The Gift of Laughter

Joy is the infallible sign of God’s presence One of the teachings of recent saints that has struck many people in recent times has been the teachings of Saint Paisios of Mt. Athos, and Elder Thaddeus of Serbia, to consciously cultivate godly, positive ways of thinking and feeling. Although we have no written evidence that Our Lord Jesus Christ laughed,…

The Wonderful Truth

It is God Who sought me out I’m facing another three day hospitalization on the 2nd of November. My cardiologist has decided they need to do another procedure for my heart, so, once again, I am facing my mortality. I turn 75 on the 9th of November, so I am nearing the age when my own father died of heart…

Reclaiming Our Common Heritage

Replacing political correctness with love and respect I have witnessed many changes in this nation during my 75 years, but the one change that has saddened me the most is that the influence of Christianity has been replaced by virtues running wild – particularly “a hungering and thirsting for righteousness”,extracted out from its original Christian foundation. These berserk, secular “virtues”…

The Homosexual Person

The homosexual person in light of our Orthodox Faith My heart goes out to homosexual men and women who face a life of rejection and loneliness. I do not believe the majority of them chose to be homosexual. A person would have to be insane to choose a sexual proclivity that fosters hatred and rejection, and in many cases, being…

Medicine for the Heart

We must receive the spiritual medicine for the heart on a daily basis One medicine for the heart is the use of a “Prayer Rule.” This “Rule” is of the utmost importance, for the prayer rule helps develop the discipline we all need to progress, spiritually. It is one of the great tools the Orthodox Way has to offer, and…

Overcoming Disinclination

The soul requires discipline to overcome our disinclination  The soul suffers from a certain blindness when it comes to itself. In our desire to be more relaxed, we allow indolence, insensitivity, and deceit to rule our soul. In our refusal to enter more deeply into Christ’s commandments and master the work of salvation, complacency sets in. Since no one can…

The Ancient Faith

The transformational power of a Faith unchanged In an age when many Christian denominations are trying to appear relevant and modern, I am finding that large numbers of people are drawn to the Ancient Faith by the beard and robe. I am constantly thanked for dressing as I do by people who appreciate symbols of faith in the midst of…

Uncreated Energies

Man’s participation in the uncreated energies of God Our Orthodox patristic tradition holds that it is through God’s own uncreated energies that we are able to participate in His own being, light, and glory. We can not know God through our own faculties, for God is beyond human comprehension. The rational mind alone can not know God, for God is…

Holy Monasteries

Monasteries are centers for spiritual healing and intercessory prayer 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…

Living Without Fear

When we live as problem centered people we miss the mark There are a lot of fear based communities in our world. Some are religious and some are political. All are guilty of missing the mark when it comes to the message of the Church. We Christians were not programmed to be victims, living in fear. For the Christian the…

Sharing Orthodoxy

We must serve as a missionary people to our communities Two Byzantine brothers, Saints Cyril and Methodius, brought Orthodox Christianity to the Slavs in the ninth century. The brilliance of Eastern Orthodox missionary outreach, as opposed to that of the Latin Church, was in the very use of the vernacular. These great saints who became known as the Apostles to…