Filled with Less: Living the Christian Life with Simplicity and Intention

At the end of 2018, I was working for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach Cynthia Damaskos of Holistic Christian Life. I had just begun a whole-house decluttering project that was raising me up from out of a rut of despondency. In our conversations, we spoke often about the link between physical clutter and mental, emotional, and spiritual clutter. I was amazed by how one small positive decision (to clean out my closet) had…

The Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon’s Monastery Sings Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil

If you attended the Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil on May 26, you will find these words a poor substitute for your memories of the event. If you did not, let me try to describe for you what it was like.   We sat in rows of wooden chairs under the steep arc of a mosaiced cathedral ceiling. The lights were on. We were all awake, and…

The Healing of the Human Heart

The Healing of the Human Heart is a new blog from Fr. Michael Shanbour that will explore our human spiritual life. Drawing on the teachings of the Church Fathers, Fr. Michael will focus on the heart and the nous. Because the heart is the center of our existence, his posts will touch on many topics, from spirituality, to culture, economics, and popular trends. He asks your prayers as he begins this new work.