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, and faith is a clear sign that God’s grace has been activated in us, for faith brings us into communion with God. Faith is…

Be Yourself

Don’t shelve a part of you When we enter into communion with one another in the life of the Church, we come broken, and far from the image and likeness that God intended when He created us. We, to a one, are in need of the healing that comes from a life in Christ. Yet we often hinder ourselves from…

The Church Militant

The Church on earth is in the midst of a battle The Church Militant, which is the Church of Christ here on this earth, is in the midst of a battle. Our enemy is not one of flesh and blood, but one of darkness and evil. The survival of humankind is not dependent on the number of people who accept…

Hospital or Hospice?

Spiritual healing or spiritual pain control? Since the Church is the hospital for the soul, it is important we take full advantage of all the resources for healing found within the Church. Confession is all important for this healing process to begin. The grace imparted during a good confession opens wide the gates of God’s grace, and we begin our…

Incarnating Orthodoxy  

We must be joyful and loving ambassadors for the Faith Some forty years ago I’d found myself wandering in a spiritual wasteland, knowing I was drying up, spiritually, and hoping there was something out there that would fill the void. Orthodoxy had not been in my scope, seeming, as it were, to be some exotic, eastern form of a Christian…

Love

Passing on the gift of love My father was a golf pro in Spokane, Washington, during my grade and early middle school years, and the country club was the center of our family’s social life. My brother, Dwayne, and I use to play an average of 18 to 36 holes of golf every day, during the summer months (when we…

Past Regrets

Clinging to past regrets can be a rejection of the very meaning of repentance Transformation is not something that happens in an instant, but is a journey towards holiness, and as long as we look to the future with hope, transformation of the heart continues, and our past becomes but a fading memory. There are many people who cling to…

Our Noble Calling

Christ calls us to ultimate happiness As Orthodox Christians, we must conduct ourselves as children of the Most High. We must align our own will, our own desires, and our own hearts, to reflect our relationship with God. Our lives must reflect our love for Christ, and our desire to be numbered among His people. Even though we are unworthy…

Miracles of Light

We can never be sure what is or is not a misfortune until it all plays out Our power went out during a major wind storm  at 1:20 am Sunday morning, and was off until the Little Entrance of the Nativity Liturgy.  After exactly 33 hours (like the 33 years of Our Lord’s ministry on earth), the lights came back…

Authentic Faith

The Church must proclaim the Good News in all humility and love 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,…

The Nativity

The condescension of God and the deification of man Those of us who observe the Julian Calendar have now completed the Nativity Fast, where we have abstained from meat, eggs, dairy products, anger, envy and other habits, for the sake of promoting the discipline the soul. We are now joining hundreds of millions of Orthodox Christians around the world, in…

The River of Fire

An all-consuming fire and an illuminating light Upon Christ’s Second Coming, everyone who has ever lived will see Him in His uncreated light, forever. For “those who worked good deeds in their lifetime will go towards the resurrection of life, while those who worked evil in their lifetime will go towards the resurrection of judgment (John.5:29)”. All will be separated…