Imitate the Publican

The saints 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 holiness.…

Secularism

The aggressive secularization of America As an American I have watched with sadness, the eroding of our Christian values and standards of living. When I was in grade school, each day was begun with the reading of the Bible, broadcast over the intercom system (yes, we had the technology when I was little). At my graduation from high school, there…

The Whole Person

We are both soul and body Unlike angels, who are entirely spiritual beings, God has made each of us as creatures dwelling in a material world. To be whole, we must worship God both in body and soul. This teaching is central to our Christian faith and is an affirmation of the sacramental nature of this material world. Because of…

Correction

Correction regarding the Sinai monastery Dear friends, I contacted a knowledgeable person concerning my blog article’s context, after receiving a note alleging the information I received from the Russian Orthodox news site Pravoslavie Ru, was incorrect. This person is one of the Sinai monastery’s main contacts in the United States. In turn, they forwarded my article to a devout Orthodox…

Another Islamic Attack on Christians

Bedouins attack St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai The ancient Monastery of Saint Catherine’s, situated on the Biblical land of the Sinai peninsula, has been once again been attacked by Muslim extremists and local authorities, this in spite of the long standing charity provided to the Bedouins by the monks. These Muslims took the monastery by storm, eventually managing to…

The Authority of Love

The authority of the Church must be grounded in love If she be true to herself, the Church acts with an authority that is grounded in love. She holds within her realm the authority to make her people the children of God. She has the authority to forgive, and the capacity to love. And just as her Head, Jesus Christ,…

Born of Love

Love and prayer are interconnected If we find fault in others, our self-indulgent attitude keeps us from having a successful interaction with God. Prayer is born of love, while fault-finding, idle talk and self-indulgence are the death of prayer. Love and prayer are interconnected because both involve God, and if we love God we are given the power to keep…

One Person at a Time

Changing the world begins with me The Elder Sophroni of Essex said he believed in changing the world, one person at a time. These words are in agreement with those of Saint Seraphim of Sarov, who said acquiring inner peace causes a thousand around us to be saved. As long as we concentrate on the failings of others, inner transformation…

Orthodoxy

The living Faith of the Apostles, offering healing for every age and time Orthodoxy is the very Church founded by Christ Himself. The Ancient Church of the New Testament, whose first bishops were the holy apostles themselves, is to be found in all her purity and glory, within the walls of the Orthodox Church of today. Preserved once and for…

End Times

Are these the End Times? The cultural and spiritual warfare that is taking place between the “Christian” West, and the Islamic Middle East, together with the extreme climate changes taking place around the world, have become a source of concern for many. Coupled with the polarization of the populous within the United States, and the mass apostasy from Christianity in…

Struggle

Holiness comes only to those who struggle Not an hour should pass without taking time to examine our heart, for the hour of judgement can come at any time, and we must be ready to give account to God for our life. There is no spiritual improvement if we do not seek to please God with holiness of life. If…

Theosis

The meaning of salvation in the Ancient Church According to Protopresbyter George Metallinos, Dean of the Athens University School of Theology, “For we Orthodox the unique and absolute goal of life in Christ is theosis, our union with God, so that man – through his participation in God’s uncreated energy – may become “by the Grace of God” that which…