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…

“Orthodoxism”

Turning Orthodoxy into an ideological religion If we allow ourselves to become spiritual gluttons, and turn the traditions of Orthodoxy into occasions for sensual and prideful displays, we will not embrace the grace that can be ours through quiet and penitential struggle. If our public displays of piety become distractions for fellow worshipers, we can actually be diverting our attention…

The Non-Orthodox

What about people who are not Orthodox? It is always a pity when people who claim to be Orthodox make judgements against fellow Christians. In the tradition of Orthodoxy, wherever we find beauty and truth, it is of God, and it is our calling, as Orthodox Christians, to rejoice when we see others have at least some portion of the…

Without God

If you choose yourself you are choosing nothing Our world has been turned upside down since this pandemic has hit. That our restaurants and bars are closed, businesses shut down, and even sporting events canceled, a society that has made these places the center of our social, and if I dare say, spiritual center, we are lost. What do we…

The Most Holy Theotokos

Let us seek the intercession of the Holy Virgin during this pandemic The Holy Virgin is a stumbling block for many protestants looking into Orthodoxy. The idea that this woman described in the Gospels in such humble terms could be called the Mother of God seems unbiblical to them. She was never called Mother of God in the Bible, they…

Divine Providence

God’s goodness is in all things Christ told us that in the last days, many trials and afflictions would befall the world. For those Christians who would lose their lives in this pandemic, we must see it as God harvesting the souls of His saints for His Kingdom. The very Lord who prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane for the…

Covid-19

Further thoughts concerning the pandemic and its effects on society As we continue to endure this pandemic, with many Americans now sequestered in their homes, with restaurants, bars, and most businesses and hotels closed down, many of us are now considering the possibility that we could be heading into a time of financial difficulty similar to the Great Depression. Even…