The Temptations of Life’s Routine

Christ is risen! Its easy to get a “persecution complex.” When you think of yourself as the center of the universe, anything that disturbs you or inconveniences you can be experienced by you as a source of “persecution.” After all, what are all these folks doing on my highway making me late for work? They must all have gotten together and planned to be on the road at the same time precisely…

Prepare, Arrive, Crash!

Christ is risen! Prepare, prepare, prepare, arrive, crash! All too often this is the pattern of our lives, both physically and spiritually. We are working hard toward a goal, we achieve that goal, and then follows a period of “letdown” as we experience the after-effects of our labors. To be honest, this is the experience of many in the days and weeks after Pascha. Those who diligently prepare by increased church attendance, fasting,…

Confrontation Isn’t Fun

Christ is risen! Confrontation is not fun. In fact, most studies show that, when given a choice, most folks prefer to avoid confrontation. And that is because confrontation isn’t usually a pleasurable experience. But confrontation and conflict are necessary to grow and mature. This has been my experience with most of the confrontations I have seen in my own life. While never enjoyable, they have usually proved informative and positive for my…

St. Thomas the Believer

Christ is risen! Yesterday was the Sunday of St. Thomas the Believer. Notice I didn’t call St. Thomas by his “popular” name of “Doubting Thomas.” That’s because the Church never takes a snapshot of a man at his worst unless that’s how he ends his life. The Lord remembers us at our best because that’s when we are most like who we really are. When we are at our worst, we are…

He must increase and I must decrease

Christ is risen! On this Bright Saturday, we recall with love and joy Sts. Cyril and Methodius, the Equal-to-the-Apostles and Enlighteners of the Slavic peoples. “Since you were equal in character to the Apostles, and teachers of the Slavic lands, O divinely-wise Cyril and Methodius, pray to the Lord of all to strengthen all nations in Orthodoxy and unity of thought, to convert and reconcile the world to God, and to save…

The Life-Giving Spring

Christ is risen! On this Bright Friday: As a life-giving fount, you did conceive the Dew that is transcendent in essence, O Virgin Maid, and you have welled forth for our sakes the nectar of joy eternal, which does pour forth from your fount with the water that springs up unto everlasting life in unending and mighty streams; wherein, taking delight, we all cry out: Rejoice, O you Spring of life for…

Its about Life

Christ is risen! On this Bright Thursday: Let us pray to The Lord, Christ, our God, we stand in awe of the Resurrection that remakes the universe. Your life remakes the universe of our hearts as well. For You are a good God and You love mankind and we give You glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen Today, we are approaching the Feast of the Life-giving Spring. This faith of ours…

Dual Dangers

Christ is risen! On this Bright Wednesday: Let us pray to the Lord; Lord, our God: Glory to you for this morning that gathers us before you once more, for this day whose light reflects the triumph of your Son over death. Perceiving when we are grossly ensnared in sin is easy, but seeing the subtleties of sin that can entangle us is quite another matter! Therefore, give us insight and understanding,…

Having Contended for the sake of Christ God

Christ is risen! On this Bright Tuesday: “Having contended on Lesvos for the sake of Christ God, you have sanctified the island with the discovery of your sacred relics, O blessed ones. Therefore we honor you, O God-bearing Raphael, together with Nicholas, and virgin Irene, as our divine protectors and intercessors with the Lord.” Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone This Bright Tuesday is a special day for your author since it is…

Christ is risen!

Christ is Risen! On this Bright Monday: Let us pray to the Lord; Blessed are you, O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for your graciousness has provided a living hope for us in the resurrection or your Son. This morning, as daylight gathers us together to celebrate the paschal mysteries, we beseech you: Clear our minds and hearts of all that distracts us from you. Gird us for action…