Situation Ethics

Situation Ethics versus Biblical Morality Situation ethics has become the norm for our times, having replaced the biblical ethics of past generations. In situation ethics as long as no one is hurt one can do as one pleases. Taking drugs, watching pornography and aborting the unborn child, all can come under the flag of situation ethics. Taking drugs is seen…

Encouragement

The Church must Encourage Her Children It deeply saddens me when I see some in the Church taking the stand that the Church must be the enforcer of God’s law. In this view the Church becomes like some arm of the military, dishing out punishment, or excluding some of her children as ill fit for anything but condemnation. I remember…

Transmitting Orthodoxy

                  Transmitting Orthodoxy into                      the Hearts of our ChildrenIf we expect our children and grandchildren to grow into adulthood as practicing Orthodox Christians, we must give daily witness to the importance of our faith. If we are lax in our fasting, church attendance, and piety, our children will see by our lack of seriousness, a compartmentalized religion that is ultimately…

Transformation

Towards a Life of Transformation in Christ Saint John Chrysostom tells us that when we fail in our spiritual journey towards transformation, it is not due to “the nature of the trial, but by your own laziness”. Since we were created by God will free will, the Lord does not force salvation on us, but offers it freely to us…

Repentance

I Postpone the Day of My Own Repentance Every aspect of my life should be a reflection of my faith in Christ, yet I utterly fall short in living this out as a reality. I find it difficult to look closely at myself, and at my relationships with others. How easily I fall into the trap of judging others, finding…

Monasteries

Centers for Spiritual Healing Monastics are an integral part of the Church and should not be seen as independent of the Church Universal. Monks are bound by the same Gospel as other Christians and need to avail themselves to the missionary and pastoral needs of the Church, as needed. Although a primary role of monasticism is to be found in…

Supporting the Monastery

Stephen Wiseman Many who read my posts assume the monastery is supported by the Diocese. This is not the case. We receive no funds from either the Diocese or parishes within the diocese and are therefore dependent upon the income from our coffee sales (which are down), our gift shop, and the generosity of our benefactors and pilgrims. If you…

Syria Way of a Pilgrim Bookstore

Christian Populace Prefers Dictator to Sharia Law All the Middle East bishops, both Orthodox and Roman Catholic, know what is coming in Syria if Assad is overthrown. It is not that they like him, but that under his governance all the minorities have known freedom and protection. The reality is clear, Christians are already being slaughtered by these “freedom fighters”,…

A Call for Unity

Christian Leaders calling for End in Military Support of the Syrian Rebels Catholic and Orthodox leaders in Lebanon have called for unity among Christians, and have pleaded with the West not to aid the Syrian Rebel forces. The continuing violence in Syria dominated attention as the Melkite Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches opened their respective synods in Beirut. Both groups…

Happiness

When Happiness is Right in Front of You It is easy to resist taking care of yourself if you run at full speed as though you are the only one who can get things done. We all need to set priorities, making sure we focus on Christ and not let that which is transitory rule our lives. If you pay…

Compassion

None can be Saved without Compassion for Others We must not be so self-consumed as to have no compassion for others. Saint Basil tells us that a man who has two coats or two pair of shoes, when his neighbor has none, is a thief.  In the Holy Scriptures we read, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,…

Blessed is the Kingdom

Blessed is the kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit The Divine Liturgy begins with the words, Blessed is the kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. This kingdom is our true home and our lives as Christians are centered around the great…