Christ is risen! (Now what?)

Christ is risen! Christos anesti! Hristos voskrese! Kristus er opstanden! I pray that all of you have experienced a beautiful Pascha this year, and I wonder if, like me, you are on the other side of it now, thinking about what you’re going to do with all of that. Pascha is truly a pilgrimage. We enter into the feast at the culmination of a long journey through Great Lent, and then into…

Profound Disruption: Holy Week & Pascha

Holy Week is a Big Deal. There are services morning and night (if you’re lucky enough to have a full-time priest in your parish) and they can wear you out. They’ll take over your life. Trying to accomplish the basic requirements of a family life (providing meals and clean laundry and maybe showering) can become pretty challenging when you’re endeavoring to really live Holy Week. It is profoundly disruptive to your family…

Christ Speaks from the Cross – A Holy Friday Retreat

Lately, I have been fascinated by the idea of Family Retreats, of events that feed the parents as much as they feed the children. Orthodoxy is a way of life, and you can teach facts and ideas in a weekly class, but to truly follow Christ we must be living as His body. Sunday School teachers can plant seeds and inspire thoughts, even inspire faith and prayer — but parents have the power…

Bombings, Bloodshed, and The God We Show our Children

Explosions in Brussels killed 34 people, injured over 200, and the news was very sad and very disturbing, but it wasn’t shocking this time.  It’s terrible, and it calls us to prayer and it makes us want to offer support and love and comfort, and it may make us angry at how the forces of destruction continue to attack so viciously — but it’s not shocking, and we are pretty much resigned…

Praying for our Children, Part II

This was originally posted on the Raising Saints podcast in December 2013. Most of our episodes are geared toward talking with children ­­– perhaps our own children, or our Sunday School students, our youth groups, our godchildren and grandchildren. But today, we’re thinking about how we pray for those children. Our last episode was Praying For Our Children Part I: St. Porphyrios, and we closed with his beautiful prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, give Your…

Praying for our Children, Part I

This was originally posted on the Raising Saints podcast in December 2013. We have a new Saint in our Holy Church! The official word has come from our Patriarch in Constantinople: the holy Elder Porphyrios is henceforth to be known as St. Porphyrios. What a great blessing! St. Porphyrios just left us, fell asleep in the Lord in 1991. Our lifetimes overlapped. I love to see modern Saints, to know that even in this…