judgment, this sliver of paper did not[…} Read more….
It’s dangerous to live unprotected by prayer. This is true for you, for the home you live in, and people you live with. Our environments should be bathed with prayer. Our environments should be treated with the knowledge that no matter what happens there, what will happen there, or what[…} Read more….
I love the life of parenting, because through that I’ve discovered that sometimes (not all times, but some times), the simplest fixes are the best ones: Food – have we eaten lately? have we eaten to nourish ourselves? do we feel satiated? have we overindulged? has something we’ve consumed triggered[…} Read more….
The season of Nativity is always jam packed with extra work-related things, extra personal goings-on, holiday breaks and changes in routine, and extra ways to volunteer my time. It’s a season of abundant frenetic activity, which makes it all the more difficult to slow down and remember to savor[…} Read more….
In parenting my toddler of late, I’ve learned these lessons in humanity… …that when you’re trying to navigate rocky & difficult ground with another, you have to make your own self secure before you can secure another’s to keep them safe. (She had slipped into the puddle between rocks on[…} Read more….
Looking back on my early years of motherhood, I wish I had told myself earlier that it’s okay to be “just” a mom in church. And by “just,” I don’t mean it in the way we tend to say it when we minimize things. “Oh, it’s just a little cold,”[…} Read more….
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move[…} Read more….
I have a great teacher in life, and that is my chronic illness. Just as life has its seasons, my illness has its own seasons. Unlike the natural seasons of the world, these seasons are unpredictable–seasons where I feel at ease and my illness doesn’t bother me, and seasons of[…} Read more….
One of my favorite pieces of modern Orthodox writing is the piece 55 Maxims for Christian Living by Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko. The full list is quite a thing to take in, but here are a few gems that I always come back to. 2. Pray as you can, not as[…} Read more….