SILENCE

Entering into the Silence All Orthodox Christians are aware of the importance of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, in our journey to God. These three practices are at the heart of the Great Lenten Fast for all practicing Orthodox Christians, but we all should make these the heart of our everyday life throughout the year. Prayer is our way of communicating…

DADS

On Being a Good Father I’ll forever be grateful for the love and support I received from my father. My dad never let a day pass without assuring his two sons of his love and acceptance. Albert Parsons always imaged to his sons the importance of living an honest life, and being kind to everyone. Generous almost to a fault,…

THE PROBLEM OF EVIL

Darkness Does Not Exist in Its Own Right Our Orthodox Christian theology views evil not as a primeval essence that is co-eternal and equal to God, but rather a falling away from good. Evil does not exist in and of itself, and was not created by God. Our Orthodox Church rejects the Gnostic teaching that the entirety of being is…

LUST

Waging War Against  the Flesh Since the eyes and the ears are the doors of the soul, an Orthodox Christian must not leave the body without attention. Unlike the religion of Gnosticism, which teaches the separation of soul and body, with the physical world being evil and something to be overcome, historic Christianity teaches the unity of the body and…

INCENSE

Let My Prayer Arise as Incense Before Thee From Old Testament times believers have burned incense as an offering when worshiping God. The ancient temple in Jerusalem even had priests whose sole duty was to keep the censer burning twenty-four hours a day. Ancient pagan kings were often escorted with large fans of peacock feathers and burning incense when entering…

THE STRUGGLE

Holiness Comes Only to Those Who Struggle There is no spiritual improvement if we do not seek to please God with holiness of life. If we find good in our deeds, we must attribute it to God. If we find we’ve neglected our spiritual struggle, and acted with foolish abandon, we, in our weakness, must turn to God in repentance.…

SUBSTANCE AND SHADOW

The Light of Christ Does Not Cast a Shadow A shadow is an area where direct light from a  source, such as the Sun, cannot reach due to obstruction by an object. It occupies all of the space behind an object with light in front of it. “Substance” on the other hand is that which is solid and practical in…

BIRTH CONTROL

Birth Control, and the Orthodox Christian Couple Marriage, for the Orthodox Christian, is to have as it’s foundation, Jesus Christ, and a commitment to live in full communion with the Church. When a couple are joined together in this mystical (sacramental) union with one another, they become one flesh, and begin their relationship as one. The crowning ceremony symbolizes martyrdom…

THE WILL OF GOD

He Who Trusts the Will of God Has No Worries With all the troubles that are now befalling our world, many people find themselves worrying about the future. The pandemic, as well as the political instability that has taken the West by storm, together with job stability, has given many people cause for concern. Yet for the Christian, we know…