St. Paisios on Progress

In honor of the canonization of Elder Paisios, we are offering a Raising Saints episode on some of the Saint’s wise words on Progress. I stumbled across some really interesting words from Elder Paisios that I’d like to share with you. He was talking about technology, and there is, of course, a lot of interest in the problems of technology — but he has an unexpected take that I enjoyed and maybe…

New Year’s Resolutions

I recently posted a podcast episode on New Year’s Resolutions, and I’m curious about how many of us are making them. Naturally, New Year’s Resolutions are not an Orthodox thing, but then, repentance is very Orthodox! Examining our lives and looking for ways in which we need to ‘get back on track’, changing course so that we are staying on the Path — these are good practices. “Repentance opens the heavens, takes…

Old Glory and Icons

Christ is born! Glorify Him! Merry Christmas! Our family has enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, spent with extended family and friends, celebrating the birth of Christ and enjoying each other’s warm company while the cold winds blew outside. Those of us who are converts or who married converts, will have spent some of the time during the holidays with family members who are not Orthodox. These beloved people will have come into our…

Living the Nativity in our Little Churches

    I just returned from Holy Trinity Cathedral in Portland, where I spoke with some lovely parents about how we live the Nativity Fast, how we help our children prepare their hearts for Christmas. Think of the story of His birth: When Herod called for the census, Joseph and Mary had no choice but to head for Bethlehem to be counted. Mary was large and pregnant, and would be giving birth soon. They…

Prosphora & Theosis: Teaching Transformation

God became man so that man might become God. – St. Athanasius One of the most concrete and wonderful ways children can participate in the life of the Church is to bake the communion bread. Bread-making takes a little while, and it calls for patience, but while our hands are busy, we can teach our children about offering (“Prosphora”) and transformation, and the ways in which God will change this bread, and…

Bible Story Resources

On an upcoming podcast, while considering how we read Bible Stories to our children, I mention a few Orthodox Bible story collections.  I thought I’d post these resources here for your reference in case you’re in the market for a new Bible Story book: For elementary-aged children, I love  A Sacred History For Children, by a Russian Orthodox priest, Fr. P. Vozdvizhensky, and translated from the Russian by Tatiana Marr and adapted by Nancy Mirolovich.  It narrates the…