The Proof of Love

Our Faith without good works is dead The very moment faith enters the soul is that moment when we turn toward God in repentance and recognize we can not live without Him. As we grow in our faith we come to realize we must remain in a continual state of repentance, for grace abounds in the heart of the man…

Sharing Our Orthodox Faith

The Ancient Faith that is Orthodoxy is too precious to be hidden from others There are people who insist on holding on to resentment, often inventing situations in their minds that never happened, justifying their bad behavior by putting the blame on others. They always see themselves as the abused party. Such behavior betrays a deep spiritual and psychological illness,…

The Critic

The critic, fearing failure, does nothing It is easy to be critical of another person, finding fault with what we perceive they are doing, have done, or have not done. Yet the man who points out how another man has stumbled, finding fault in something he himself has not done, and in what he himself thinks he could have done…

The Saving Enclosure of the Church

The work of the Church is to help us become aware of our eternal vocation The work of the Church is to seek out the lost sheep and bring them into her fold; that “saving enclosure” wherein we must find ways to consciously work out our salvation with the help of others. The modern mission of the Church is to…

UPDATE

I just got up from ten and a half hours of sleep, having been exhausted from my hospital stay. Fathers Paul and Martin picked me up from Swedish Medical Center late yesterday afternoon. I’m doing well for an old guy, even though I was asked if I had a walker available at home, and if I had access to “home…

Seeking Reconciliation

We need not depend on the other person cooperating in reconciliation There are people who insist on holding on to resentment, often inventing situations in their minds that never happened, justifying their bad behavior by putting the blame on others. They always see themselves as the abused party. Such behavior betrays a deep spiritual and psychological illness, one that is…

The Health Club

Successful membership in a health club requires exercise and commitment Health clubs make much of their profit from people who decide to join because they want to get in shape, but after a few sessions with the weights, drop out. Membership in the Church, like the health club, requires that we put effort into it, lest we find ourselves dropping…

Building Confidence

Much of what we think we need is born from our own immaturity When we find ourselves caught up in what we want, or what we think we need, we become despondent that things are not going the way we’d hoped. Disappointed, we start to wonder why God has failed to give us that which we’ve so sought after, that…

Requesting Prayers

Please remember Igumen Tryphon in your prayers this week. I’m being admitted to Swedish Hospital’s Cherry Hill Campus Cardiac Unit in Seattle, on Monday, November 2nd, for three days of procedures to try to get my heart out of Atrial Fibrillation. I therefore am asked for prayers, that the Lord will guide my cardiologist, and that I will be restored…

Eternity

Eternity is a very long time God reveals Himself to us if we seek Him out, and only remains invisible to us if we refuse, out of pride and self absorption, to let Him enter our lives. If we desire the knowledge that is ours for the asking, we simply make it known, and God will open the way for…