Hypocritical Christianity

Avoiding hypocrisy in our journey to God It is very easy to live our lives in hypocrisy if we are not mindful of the pitfalls of the spiritual life. We can become Pharisees without even noticing, if we let our Christianity be artificially lived. Living our lives as though we have been rehearsed by a stage director, we will have…

On Being a Godparent

The role of godparent is an awesome responsibility It is always a good idea to revisit the important role godparents play in the life of the newly baptized child. Godparents are also expected to play an important role in the religious and spiritual life of adult converts who’ve been received into the Orthodox Church through the Mystery of Baptism. The…

The Knowledge of God

The limits of human reason and the knowledge of God There is the seen, and there is the unseen, the material and the immaterial. That which is material can be scientifically examined and experienced, the immaterial can only be seen and experienced spiritually. These are two worlds that are only seemingly at odds with one another. If you attempt to…

The Struggle to Repent

Our goal must be directed towards repentance and the remembrance of death In our struggle on the path to God, repentance must be the central theme. Only in repentance will we find the true meaning of life, for only in repentance can one enter into communion with God. This life has been given to us for one purpose, that we…

The Forest That is the Church

The Church, like a forest, provides needed oxygen Growing up in Northern Idaho, I was surrounded by mountains and forests. I don’t remember a time when forests did not tug at my heart and fill my imagination with thoughts of adventure. As a small child my parents took my brother Dwayne, and me, on annual camping trips to a state…

From the desk of Abbot Tryphon

  Photo: Keagan Latrell and Edwin Baxter have been spending time with us. Sunday December 16, 2018 / December 3, 2018 29th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone four. Nativity (St. Philip’s Fast). Fish Allowed Prophet Zephaniah (Sophonias) (635 B.C.). Venerable Sabbas, abbot of Zvenigorod, disciple of St. Sergius of Radonezh (1406). New Hieromartyr Andrew priest (1920). New Hieromartyr Nicholas priest (1930).…

The Whole Person

We are both soul and body Unlike angels, who are entirely spiritual beings, God has made each of us as creatures dwelling in a material world. To be whole, we must worship God both in body and soul. This teaching is central to our Christian faith and is an affirmation of the sacramental nature of this material world. Because of…

The Right to Life

Cruel and depraved is the killing of the unborn child “Those who use abortifacients commit homicide.” Saint Clement We are living in a period of history that has seen the cause of human rights take the forefront as never before. We champion the cause of equality under the law for minorities, and continue the struggle for equal rights and equal…

Faith

The enemy of faith is pride “Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”” (John 6:29). The absolute necessary element for salvation is faith. Faith alone will save us, for only faith brings us into communion with God. Faith is a free gift, for nothing we can do…

Correcting Others

Correcting the stumbling of others The use of force in the correction of those who are living in opposition to the laws of God is often a temptation for Christians, yet it must be remembered that the sins of others is better corrected by lovingly demonstrating their value in God’s eyes. Demonstrating our own love for them by refusing to…

We Are Not Alone

We are all in this struggle together, united in Christ As we struggle in this life, it is good to remember that we are not alone, but  together with countless others in this life. We find our place of silence, where we encounter God, but even in this place set apart, we are together with others. In our journey to…

Happiness

The formula for happiness When suffering hardships and sadness, we must remember that we have much to rejoice about. We should rejoice that God had given us life, and that we were baptized into the Orthodox Church. We must remind ourselves that as believers we should embrace pain and suffering, because we have a Co-Suffering Saviour standing with us. We…