Love

Passing on the gift of love My father was a golf pro in Spokane, Washington, during my grade and early middle school years, and the country club was the center of our family’s social life. My brother, Dwayne, and I use to play an average of 18 to 36 holes of golf every day, during the summer months (when we…

Past Regrets

Clinging to past regrets can be a rejection of the very meaning of repentance Transformation is not something that happens in an instant, but is a journey towards holiness, and as long as we look to the future with hope, transformation of the heart continues, and our past becomes but a fading memory. There are many people who cling to…

Our Noble Calling

Christ calls us to ultimate happiness As Orthodox Christians, we must conduct ourselves as children of the Most High. We must align our own will, our own desires, and our own hearts, to reflect our relationship with God. Our lives must reflect our love for Christ, and our desire to be numbered among His people. Even though we are unworthy…

Miracles of Light

We can never be sure what is or is not a misfortune until it all plays out Our power went out during a major wind storm  at 1:20 am Sunday morning, and was off until the Little Entrance of the Nativity Liturgy.  After exactly 33 hours (like the 33 years of Our Lord’s ministry on earth), the lights came back…

Authentic Faith

The Church must proclaim the Good News in all humility and 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,…

The Nativity

The condescension of God and the deification of man Those of us who observe the Julian Calendar have now completed the Nativity Fast, where we have abstained from meat, eggs, dairy products, anger, envy and other habits, for the sake of promoting the discipline the soul. We are now joining hundreds of millions of Orthodox Christians around the world, in…

The River of Fire

An all-consuming fire and an illuminating light Upon Christ’s Second Coming, everyone who has ever lived will see Him in His uncreated light, forever. For “those who worked good deeds in their lifetime will go towards the resurrection of life, while those who worked evil in their lifetime will go towards the resurrection of judgment (John.5:29)”. All will be separated…

Arrogance

Arrogance produces disobedience It does not matter how many books we read, or acts of charity we perform, if our pride leaves no room for the grace that comes from the Holy Spirit. Our arrogance can produce only destructive disobedience, while humility produces obedience, and leads to the salvation of our souls. The Lord instructed us to, “Learn from me,…

Church Etiquette

Proper etiquette upon entering an Orthodox temple From ancient times, the traditional posture for prayer and worship in the Orthodox Church has been to stand. Traditionally Orthodox churches have no pews, but do provide chairs or benches on the side walls reserved for the elderly and infirm. When worshiping in churches with pews, we need know it is fully acceptable…

The Sabbath Day

The Orthodox view of the Sabbath Day The Orthodox Church does not see an obligation for her people to follow the Saturday Sabbath. Just as her faithful are not obligated to follow the Old Testament dietary restrictions, upon which our Jewish friends hold to Kosher laws, or the required practice of circumcision as a sign of our covenant with God,…

The Orthodox Church

The Ancient Christian Church in the modern world We are part of the worldwide Orthodox Church – the oldest Christian Church in the world. This is not a theological statement, it is an historical one. In every part of the world there are Orthodox churches, missions, and monasteries. They are found in traditionally Orthodox countries such as  Russia, Greece, Romania,…

A New Year

And a new beginning Today we celebrate the beginning of 2019, a New Year, and with it a chance to recommit ourselves to working harder at making changes in our lives that will lead to spiritual growth. The Lord’s patience never runs out, so we always have the invitation to renew our commitment to Him. The New Year is that…