True Repentance 

True repentance must culminate in the Sacrament of Confession Confession is a God-given commandment, and it is one of the Sacraments of our Church. Confession must never become a formal, habitual, and unprepared act, coming forth from a sense of duty or obligation. Nor can we allow our confession to be nothing beyond some sort of psychological relief.  Our confession…

Suffering Love

Without suffering the cross cannot be embraced In comparison to eternity, the trials we suffer in this life are but a blip on the meter. Many are suffering job loss, illnesses, mortgage foreclosures, and all kinds of strife and hardships. Yet if we look at all these difficulties in light of eternity, this time of trial is nothing. “For I…

Love

The preeminence of love Obedience is a central theme throughout the history of salvation. Without obedience to God’s commandments, there can be no salvation, for the nous (the eye of the soul) must be healed before we can be made whole. The role of obedience is so central, in fact, that submission to God’s will must take place before the…

Governed by the Gospel

The Gospel of Christ, and the political situation of our nation We dare not reduce the Gospel of Christ to a battle between political and social issues that potentially alienate many to the message of redemption. The world around us has become hostile to whatever the Church has to say, and has made even the most basic of Christianity’s values…

The Proof of Love

Our Faith without good works is dead The very moment faith enters the soul is that moment when we turn toward God in repentance and recognize we can not live without Him. As we grow in our faith we come to realize we must remain in a continual state of repentance, for grace abounds in the heart of the man…

Sharing Our Orthodox Faith

The Ancient Faith that is Orthodoxy is too precious to be hidden from others There are people who insist on holding on to resentment, often inventing situations in their minds that never happened, justifying their bad behavior by putting the blame on others. They always see themselves as the abused party. Such behavior betrays a deep spiritual and psychological illness,…

The Critic

The critic, fearing failure, does nothing It is easy to be critical of another person, finding fault with what we perceive they are doing, have done, or have not done. Yet the man who points out how another man has stumbled, finding fault in something he himself has not done, and in what he himself thinks he could have done…

The Saving Enclosure of the Church

The work of the Church is to help us become aware of our eternal vocation The work of the Church is to seek out the lost sheep and bring them into her fold; that “saving enclosure” wherein we must find ways to consciously work out our salvation with the help of others. The modern mission of the Church is to…

UPDATE

I just got up from ten and a half hours of sleep, having been exhausted from my hospital stay. Fathers Paul and Martin picked me up from Swedish Medical Center late yesterday afternoon. I’m doing well for an old guy, even though I was asked if I had a walker available at home, and if I had access to “home…

Seeking Reconciliation

We need not depend on the other person cooperating in reconciliation There are people who insist on holding on to resentment, often inventing situations in their minds that never happened, justifying their bad behavior by putting the blame on others. They always see themselves as the abused party. Such behavior betrays a deep spiritual and psychological illness, one that is…

The Health Club

Successful membership in a health club requires exercise and commitment Health clubs make much of their profit from people who decide to join because they want to get in shape, but after a few sessions with the weights, drop out. Membership in the Church, like the health club, requires that we put effort into it, lest we find ourselves dropping…