If you wish to read my blog articles, please visit my “Abbot Tryphon” FaceBook page, or my blog, “The Morning Offering”. I have been writing these articles as my way of supporting Orthodox Christians on their spiritual journey, as well as introducing Orthodoxy to non-Orthodox. Thus, I have been rather surprised and disappointed at the number of negative responses I’ve…

No Quick Timeline

The spiritual life requires patience and struggle Americans are not a particularly patient people, as demonstrated by the fact that the fast food industry began with us. We don’t tolerate slow service, thus much of the food we consume is prepared before we order it. We drive our car to a window, order our food, and expect it to be…

Community

Community is one of the most essential elements for the Christian life Our Christian faith is communal in nature, and requires us to be actively involved with others. We come together in worship, and the Divine Liturgy itself is a corporate act, one that necessitates interaction with others. We are not “saved” in a vacuum, but as part of the…

The Problem of Evil

Darkness does not exist in its own right Our Orthodox Christian theology views evil not as a primeval essence that is co-eternal and equal to God, but rather a falling away from good. Evil does not exist in and of itself, and was not created by God. Our Orthodox Church rejects the Gnostic teaching that the entirety of being is…

Drought

Encountering drought in one’s soul Drought has had a significant impact on whole civilizations, even being responsible for the total abandonment of great cities, now buried beneath the sands of history. The Great Dust Bowl led to the mass migration of our own people, as farms and towns were gobbled up by dust storms, having a devastating impact on the…

Surrendering Our Self-Will

We must surrender our self-will into the loving embrace of our God There is freedom from stress, anxiety, and even anger, when we place our trust in God, and in he whom God has set over us as our spiritual guide. The invading enemies to our salvation have power over us only when we depend on ourselves. Without humility, there…

A Spiritual Crisis

Is our nation entering into a new Dark Ages? According to a Lutheran minister who visited the monastery this past week, the city of Portland, Oregon,  just contacted the Union Gospel Mission, asking that they prepare for a coming surge of new homeless families. They are bracing for some forty thousand tents in the city’s streets, come winter. With our…

Finding God

Finding God in an unbelieving world God is quick to forgive, quick to show mercy, and quick to embrace us when we turn to Him. In all of eternity our God chose to create humankind in His image and likeness, offering His creatures the opportunity to commune with Him in the endlessness that is time. He’s given us free will,…

The Dark Side

When we experience the “dark side” of the Church For those who have experienced what has been called the “dark side” of the Church, the struggle to remain faithful to the Orthodox Faith can seem daunting. The dark side is the result of the sinful, fallen nature of all of us who make up the Body of Christ. It is…

Nonessential

Is the Church truly less essential than a laundromat? Live streaming the services does not impart God’s grace in the same way the Mystical Supper imparts God’s grace. Christ’s Church is an essential institution far beyond a drug store or gas station, yet we continue to allow the government to tell us this is not so. How can the Church…

We Are Not Alone

In our moments of loneliness and despondency, we are together As we struggle in this life, it is good to remember that we Christians are all together. We find our place of silence, where we encounter God, but even in this place set apart, we are together. In our journey to God, our common goal is the acquisition of a…

Confidence

Do not cast away your confidence If we get caught up in what we want, or what we think we want, we can become despondent that things are not going the way we’d hoped. In our disappointment we start to wonder why God has failed to give us what we’ve sought after. That thing or situation that became the dominant…