My Mom

Grateful for the love of my mother The most important gift I received from my mother was the gift of love. She loved me, and demonstrated her love for me throughout my childhood. She also showed me how to love others, and that ability to be open to love, and to express love for others, eventually taught me to love…

Frontline Chaplains

Ministering to people caught up in natural disasters Frontline, the International Orthodox Christian Charities disaster dispatch team, held its annual training seminary in Chicago. Orthodox priests and lay people who serve under the umbrella of Frontline minister to people whose lives have been turned upside down during major disasters. Putting the words of the gospels to work, Frontline Chaplains serve…

Thank You!

For your continued prayerful and financial support All-Merciful Saviour Monastery is a non-profit, 501 C3 organization, under IRS regulations.All donations are therefore tax deductible. We support ourselves through the sales of Monastery Blend Coffee, and a little gift shop. We grow as many of our fruits and vegetables as we can, raise bees, and have chickens and ducks for our…

Avoiding Hypocrisy

It is very easy to live our lives in hypocrisy if we are not mindful of the pitfalls of the spiritual life. We can become Pharisees without even noticing, if we let our Christianity be artificially lived. Living our lives as though we have been rehearsed by a stage director, we will have accomplished nothing, and will remain no more…

Trusting God

Putting our trust in God, regardless It is often difficult for us to put our total trust in God. We have our own agenda as to what WE think needs to happen and wonder where God is when we don’t get the answer to our prayers the way we think it should be. We are like little children who doubt…

The Psychopath

The problem of evil in God’s creation We’ve all read news reports of horrid cases of people being imprisoned for long periods of time by perverted individuals who have been later diagnosed as classic psychopaths. By definition, psychopaths are individuals who are hateful towards others, and incapable of empathy. Sometimes known as Dissocial Personality Disorder, or Narcissistic Personality Disorder (alternate…

Loving One’s Neighbor

Loving our neighbor requires commitment When we commit to behaving as though we love others, making every effort to be kind and generous towards them, a wonderfully surprising thing happens. We eventually actually do love others. Learning to truly love our neighbor takes commitment on our part. We must will ourselves to learn to love everyone. With love in Christ,…

A Sunday Off

When our church attendance drops off It seems we all go through periods in our lives when our church attendance drops off. Work and home life can seem hectic, and we fall into the trap of letting ourselves feel overwhelmed. Given the fast pace of our active lives, and feeling like we just don’t have enough time in the day,…

Correct Yourself

And healing will happen to a small part of the Church Whenever we hear of problems in the Church it is our natural inclination to want to read all about it and root out all the details. Yet if we really want to benefit our soul, we should take the advice of the Elder Paisios of Mt. Athos. His advice: “If…

Artificial Christianity

Avoiding hypocrisy in our journey to God It is very easy to live our lives in hypocrisy if we are not mindful of the pitfalls of the spiritual life. We can become Pharisees without even noticing, if we let our Christianity be artificially lived. Living our lives as though we have been rehearsed by a stage director, we will have…

Standing before God

The Orthodox practice of standing for worship Standing before God has been the only acceptable posture for Orthodox Christians from the earliest of times. We recognize that a faithful servant would never sit before his master, for the faithful are all servants of the Lord, whom we worship as we stand in our temples. The Holy Apostle Paul tells us,…

Not Perfect

The Church is not perfect because we are not perfect Some months ago I received an email from a man who wanted to know why I had placed myself and this monastery under the Patriarchate of Moscow. Along with referring to the Patriarch of Constantinople as “Bart”, and claiming to be “a faithful Orthodox Christian”, he went on to accuse…