Feast of the Annunciation

Like the Mother of God, we must give birth to God within ourselves As we continue our Lenten journey, this is a time when the Church puts much emphasis on the role of repentance. We strive to go to confession more frequently during Great Lent, just as we’ve increased our level of fasting, and frequency of attending the services. Holy…

Golgotha

Collectively ascending Golgotha together The difficult time all of humanity is experiencing, is painful. However, it is perhaps all the more painful for we Orthodox Christians, because we are being deprived of the Eucharist. Most of the pious believers of the Orthodox world can not participate in the Divine Liturgy, as well as the many other services we traditionally attend…

Suffering

The role of suffering in the salvation of humankind Elder Ambrose of Optina Monastery said, “We should not forget that in our age of ‘sophistication’ even little children are spiritually harmed by what they see and hear. As a result, purification is required….You must understand that Paradisal bliss is granted to no one without suffering.” A person walks on the…

Spiritual Benefits of the Pandemic

Let us make this Covid-19 pandemic the basis of a renewed foundation in our spiritual life For all of us, this pandemic can serve as a good jumpstart for our faith. Since most of us can not attend services in our parishes, this is the perfect time to build up the domestic church. Since we can’t take our children to…

Is the Hospital Closed?

How do we find healing when we think the hospital of the soul is closed? Orthodoxy offers a very precise way in which to enter into communion with God. It is a way that must be learned, for simply “becoming Orthodox” will not lead the seeker into an inner life that will transform, and enlighten. Membership in the Church is…

The Power of the Cross

The tradition of posting a cross on the doors of Christians In the mid eighth century Saint John of Damascus said, “We venerate the Cross of Christ, by which the power of the demons and the deceit of the devil were destroyed.” From the time of the Early Church we Orthodox Christians have celebrated the cross as an emblem of…

Charity

The importance of promoting the welfare of others With thousands of Americans losing their jobs, due to the Pandemic that has descended upon our land, we are witnessing what some are seeing as another Great Depression coming our way. For those who have not lost their income, it is important for them to remember that such times offer a great…

The Cross of Christ

Why we should place a cross by our entrance door On Saturday morning, in the very early hours, I received a text message from a trusted priest friend, informing me of an apparition of the Holy Theotokos that had appeared on the Holy Mountain, shortly after all the monasteries had prayed the Paraklesis to the Mother of God, asking her…

Binding Ourselves to Christ

It is through the Church that we bind ourselves to Christ The Apostle Paul taught in I Timothy 3:15, that the Church is the pillar and ground of Truth, and it is to this Church that the Apostles entrusted the Faith, once and for all delivered to the saints as its guardian and protector (Jude v. 3). Thus, the Church’s…

When We’re Broken

What we must do when we’re broken It is only human to become despondent when we have failed in keeping to our moral, ethical and spiritual standards, succumbing, instead, to temptation. Our Orthodox Faith teaches that we must be compassionate towards others, loving, quick to forgive, exemplar in our Christian living, and always demonstrating to the world that we belong…

The Best of Times

While suffering under the pandemic I have been painfully aware that many people are feeling betrayed by their bishops and priests because of the closure of our churches, during this pandemic. Some have suggested that we priests are enjoying the services because we no longer have to suffer the hassles of having lay people around, and that while we clergy…

Sequestered

Our Lenten journey sequestered into the heart of the desert This period of the Great Lenten Fast, especially during a time when most Americans are confined to their homes because of the pandemic, is the perfect time to confront our sinful habits and weaknesses, such as the spirits of impatience, depression, and so on, for we’ve been gifted with an…