How not to be an Obstacle to Prayer

Bishop George standing in front of Vashon Island’s Point Robinson Lighthouse Place Yourself Secondary when Praying to God You have associations with certain individuals who get a dazed look on their faces when the conversation drifts to a topic that does not center on them. I remember one such individual who’d actually wait for an entry during a slight pause…

The Chaplain

Chaplaincy: Manifesting God’s Love Recently I was granted the honor of addressing the graduating class of the Police and Fire Chaplains Academy at the Washington State Criminal Justice Center in Burien, WA. These twenty-nine chaplains from around the country had just completed a fifty-seven hour course, and are now beginning service to their perspective communities as police and fire chaplains.…

I am a Grateful Man

Thirty-one Years a Monk After thirty-one years as a monk, and eighteen years in the priesthood, I am hard pressed to think there could be any other life for me. I am content. Living in community with my brothers, and celebrating the divine services in the monastery’s temple, has given me the spiritual sustenance needed for all the other ministries…

A Peaceful Heart

Serving Liturgy with Bishop George of Mayfield Turning to Christ as our Refuge from the Storm These difficult times are causing more and more people to lose hope. The struggle just to stay the course has become increasingly stressful for ever increasing numbers of people, and Christians are no exception. When we are down it is good for us to…

How to Support Your Priest

Bishop George You Can Better Help Your Priest and Bishop by Understanding this One Thing   Parish priests feel pressures that are found in no other profession. The type of man that generally is drawn to the holy priesthood is one who has a heart for serving others. Bishops and priests are often expected to do far more than is…

The Lost Sheep

Hieromonk Paul and Bishop George Leaving the ninety-nine for the one The work of the Church is to seek out the lost sheep, and bring them into the fold. The modern mission of the Church is to go out into the community and find those who are lost. Many who were previously Orthodox, but never made a personal commitment that…

Cloud of Witnesses

The Saints are Alive in Christ Jesus Vigil lights are placed before the icons of the saints, according to Saint Symeon the New Theologian, as a way of showing that without the Light, Who is Christ, the saints are nothing. It is only as the light of Christ shines on them that they become alive and resplendent. The saints show…

Atheists

I’ve Never Met an Atheist! The young man announced at the beginning of a college class, that he was an atheist. I’d been invited as a guest lecturer, and had opened the talk with the observation that everyone has a nous that hungers for God. This young man took exception, declaring there was no God, and furthermore stating that he…

Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives “Our life depends on the kind of thoughts we nurture. If our thoughts are peaceful, calm, meek, and kind, then that is what our life is like. If our attention is turned to the circumstances in which we live, we are drawn into a whirlpool of thoughts and can have neither peace nor tranquility (Elder…

Chief of Sinners

Witnessing to the Love of Christ What is our responsibility, as Orthodox Christians, as regards those who do not live according to biblical morality? We first remember that we have fallen short of the glory of God, and say, like Saint Paul, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to…

Standing against Violence

The Struggle for Peace Must Begin With Me After yesterday’s essay concerning the Orthodox priests who were part of a mob attack on a homosexual demonstration in the country of Georgia, I was reminded of a photo I have in my archives. Instead of leading a violent attack, and being photographed bashing a trash can against the window of a…

He Who is Without Sin?

“We have all sinned and fall short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23).” We Orthodox often miss the mark in understanding and ministering to this world. We fail the words of Christ, “to love one another as God has loved us”, and forget we are charged by Our Lord to bring healing and wholeness to those struggling in this…