Theophany

Also known as the Feast of Lights The Feast of the Holy Theophany of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ is celebrated each year on January 6 (19 New Style). The Feast commemorates the Baptism of Christ and the divine revelation of the Holy Trinity. At the Baptism of Christ, all three Persons of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and…

The Middle Way

Do not turn to the right or to the left (Prov. 4:7) Evil is the sickness of the soul, for it deprives the soul of its own healthy nature, which is virtue. Virtues are in the middle between excess and laxness. It is the middle way that keeps us on the road to salvation. This is why we must not…

Bullying

Children must be taught kindness at an early age More and more frequently we read about children taking their own lives, having reached a place where they would rather be dead, than live another hour suffering from bullying. Too often parents and teachers have ignored the problem of bullying, dismissing it as nothing more than “kids will be kids”, and…

Spiritual Therapy

Monasteries are therapeutic centers for spiritual healing Monastics are an integral part of the Church and should not be seen as independent of the Church Universal. Monks are bound by the same Gospel as other Christians and need to avail themselves to the missionary and pastoral needs of the Church, as needed. Although a primary role of monasticism is to…

Remembrance of God

Remembrance of God is the foundation of all good things The importance of having a regular confessor can not be underestimated. Most of us find it uncomfortable to think upon our faults, failures, and sins, because we like to “feel good” about ourselves. We puff up our image around others, brag about our accomplishments, and feign humility. We try to…

Feast of the Circumcision

Christ shows us that He obeys the law and came to fulfill it, not to abolish it The Feast of the Holy Nativity,  the Feast of the Circumcision, and the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple,  are three consecutive events that marked the beginning of Christ’s life and ministry on this earth, and we celebrate those…

Dark Times

All suffering is ultimately for our salvation God reigns over all, and He actively cares for us. We simply need to pay more attention to the truth of His presence in our lives. We need to see that the negative things we are witnessing are not, ultimately, about the truth of our lives, nor the truth about our situation. If…

The Holy Mysteries

The Holy Eucharist defies analysis precisely because it is a mystery Eternity is an everlasting banquet (the Divine Liturgy) that takes place in the heavenly realm. Every time we participate in the Divine Liturgy we are transported into a place where there is neither time nor space, and participate in that very banquet. As we receive the Holy Mysteries (Christ’s…

A New Era of Faith

Now is the time for us to usher in a new era of Faith Young people are filled with ideas, dreams, goals, and their youthful exuberance is full of hope and vitality. It is with this very energy and vitality, hope and dreams, and even innocence, that young people will be bringing to the table, as they begin to replace…

Climate Change

Climate change is a reality that is ignored to our peril We of the twenty-first century have given ourselves over to consuming addictions more than any time in history. Even a casual look at how we live our lives makes it abundantly clear that we are so caught up in our addictions that we can’t even begin to notice that…

The Quest for Humility

The quest for humility comes through uniting yourself to the humility of Christ Struggling with pride, we must focus on bringing our own will into conformity with the will of God. We must take up the tradition of the Church, and make it our own, while recognizing that false humility is almost wholly the product of self-righteous hypocrisy. It is…