Saying No So You Can Say Yes

Several days ago quite a few news outlets reported on a scientific study done to test the effects of fasting on our immune system. The discoveries were presented in a paper that suggested that fasting reboots the immune system and encourages the creation of stem cells. Isn’t it fascinating when science catches up with timeless wisdom? If one were to take the fasting disciplines of the Orthodox Christian faith seriously, a purposeful…

Saturday’s Offering

On Saturdays our goal will be to share with you from other wonderful Orthodox voices insights and helpful commentary to encourage your spiritual maturity.

This Saturday, please enjoy one of my favorite Orthodox writers, Fr. Stephen Freeman. Fr. Stephen is the parish priest at St. Anne’s Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, TN and his blog Glory to God for All Things is one of the most widely read Orthodox blogs on the internet. I recommend this resource to you.

Depth Perception

One of the great blessings of the human brain can be found in its ability to take two things and make them one. We have two eyes, which means they necessarily see things differently. Look at the world with one eye open and switch to the other eye…

False Swearing and Striking Cheeks

There is a radicalness to the Gospel of Jesus that simply confounds most in our world, even those of us who claim to follow the Man from Galilee. The truth is this radical message is in stark contrast to much of the underlying philosophy and “epistemology” (an important word worth looking up and exploring!) of most human philosophy and even religions. Such is the radical nature of the Lord’s teaching in today’s…

The Opposite of Love

Offence

What do you think is the opposite of love? The easy answer is hate but that isn’t even close. Because hate takes attention and focus and (usually) preoccupation with the object of your hate.

And the truth is love takes the same. To love something or someone takes attention, focus, and even preoccupation with the object of your love. You remember the first time you “fell” in love (by the way, I really dislike that phrase “fell in love” as if it were beyond my control or some spell was put on me!) all you wanted to do was be around the person you loved. There has never been a big brother or big sister that doesn’t remember the aggravating little brother or sister that always wanted to follow them around. They loved their bigger sibling and they wanted to do everything they did.

Son of Encouragement, Pray for Us

Today’s reflection is in honor of Sts Bartholomew and Barnabas, so today is my name day in our Faith. The Name Day is as important (if not more important) than one’s actual birthday, and it is celebrated as such in traditional Orthodox countries. But today, I want to especially wish our Ecumenical Patriarch, His All-Holiness Bartholomew, a blessed name day and many years of health and service to our Church. I also…

Healed! Forever!

A dear priest friend of mine is on pilgrimage to the Holy Land and other holy sites in the area. Recently he and his fellow pilgrims came to the final resting place of Lazarus, the man the Lord raised from the dead. And that got me started thinking about Lazarus and his miraculous healing and then what followed. You see, Lazarus died a second time and we have his relics with us…

Action!

I love action movies, but I confess, sometimes, my ability to suspend my disbelief and go along with some outlandish scene is pretty near impossible. Usually, the idea that something like this could really happen is just too remote even for my imagination. Sometimes we Christians fall into the same trap about our lives. Yeah, we know what the scripture says about how we should live: love God and your neighbor, forgive…

The Law of Freedom

‘The intellect does many good and bad things without the body, whereas the body can do neither good nor evil without the intellect. This is because the law of freedom applies to what happens before we act.’ St. Mark the Ascetic

Hey, Where Are You Going?

I want to go with you! My daughters love to go places with daddy. It doesn’t really matter where I’m going; they just like to tag along. And that makes sense. After all, daddies buy candy! There’s something comforting about being with Another Who is stronger than you and seems to know where He is going. There is something comforting in the surety, in the confidence that that sure direction brings. It…

Heavenly King

Today, just a reminder that Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost. This threshold from one Church Season to another offers us a spiritual treasure house of insight and wisdom and instruction on how to take seriously and actually practice our faith in such a way that our life is changed! For 50 days we have not knelt at the consecration of the gifts in the Divine Liturgy in honor of the universe…