Benefactors

When the Slanderer become the Physician When others are critical of us or speak ill of us, it seems natural that we would respond in anger. Yet it is far more profitable for our soul if we refrain from defending ourselves. If we choose to see these individuals as our benefactors, placed in our lives by God to teach us…

Sovereignty

Click on photo to enarge The Ruling Power Inherent in our Nature According to Saint Gregory Palamas, God has given us lordship over all the earth because of our capacity for sovereignty. With this sovereignty comes the responsibility to be good stewards of that which God has given us. “There is within our soul’s nature a governing and ruling faculty,…

Friendships

Hieromonk Paul and Abbot Tryphon Lake Crescent Lodge Bishop George and Hieromonk Paul The Road to Olympic National Park The Blessings of Good FriendsIt has been said that you can count yourself a rich man if you have one good friend. I often feel like I am a billionaire, for my life has been blessed a thousand times over, with…

How not to be an Obstacle to Prayer

Bishop George standing in front of Vashon Island’s Point Robinson Lighthouse Place Yourself Secondary when Praying to God You have associations with certain individuals who get a dazed look on their faces when the conversation drifts to a topic that does not center on them. I remember one such individual who’d actually wait for an entry during a slight pause…

The Chaplain

Chaplaincy: Manifesting God’s Love Recently I was granted the honor of addressing the graduating class of the Police and Fire Chaplains Academy at the Washington State Criminal Justice Center in Burien, WA. These twenty-nine chaplains from around the country had just completed a fifty-seven hour course, and are now beginning service to their perspective communities as police and fire chaplains.…

I am a Grateful Man

Thirty-one Years a Monk After thirty-one years as a monk, and eighteen years in the priesthood, I am hard pressed to think there could be any other life for me. I am content. Living in community with my brothers, and celebrating the divine services in the monastery’s temple, has given me the spiritual sustenance needed for all the other ministries…

A Peaceful Heart

Serving Liturgy with Bishop George of Mayfield Turning to Christ as our Refuge from the Storm These difficult times are causing more and more people to lose hope. The struggle just to stay the course has become increasingly stressful for ever increasing numbers of people, and Christians are no exception. When we are down it is good for us to…

How to Support Your Priest

Bishop George You Can Better Help Your Priest and Bishop by Understanding this One Thing   Parish priests feel pressures that are found in no other profession. The type of man that generally is drawn to the holy priesthood is one who has a heart for serving others. Bishops and priests are often expected to do far more than is…

The Lost Sheep

Hieromonk Paul and Bishop George Leaving the ninety-nine for the one The work of the Church is to seek out the lost sheep, and bring them into the fold. The modern mission of the Church is to go out into the community and find those who are lost. Many who were previously Orthodox, but never made a personal commitment that…

Cloud of Witnesses

The Saints are Alive in Christ Jesus Vigil lights are placed before the icons of the saints, according to Saint Symeon the New Theologian, as a way of showing that without the Light, Who is Christ, the saints are nothing. It is only as the light of Christ shines on them that they become alive and resplendent. The saints show…

Atheists

I’ve Never Met an Atheist! The young man announced at the beginning of a college class, that he was an atheist. I’d been invited as a guest lecturer, and had opened the talk with the observation that everyone has a nous that hungers for God. This young man took exception, declaring there was no God, and furthermore stating that he…

Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives “Our life depends on the kind of thoughts we nurture. If our thoughts are peaceful, calm, meek, and kind, then that is what our life is like. If our attention is turned to the circumstances in which we live, we are drawn into a whirlpool of thoughts and can have neither peace nor tranquility (Elder…