A Consuming Fire

God is a consuming fire and His fire scorches everything That God would allow evil to exist in the first place is a mystery, for the scriptures do not explain this. Yet we do know through the scriptures that true love must express itself in action, and in the face of evil and suffering, a Christian is called to action…

Loving Support

The reason for my blog articles and podcasts In today’s world, it is more important then ever for we Orthodox Christians to support one another in any way we can, that we “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). My reason for writing each day is to try and lend support to fellow believers…

Narcissistic Clericalism

Clericalism shouldn’t have anything to do with Christianity The recent release of the findings of the District Attorney of Pennsylvania, have resurrected the memory of the failure of the hierarchs of the Roman Catholic Church to properly address the problem of the continuing sex abuse in the Catholic Church. As a priest, I am deeply shocked, almost beyond words, and…

The Struggle

Our struggle against the passions and our victory in Christ As we struggle with anger, gluttony, with judging others, sexual impurity and a myriad of others passions, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. We find ourselves feeling defeated and tempted to give up the battle. Sometimes we even tell ourselves that we have no choice, for we were…

Wisdom

Wisdom is not based on age It has been said that wisdom comes with age, and to some degree this is quite true. I’ve often had conversations with old college friends about how nice it would have been to have had the knowledge and wisdom we have now, back when we were young. Knowing what we know now, back then,…

My Own Sins

I must accuse myself, blame myself, judge myself I see people’s sins, but I don’t know whether they have made peace with God. I don’t know if the person who has sinned regrets it, but I am not called to judge them, but only to forgive them. As I become aware of my own sins, and begin to realize how…

Unbelief

The Ultimate Sickness Humankind’s ultimate sickness, is that of unbelief. This world is the place of preparation for our life in eternity, the place where we are prepared for the Kingdom that is to come. Within this world, Our Lord Jesus Christ established a hospital in which the medicine for the cure of our sickness is available, and this hospital…

Holistic Orthodoxy

Our Orthodoxy must be holistic in practice As an adjective, the word holistic is characterized by the comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. Holistic Medicine is characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a…

Representing Orthodoxy

On being ambassadors for the Faith It was relatively late in my life when I embraced Orthodoxy. Having wandered in a spiritual wasteland, and knowing I was drying up spiritually, I found myself looking for something that would fill the void. Orthodoxy had not been in my scope, seeming, as it were, to be some exotic, eastern form of a…

Why Ask the Saints?

Jesus is the sole mediator between God and man Most Protestant churches strongly reject all saintly intercession, citing passages such as 1 Timothy 2:1-5, which says that Jesus is the sole mediator between God and man, as well as Deuteronomy 18:10-11 which seems to forbid invoking departed souls. They also point to the fact that there are no examples in…

A Monastery Blessed

My saintly elder and eldress are the foundation of this monastery Established in 1986, our monastery was dedicated to Christ our All-Merciful Saviour, and we began the journey into a greater and deeper dedication of ourselves to Christ. We’ve had a difficult path to travel, with many hardships along the way. There was a night I remember clearly, when I…

Orthodoxy is Not Magic

Our Orthodoxy must not be allowed to be mere formulas We can’t just order up that which God has for us, but we must make sure we are open to the movement of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Making life around the Church a high priority in our week can serve as a good start, but Orthodoxy is by…