Judging Others

Archimandrite Irenei, Bishop Theodosius, and Abbot Tryphon Thoughts That Arouse you to Judge Your Neighbor At the very first sign we are tempted to judge our neighbor, we must condemn ourselves. Self-condemnation is the only weapon that assures us of escaping the sin of judging another, for when we make ourselves confront our own sin, the sin of another becomes…

Why Ask the Saints?

Jesus is the Sole Mediator between God and Man Most Protestant churches strongly reject all saintly intercession, citing passages such as 1 Timothy 2:1-5, which says that Jesus is the sole mediator between God and man, as well as Deuteronomy 18:10-11 which seems to forbid invoking departed souls. They also point to the fact that there are no examples in…

Stability of Place and Personal Growth

An Elder said: Just as a tree cannot bear fruit if it is often transplanted, so neither can a monk bear fruit if he frequently changes his abode. In an age when people change addresses as often as those in past generations changed their socks, stability of place is almost unheard of. When I was a young man I moved…

Acquire Peace

Given all the new information that is coming in, including a new book on the Columbine Massacre, the cause behind the recent massacre is likely multiple. All we can ultimately do is pray, try to make a difference in the lives of people around us, and be vigilant to the pain and loneliness of our young people. None of us…

The Massacre of Innocence

Like all Americans, I am struggling to make sense out of the massacre of twenty beautiful children, and the six adults who sacrificed their own lives protecting countless other children from a twenty year old psychotic, who’d shot one child as many as seven times. In the depths of my heart I am convinced the shootings that continue to plague…

NEW YORK: December 15, 2012

Statement from the Office of the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, in connection with the Attack on the Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut Dear brethren, sisters and children!  With horror I followed the tragedy that unfolded yesterday in a school in the state of Connecticut, during which a murderer spared neither children nor even his own mother; and…

As the Nation Mourns

Our Violent Culture and the Despair of Nihilism As my readers know, I have been attending the Orthodox Frontline, (Emergency Response Network of the International Orthodox Christian Charities), conference in Washington, D.C. Together with one hundred Orthodox clergy and lay volunteers from across the nation, trained and experienced chaplains, counselors, therapists, emergency response managers, social workers, medical doctors, registered nurses,…

Orthodox Frontline

I am attending the Orthodox Frontline (Emergency Response Network of the International Orthodox Christian Charities) conference in Washington, D.C. Orthodox clergy and lay volunteers from across the nation, trained and experienced chaplains, counselors, therapists, emergency response managers, social workers, medical doctors, registered nurses, emergency medical technicians and other related fields, are gathering in the White House complex, to plan for…

Watchfulness

If we truly desire to be transformed and made whole, we must keep alert and be vigilant. We must live in all sobriety, and with all attentiveness we must guard our inward thoughts. We must keep pure our heart, and maintain guard over our intellect. We must keep watch. With love in Christ, Abbot Tryphon Thursday December 13, 2012 28th…

Emergency Responders

Emergency Response Network of IOCC I have had the honor of serving King County Sheriff’s Department and Vashon Island Fire and Rescue, as an Emergency Response Chaplain, for some ten years. During this time I have grown to love and respect those among us who, on a daily basis, put their lives on the line for the rest of us.…

The Sins of Others

If you are to Win the Battle,Focus only on Your own Sins When we take our eyes off our own failings, shortcomings, and sins, we notice the failings of others. As the sins of others get our attention, our focus turns away from our own struggles with the passions, and we begin to fall further into sin, our eyes having…

Bastions of Ethnic Heritage

Seattle as seen from the Water Taxi The Problem of Ethnic Purity Within the Life of the Church We Orthodox Christians, as a whole, are guilty of abandoning our Christ directed mission of making disciples of every nation, by preserving the needs of ethic groups (Russians, Greeks, Arabs, Serbs), often at the expense of welcoming our non-Orthodox neighbors. Although we…