The Cure

Forgiveness is the cure for judgment, anger, and resentment Our Lord Jesus Christ told us: “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven (Luke 6:37).” In the Our Father, the very prayer given to His disciples after Christ was asked to teach them to pray, we…

Many have Contemplated Suicide

When we put on Christ we become God’s messenger of hope The Center for Deasese Control has found that 1-in-4 18-24 yr-olds had contemplated suicide in the previous 30 days, and 80% of students have reported the pandemic has had a negative impact on their mental health. Meanwhile, substance use continues to rise. The Vashon Island Youth and Family Services…

Repeat Offenders

Our habitual and repetitive sins make us repeat offenders In the Mystery of Confession we avail ourselves before the analoy stand, upon which the holy cross and the Gospel Book rest. The priest stands in as the witness, whereas in the early Church confession was done before the whole congregation of the faithful. After we have confessed before the Lord,…

The Darkness

Avoiding This Present Darkness For those who embrace the enjoyment of partying and entertainment, all in an attempt to avoid the hardships and life struggles that make great souls, they will have failed to embrace the essential element that makes this life journey salvific. They will have avoided their service of love by enduring those difficulties that unite them to…

The Surrender of Self-Will

We must give ourselves over to the loving embrace of Christ These days with the constant bombardment of noise from the multimedia, fears from without and within, and pressures on all sides it is very easy to quickly become forgetful and lose sight of how we are called as Christians to walk in accordance with His Gospel commandments. We can…

The Struggle

The 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…

Imitate the Publican

The saints serve as models for our lives Our Orthodox Christian life is not designed to be invented as we go, for by the very nature of the Church we are instructed to use as our model of living, the lives of the saints that have gone on before us. Their lives are held up before us as examples of…

Preparing for Great Lent

Lent is the springtime cleaning of the soul We are only a few weeks away from the beginning of Great Lent, and this is therefore a good time to take a closer look at just what faith means. However simply it might be, whatever we do to please God is important, for in the eyes of the Lord, however simple…

These Dark Times

The darkness can only be scattered by the Light of Christ The very essence of our Christian faith is love because God Himself is love (1 John 4:8). Thus, our Christian morality, our ethics, and even our liturgical services and rites, are inconceivable in the absence of love. And, this love is not merely an act that has sprung up…

In Our Silence

In silence the acquisition of holiness can be ours This holiness is not simply the result of having cultivated virtues, or controlling oneself through asceticism, but rather having a completely organic relationship with Christ. This organic relationship is the result of going through stages of repentance and purity, leading to a remarkable state of union with Christ, seen by the…

The Evangelical and Apostolic Faith

There is less and less of authentic Christianity to be seen in our world today One of the most powerful reasons for embracing Orthodoxy is to be found in the Church’s insistence that she holds to the evangelical and apostolic doctrine of the Ancient Church. In an age when everything is up for change, there is a certain security and…