Sobornost

Divine-Human Oneness Sobornost is a word that means spiritual harmony based on freedom and unity in love. It is a necessary component in our membership within the Body of Christ, for if we are not bound together in love, our freedom becomes our enemy, separating us from others, and, ultimately from Christ Himself. This concept was so important to the…

Imaging Righteousness

We must be images of Christ to our neighbor When we are surrounded by  people who always take the moral high road, and who are honest in their business practices and respectful in the way they treat other people, our own adherence to the commandments of God is made easier. But when we are called to the moral high ground,…

The Poor

The Orthodox Christian response to the poor As many conservative members of Congress continue to press for cutbacks in programs such as food stamps, medical coverage for all, and housing subsidies for the poor and the elderly, all of which have been a lifeline for countless poor families, it would be prudent for us to examine the words of some…

Authenticity

Authenticity and the authority of the Church If she be true to herself, the Church acts with an authority that is grounded in love. She holds within her realm the authority to make her people the children of God. She has the authority to forgive, and the capacity to love. And just as her Head, Jesus Christ, she exists to…

Entering into the Silence

Silence as a way to discover ourselves and deepen our experience with God’s presence All Orthodox Christians are aware of the importance of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in our journey to God. These three practices are at the heart of the Great Lenten Fast. Prayer is our way of communicating with God on a daily basis, and fasting days (Wednesday…

The Knowledge of God

The knowledge of God in the Old Testament, and the knowledge of God as revealed in Christ We converts have to be careful that we do not allow ourselves to carry into our Orthodoxy, baggage from our protestant past. Those from a protestant background often miss the subtleties and nuances of our faith by taking everything literally, missing entirely the…

Hopelessness

How to overcome hopelessness  My own recent bout with my heart, and subsequent healing through the intercession of the Holy Virgin, has given me pause as to how I’d been living my life. Like many of you I’d been running at top speed. Acting like a man half his age I’d been burning candles at both ends for a very…

The Cloud of Witnesses

The saints are alive in Christ Jesus Vigil lights are placed before the icons of the saints, according to Saint Symeon the New Theologian, as a way of showing that without the Light, Who is Christ, the saints are nothing. It is only as the light of Christ shines on them that they become alive and resplendent. The saints show…

​The Journey

The spiritual life is an adventure full of pitfalls and great heights​ ​Our ​Orthodox​ faith must be something other than magic formulas​ and​ passed down ethnic traditions or our Orthodoxy will have failed us. The spiritual life is an adventure​ that is​ full of pitfall​s and​ great heights. If we​ are to​ take this journey as the prime reason for…

Pretensions to Superiority

It is impossible to love God while being a racist In the Book of Acts we read that with the coming of the Holy Spirit, diverse expressions of languages were being spoken. And in Revelation we see a glimpse of eternity with men and women from every tongue, tribe, and nation making up the choir of eternal praise (Rev. 7:9).…

Guarding Our Attitude

Negativity does damage to the soul “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me (Job 3:25).” Negative speech contributes nothing to the heart but death, whereas receiving everything that comes our way with joy is the only way to bring about the healing of the heart.…

End Times

Are these the End Times? The cultural and spiritual warfare that is taking place between the “Christian” West, and the Islamic Middle East, together with extreme climate change, have become a source of concern for many. Coupled with the polarization of the populous within the United States, and the mass apostasy from Christianity in the West, many Christians are now…