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,…

A Reflection on this Holy Friday

O God and Father: How can the light of the sun pierce the terrible darkness of this day and its events? Your only Son, the true light, in the darkness of his ordeal, was pleased to embrace in his humanity the sufferings he could not endure in his divinity. And to what purpose, if not to prove that he considered us worthy of salvation! The crowds that had so admired him at…

The Greatest Commandment!

As our devotional today, here is the homily from last night’s Bridegroom service dealing with the Parable of the 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins, the Parable of the Talents, and the Greatest Commandment. May God grant us His grace to complete the journey to Pascha in purposeful faith!

Taken and Given to Another

I love the old horror movies in black and white. The building of suspense where you’re screaming at the screen “Run” or “Don’t go in there!” Vincent Price was my favorite, and my most favorite horror movie of his is “The Oblong Box” by Edgar Allen Poe. What I never cared for is the “slasher” movies. Grotesque violence and mere titillation left me both cold and not really scared. More nauseous than…