“Off For More Adventures”: An Alaskan Family Connection

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Last week, I had the great blessing to speak on St. Ignatius of Antioch (AUDIO) at the Eagle River Institute at St. John Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Eagle River, Alaska. Since it was my first time in Alaska, I prefaced my talks with the following notes, delivered on Saturday, August … READ MORE ›

St. Paisios and Salvation from Distraction

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost / Sixth Sunday of Matthew, July 12, 2015 Romans 12:6-14; Matthew 9:1-8 Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. Today we have a rare privilege in church life in that … READ MORE ›

Haphazard Reminiscence and Gratitude

My wife on the Shenandoah River along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, during our honeymoon in 2003

Forgive me a bit of rambling reminiscence and reflection, if you don’t mind. I guess this is one of the hazards of committing to blogging every day for forty days. I’m not sure why, but I’ve been remembering some things from more than twenty years ago lately, from shortly after … READ MORE ›

Birth and Death and Birthdays

Evangelia at Eight

What a jumble of highs and lows this week has been. On Sunday morning, we celebrated the great Triumph of Orthodoxy, being invited to “Come and see” our Lord Jesus Christ. On Sunday night, just as I was drifting off to sleep in front of too-late Netflix watching, I learned … READ MORE ›

Prayer for the Dead and Family Process

From Wikimedia Commons

Ccontinuing on some of the thoughts I mentioned in my Tuesday post on the occasion of six months since my mother’s passing, I wanted to explore some of these issues further in a more general way, meditating on a few related questions. I’ve actually gotten a couple of private notes … READ MORE ›

Processing the Death of my Mother

My mom Sandy (Aug. 2, 1953 - Aug. 24, 2014) with my dad Bill.  They married in 1972.

Today is six months since my mother’s passing on August 24 from a suddenly appearing aggressive brain cancer. I normally wouldn’t focus on stuff here that’s so personal, but perhaps my working out of some of these things may be helpful to folks in similar situations or who know people … READ MORE ›

Day After Christmas

Synaxis of the Theotokos, Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery(from Wikimedia Commons)

On this day after Christmas, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Synaxis of the Theotokos, remembering in a special way the Virgin Mary’s role in giving birth to our Savior. A number of our great feasts have a secondary celebration the day after focusing on what may be called the “supporting … READ MORE ›