Encore: Grab Your Pitchforks

There’s been another school shooting, and this one hits close to home for my friends and me.  The shooting happened at a high school in Texas — a school a lot like my kids’ school. After a few hours of the usual (because it’s all so familiar now) watching parents stride purposefully in to claim the kids who weren’t shot and seeing the usual parade of civil servants updating the death toll and…

Welcome to Chapter Two of the Raising Saints Podcast – Catching Up

Christ is risen! Welcome to Raising Saints — and to the second chapter of this Ancient Faith Radio podcast! I have an exciting announcement. When I first started Raising Saints back in 2012, I knew that I wanted to do a podcast about raising children in the Church — but over the years, I’ve gained more and more clarity about wanting to support and inspire parents in their journey, in their efforts…

Anastasis: The Harrowing of Hades Retreat Wrap-Up

Christ is risen! When we picture the Resurrection, we envision Christ rising from the dead, trampling down death by death, destroying the gates of Hades. But how often do we picture this scene from the perspective of the dead who await Him faithfully? tweet this This year, our parish has been studying the Old Testament together, and of course all of the prophets and the people (those who were righteous and those…

Reposting — Holy Week: Entering into Grief

As we move deeper into Holy Week, I’m reminded again that we are on a journey into grief, through which we will come to joy. Every year, I think about the funerals I’ve attended and the loved ones I’ve grieved as we march with Christ toward His crucifixion and resurrection. I wrote about this last year, and am thinking about it again this year… Within a week of the day my son…

Harrowing of Hades: Holy Friday Retreat

As Holy Week intensifies, I am finally finishing my notes for teachers for our parish’s Holy Friday Retreat. Every year, families take Holy Friday off work or school and gather for the various services of the day (Royal Hours, The Descent from the Cross, The Lamentations Service, etc.) and in between, we spend time together as a parish, decorating Christ’s tomb and cleaning the church, and enjoying an educational retreat at 1pm. We…

Calling Writers, Podcasters, and those who sometimes think about it…

In case any of you sometimes think about getting started writing or podcasting on Orthodox topics, I thought I’d let you know about an upcoming conference that might really help you get started. I’ve attended both of the previous Ancient Faith Writers & Podcasters Conferences (we call them AFCon for fun), and this year’s conference promises to be as good or — if I could even imagine it — even better. Every…