Patient Endurance

Even tractors get flats Suffering is Meant to be Salvific The Lord does not allow anything beyond our power of endurance, to afflict us. Whenever difficulties come our way, we only sin if we are unwilling to endure. Suffering is meant to be salvific, for the Holy Apostle Paul tells us,  “God is faithful and will not allow us to…

Pleasing God

Our lower forest It Pleases the Lord When We do His Will “Blessed is he who strives to please the Lord as others try to please men.” These words of Saint John Climacus should serve as the theme for our every hour. It is so easy to surrender to social pressure, be it from friends, coworkers, or even society at…

Turning Away

When We Turn Away from God When we turn away from God, the Lord lets us go it on our own. He will not force Himself upon us. We get ourselves into trouble when we push God aside, and wonder why we have such difficulties with life. With love in Christ, Abbot Tryphon Photo: Father Takla Azmy (Coptic), Archbishop Loukas…

The Garden

Tending the Garden of the Heart Both my Norwegian grandfather, and my mother, were avid gardeners, so I grew up surrounded by the beauty of plants and flowers. The cottage garden is a distinct style of garden that is certainly my favorite. The use of traditional materials, in an informal design, together with dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental…

Constructing a Foundation

Facing Down Our Weaknesses When we face down our own weaknesses, we can begin the process of constructing the foundation for an intimate relationship with God. Ignoring those things that keep us stuck in the quagmire that is the ego, prevents spiritual growth, and the joy of being immersed in the Heart of God, remains but a dream. Confronting our…

An Undermined Christianity

And the Rise of the ChurchThe public scandal of bishops protecting clergy and church workers, in  the wake of the sexual abuse of countless children, have shocked the world, and undermined the spiritual and moral authority of the Roman Catholic Church. This, together with the very public moral failings of some well-known televangelists, have left many wondering if Christianity has…

Reformation

Reformation of the Nation Must Begin with Me The wife of a priest friend, a school teacher, told me how horrified a number of fellow teachers were, when they found out her husband was a priest. One teacher avoided talking to her for the next three months, and another commented that she must feel very limited by the restrictions placed…

Praying

Russian Consul General Jury V. Gerasin When Prayer Becomes Dry When we find ourselves struggling with prayer, and feel that it has become dry and lifeless, we are sometimes tempted to stop praying.  When our prayer has become a struggle, it is good to remember that God knows our needs, and even knows what we want to say when we…

Technological Problems

Visitors from Thailand Hoping to be Back up to Snuff in No Time Once again, I am late in getting The Morning Offering posted in a timely fashion. Not wanting to deprive my readers of the benefit of reading the lives of the saints assigned by the Church, for today, as well as the all important readings from the Epistle…

New Hard Drive!

click to enlarge My thanks to David Knudtson My heartfelt thanks to David Knudtson of Vancouver, WA., who donated and installed a brand new hard drive for my laptop. As well, to all of you who donated money towards the purchase of a new Macbook to replace my five year old laptop that was showing signs that it was about…

Evangelical and Apostolic Doctrine

Chief Hierarch, Metropolitan Hilarion Just Whose Recipe is it, Anyway One of the most powerful reasons for embracing Orthodoxy is to be found in the Church’s insistence that she holds to the evangelical and apostolic doctrine of the Ancient Church. In an age when everything is up for change, there is a certain security and stability when one institution (the…

Monastic Vocation

Click on center arrow to see short video. Sunday June 17, 2012 2nd Sunday after Pentecost. All Russian Saints. Tone one. Apostles’ (Peter & Paul) Fast. Fish Allowed All venerable and holy Fathers of the Holy Mount Athos (movable holiday on the 2nd Sunday of Pentecost). All venerable and holy Fathers of Bulgaria (movable holiday on the 2nd Sunday of…