THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY

The Christian Family is a Christ Centered Family Any good parent knows that he must love all his children equally. No favoritism should be displayed when raising children if we want them to know they are loved. Troubled children often get more attention from loving parents because mom and dad know this child is in greater need of parental support.…

CORRECTING OTHERS

Correcting Others is like Assaulting Them When focusing on the sins of others, we set for ourselves the mission of correcting them. We see ourselves as just the right person to help this poor, unfortunate person by pointing out their sins, and telling them how they can be a better person. We are not of course being critical, but helpful.…

THE HOSPITAL

Seeking out Healing in the Life of the Church Orthodoxy offers a very precise way in which to enter into communion with God. It is a way that must be learned, for simply “becoming Orthodox” will not lead the seeker into an inner life that will transform, and enlighten. Membership in the Church is simply not enough, for the Church…

CHAPLAIN’S VEHICLE

Can you donate an SUV? My old Chevy Tahoe is nearing her end, and I’m in need of a newer SUV. When a chaplain is called out in the dead of night, he doesn’t want to drive down a dark gravel road to a house in the middle of a forest, and not have people know who he is. Thus, I…

OUR PERSONAL SOVEREIGNTY

The Ruling Power Inherent in our Nature According to Saint Gregory Palamas, God has given us lordship over all the earth because of our capacity for sovereignty. With this sovereignty comes the responsibility to be good stewards of that which God has given us. “There is within our soul’s nature a governing and ruling faculty, and there is also that…

Memorial Day

Let us Honor our Fallen Heroes Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day is a time for all of us to reflect on those who have sacrificed their lives for the security, peace, and freedom, of the people of this great nation. It is important…

THE MYSTERY OF THE CHURCH

The Corporate Nature of Salvation There is a certain emptiness in trying to live the Christian life outside the life of the Church. This is because it is impossible to truly live as a Christian without the Church. The reading of the scriptures, and our commitment to prayer, are important foundations in the life of a Christian, but they are…

ALIVE IN CHRIST

Dead to the World, but Alive in Christ The Gospel of Christ is imparted by word and example, and the love of Christ shines forth by our witness. We love and please God by following the commandments, and proclaiming the Good News. This is our true vocation. We cannot give Christ to others unless we have welcomed Him into the…

LOVE TRANSFORMS

Prayer is Born of Love If we desire to please God, we only need to live our lives in imitation of Christ, Who both taught, and lived, humility. In our steadfastness in faith, modesty of attire, and simplicity in words and conversation, we imitate Christ. In our works of mercy, and in showing forth justice in our deeds, we imitate…

HOSPICE OR HOSPITAL?

Spiritual Pain Control or Spiritual Healing? Since the Church is a hospital for the soul wherein we come for healing, it is important that we take full advantage of all the resources the Church offers us for such healing. Frequent confession, where we bare our sins before God with the priest as the witness is an important beginning to the…

True Shepherds

Bishops and Priests are Living Icons of Christ Misty Isle Farms, the largest privately owned property on Vashon Island, with more than three hundred acres, sponsors an annual Sheep Dog Trials, every autumn. The dogs are judged according to their ability to quickly herd sheep through fence gates, and around obstacles. Like many Vashon Islanders, I’ve found this annual event…