Our Lenten Journey

Our transformation through the Lenten Journey The Byzantine Court was filled with sycophants, busying themselves with building alliances that would help them rise in status and influence. During the thousand years of the empire, a few emperors were tricked into believing these sycophants were truly their friends, and could be trusted, when in actuality they were being played, and these…

Taste the Presence

Taste the presence of Christ beside you We all need a good dose of silent prayer each and every day. Finding that perfect place in our home that can become our cave, or prayer closet, will afford us that sacred space wherein we can go deep into the heart and connect with God. That place wherein we can close off…

Our Free Choice

We are not compelled to love God We are not compelled to love God, having been created with free will. God does not, nor can He, compel His creatures to love Him. Mutual love requires, by its very nature, freedom to either respond in love, or not. Yet when we respond to God’s love with love His mercy leads us…

The Heart

An ignored heart is a lost heart It is important that we direct all our thoughts, all our actions, and all our desires towards a burning love for God. Our heart must become inflamed with the love of God, and all our intellectual and emotional striving must be directed towards the development of the heart, for the Kingdom of God…

Ascetic Struggle

Living our lives in total commitment Christianity is a religion of asceticism, instructing us to store up our treasures in heaven, where the benefits have eternal value. Throughout the New Testament we read of the importance of struggle, where focus on the acquisition of a humble and contrite heart is paramount to what it means to be a Christian. The…

Our Divided Society

A healthy society values both their old and their young There are two major populations within our society that are seeing a statistical rise in the number of suicides. At a time when a growing body of research shows that people with the most social power pay scant attention to those with little such power, our nation’s youth, and the…

Humility

The dark ink God’s grace uses to write His Law on our hearts We all struggle with our passions, and like Saint Paul we can say we do that which we do not want to do and do not do what we want to do. The passions hold us down close to the ground in our sin and fallen nature.…

Witnessing Faith to Our Children

We must empower children in the Orthodox faith Every Orthodox parent wants their children to grow up attending Sunday Liturgies and staying active in the life of the Church throughout their lives. Yet many parents don’t demonstrate the importance of having a relationship with God in front of their children. If we do not make God important, neither will our…

The Inverted Pyramid

It is essential for us to find the way of humility Saint Sophrony of Essex, himself the spiritual son and biographer of Saint Silouan of the Holy Mountain, wrote that the empirical cosmic being is like a pyramid: at the top sit the powerful of the earth, who exercise dominion over others, and at the bottom stand the common people,…

God in Art and Music

True art is a mirror of God’s beauty and light Some time ago I wrote, “some secular music sounds like it had its birth in the depths of hell”. Certainly music itself cannot come from Satan, for it is given birth from the creative mind of people. Some people, however, are influenced by evil powers, and their music, and their…