Do Whatever He Tells You

I have never found obedience particularly easy. In fact, being a head strong and prideful person, obedience has always made me uncomfortable and even fearful that I was “giving myself away.” So, why is the notion of obedience so prominent in Orthodox Christian teachings and the wisdom of the fathers who have come before us? It has everything to do with just why obedience is so tough. It’s because obedience uncovers our…

Pentecostalism and Orthodoxy

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Christ is Risen! A Homily From Pascha

Christ is risen!Here is the homily from the Pascha service last Sunday before midnight. The first part is me reading the Paschal Encyclical from Hi Eminence, Metropolitan Alexios and then my homily about the reality of Christ’s resurrection!

I’ve Got the Power!

All my life, I’ve dreamed of having some kind of superhero power. When I was a boy, I wanted to be like Superman and have the ability to run around the world really fast and pick up trucks and stop speeding bullets. “Why,” you may ask. Because it’s cool! That’s why! I bet I’m not the only one who’s dreamed of having some super power. If I were, then there would be…

The Promise

“I promise!” And with that my daughter assured me she would really clean her room. A few hours later, her room was indeed clean, with some snack breaks along the way! The word “promise” is such a wonderful word. But the value of the word always lies in the character of the person using it. I guess that’s true of all words, isn’t it? For instance, my daughter’s promise holds more weight…

What Do You Seek?

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” This startling quote from the great American poet Henry David Thoreau captures an insight into the challenge of our human lives. All too much of the time I find myself asleep to the true dignity and purpose of these years granted me by my Creator. And what’s worse, there are moments of clarity about…

A Parish Name Day

Christ is risen! In honor of our parish name day, I offer you a wonderful rendering of the martyrdom of Saints Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene of the island of Mitilene in Greece. There are only two parishes in America named after these saints and Bright Tuesday is the day they are remembered. Holy, martyred saints, pray for us! http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2012/04/saints-raphael-nicholas-and-irene-of.html

The Afterglow of Glory

Christ is risen! The week following Pascha (the ancient and venerable name of the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ) is called Bright Week. This week launches us into the 40 day celebration of the Resurrection. It is a week of light, laughter, celebration, feasting, and joy. It truly is a Bright Week! But, there is caution in this Week as well. The caution rises from our human weakness to allow…

He IS Risen!

A Reflection for Holy and Great Saturday O Lord, our God: In their ignorance and audacity, your own creatures put your only Son to death. But Joseph, in his faith and love, took him down from the cross and buried him in his own tomb. The high priests, true to their suspicious nature, posted their guard. As your eternal word lies in the grave, bathed in the fragrance of these funeral flowers,…