Breathing for the World, and Family Life Ministry

In case you haven’t seen it, I’d like to point your attention to Family Life Ministry work that is developing at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the Metropolis of Atlanta. On the Atlanta Family Life Ministry website, there are several very good daily, weekly and seasonal blogs worth your time.  One includes weekly family devotionals to strengthen your family on its spiritual journey. My recent favorite is Breathing for the World by Presvytera Kelley Lawrence,…

Graduating Seniors: how to send them off (for parents and Sunday School teachers!)

It’s that time of year: high school seniors are donning caps and gowns and graduating! It’s both exciting and scary — a whole new life is about to unfold, as we send them out into the unknown. Whether kids are heading to faraway universities or staying home and taking classes nearby, there’s a whole new lifestyle to negotiate. They’re growing up. We know that our goal has been to raise up saints,…

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…