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…

The Monk

The goal of the monk is to acquire the Holy Spirit The monastic vocation is a special calling from God that is all about relationships. It is a relationship that involves community (the monastic brotherhood), but primarily revolves around the monk’s relationship with God. Monks are not holy men who are living lives set apart from the world, but men…

Protecting Our Children

Unless we protect our children, we are allies of the evil one As a priest, I am deeply shocked, almost beyond words, by the abuse perpetrated upon innocent children by clergy who have demonstrated a total lack of commitment to the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and who, in turn, used their sacred positions as clergy, to take advantage…

The First Steps on the Path of Holy Sobriety

Cultivating and treasuring the salvific caution born out of love of God When we first begin to take our Orthodoxy seriously, we tend to throw ourselves into it in such a way that it is like diving deep into the sea. Many generations of experienced and holy men and women have told us that as regards our faith, we will…

Struggling with Prayer

What do we do when our prayer becomes dry? When we find ourselves struggling with prayer, and feel that it has become dry and lifeless, we are sometimes tempted to stop praying. When our prayer has become a struggle, it is good to remember that God knows our needs, and even knows what we want to say when we don’t…

Divided Loyalties

We only think we can be of Christ and of the world “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). As you begin your day, be mindful of where you place…

Holy Images

God infuses His Energies into the icons The Old Testament God was revealed to us by Christ Jesus. Prior to the incarnation of the Logos, God’s people were forbidden to make any image of Him, for no one had seen His face. Yet when Christ said to His disciples, “he who has seen Me has seen the Father”, the fullness…

The Holy Images

Abbot Tryphon’s homily on the Holy Icons (click above to view the 7 minute sermon).

The Gift of Laughter

Joy is the infallible sign of God’s presence One of the teachings of recent saints that has struck many people in recent times has been the teachings of Saint Paisios of Mt. Athos, and Elder Thaddeus of Serbia, to consciously cultivate godly, positive ways of thinking and feeling. Although we have no written evidence that Our Lord Jesus Christ laughed,…