Uncompromising

Living the Evangelical Life of the Gospels Monks are not necessarily holy, but by vocation are attempting to become holy. The world is constantly asking for compromise, but the monk tries to live a life that is an ancient ideal, where Christ reigns in the heart and the world is kept at bay. Monks enter into the evangelical life of…

The Way of Christ

Entrance to Monastery Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk said, “Do not think about the sins of your brother but about what in him is better than in yourself.” These words are powerful, and can be life changing if we take them as our own. Finding fault only in ourselves is always grace imparting, for it is the way of Christ. As…

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Perilous Situation The Persecution of Christians in the Middle East It’s a pity there is virtually no meaningful or informative conversation taking place in the United States about the widespread persecution of Christians throughout the Middle East. Muslims in America scream and howl at the slightest provocations, yet in the face of the tragic genocide against Christians throughout the Islamic…

OTHER CHRISTIANS

Group of Methodists visits Monastery What about non-Orthodox Christians? Saint Silouan the Athonite was once traveling by train with an archimandrite who was a zealot quick to correct others about the True Faith. Coming upon a group of traveling Roman Catholics, Saint Silouan’s traveling companion proceeded to tell them that they must become Orthodox because their faith was without grace.…

One Person at a Time

Changing the World Begins with Me The Elder Sophroni of Essex said he believed in changing the world, one person at a time. These words are in agreement with those of Saint Seraphim of Sarov, who said acquiring inner peace causes a thousand around us to be saved. As long as we concentrate on the failings of others, inner transformation…

The Seen and the Unseen

The Limits of Human Reason and the Knowledge of God There is the seen, and there is the unseen, the material and the immaterial. That which is material can be scientifically examined and experienced, the immaterial can only be seen and experienced spiritually. These are two worlds that are only seemingly at odds with one another. If you attempt to examine…

Examination of the Heart

The St. John Chapel and the Beautiful Wisteria Holiness Comes Only to Those Who Struggle Not an hour should pass without taking time to examine our heart, for the hour of judgement can come at any time, and we must be ready to give account to God for our life. There is no spiritual improvement if we do not seek…

How to Teach Your Children to Love God

Children Learn Love of God From Their Parents Every Orthodox parent wants their children to grow up attending Sunday Liturgies and staying active in the life of the Church throughout their lives. Yet many parents don’t demonstrate the importance of having a relationship with God in front of their children. If you do not make God important, neither will your…

Ascetic Struggle

Living Our Lives in Total Commitment Christianity is a religion of asceticism, instructing us to store up our treasures in heaven, where the benefits have eternal value. Throughout the New Testament we read of the importance of struggle, where focus on the acquisition of a humble and contrite heart is paramount to what it means to be a Christian. The…

Authority

Abbot Tryphon together with Consul General Andrey Yushmanov and his wife. Authority of the Church If she be true to herself, the Church acts with an authority that is grounded in love. She holds within her realm the authority to make her people the children of God. She has the authority to forgive, and the capacity to love. And just…

Hammi The Norwegian Forest Cat

Pets as Gifts from God Every evening I try to spend an hour or so in the library, sitting in front of the fire place. Our beloved Norwegian Forest Cat, Hammi, sleeps in the library/community room every night. Hammi is most happy when the entire monastic brotherhood is gathered together with him. He’s an important member of our community, loved…

The Right to Life

The 2011 March for Life, State Capitol, Olympia, WA. “Those who use abortifacients commit homicide.” Saint Clement Cruel and Depraved is the Killing of the Unborn Child We are living in a period of history that has seen the cause of human rights take the forefront as never before. We champion the cause of equality under the law for minorities,…