“Orthodoxism”

Turning Orthodoxy into an ideological religion If we allow ourselves to become spiritual gluttons, and turn the traditions of Orthodoxy into occasions for sensual and prideful displays, we will not embrace the grace that can be ours through quiet and penitential struggle. If our public displays of piety become distractions for fellow worshipers, we can actually be diverting our attention…

The Non-Orthodox

What about people who are not Orthodox? It is always a pity when people who claim to be Orthodox make judgements against fellow Christians. In the tradition of Orthodoxy, wherever we find beauty and truth, it is of God, and it is our calling, as Orthodox Christians, to rejoice when we see others have at least some portion of the…

Without God

If you choose yourself you are choosing nothing Our world has been turned upside down since this pandemic has hit. That our restaurants and bars are closed, businesses shut down, and even sporting events canceled, a society that has made these places the center of our social, and if I dare say, spiritual center, we are lost. What do we…

The Most Holy Theotokos

Let us seek the intercession of the Holy Virgin during this pandemic The Holy Virgin is a stumbling block for many protestants looking into Orthodoxy. The idea that this woman described in the Gospels in such humble terms could be called the Mother of God seems unbiblical to them. She was never called Mother of God in the Bible, they…

Divine Providence

God’s goodness is in all things Christ told us that in the last days, many trials and afflictions would befall the world. For those Christians who would lose their lives in this pandemic, we must see it as God harvesting the souls of His saints for His Kingdom. The very Lord who prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane for the…

Covid-19

Further thoughts concerning the pandemic and its effects on society As we continue to endure this pandemic, with many Americans now sequestered in their homes, with restaurants, bars, and most businesses and hotels closed down, many of us are now considering the possibility that we could be heading into a time of financial difficulty similar to the Great Depression. Even…

Submitting

Do we think ourselves wiser than the Church? In an age of unbelief it can be a struggle to submit to the laws of the Church. When the society around us regards the Church’s laws and traditions unfavorably, we can easily give in to thinking the same thing, and disregard the canons and statutes of the Church of Christ. If…

The Pandemic Upon Us

Let this plague serve as a call to reorient our gaze The State of Washington has greatly reduced the number of people who can be gathered in public places, including our churches. Given the lack of faith demonstrated by so many, blaming bishops and priests for the closure of churches, can we imagine how these same people would react should…

Lord Jesus Christ

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

Our Period of Lenten Solitude

In such times of trial it is important to live in accordance with the Gospels After further consultation with other monastery leaders and personal prayer and searching on the matter, we as a community have felt it to be important to make the Church services available to those who wish to come and pray to our Lord. The city of…

Watchfulness

Watchfulness and the guarding of the heart Watchfulness has been described by Elder Ephraim of Philotheou as “the axe which shatters the large trees, hitting their roots. When the root is struck, it doesn’t spring up again.” A conscientious attention to our thoughts is an important tactic in spiritual warfare, and is necessary if we are to have effective weapons…

Dark Times

What should a Christian’s response be to dark times As an Orthodox Christian, I do not believe God makes us suffer. However, I know that God sometimes allows me to suffer as a means of delivering me the salvific medicine that can bring about healing of my fallen nature. God knows I sometimes need to suffer in order to turn…