How will the Nativity Fast come alive in your home?

The Nativity Fast is almost here! Though we are still reeling from getting back-to-school and welcoming Fall, the calendar won’t wait for us to catch up. Every year when Christmas approaches, it is important for parents to think about how we’ll lead the household this year. Too often, the people around us are swept up in shopping and decorating — not that there’s anything wrong with that, but famously, Christ often gets…

Guest post from Angela Isaacs: WHAT PARENTING TAUGHT ME ABOUT A LIFE OF PRAYER

Today we have a special treat for you: a guest post from Angela Isaacs. You may know her beautiful board books from Ancient Faith Publishing — Goodnight, Jesus and her latest release, I Pray Today (see my recent review here.)  In honor of her new release, she’s on a blog tour, and is stopping in at Raising Saints to talk with us about parenting, and how it forms our life of prayer.…

New Board Book: “I Pray Today”

Angela Isaacs, author of my favorite board book, Goodnight, Jesus!, has written another Orthodox board book!  This one is every bit as wonderful, but with the added bonus that perhaps it will teach us adults as much as it teaches our sweet toddlers. It’s called, I Pray Today. When I heard that Angie had written another board book, I immediately signed up to review it, and I received my copy from Ancient…

St. Basil’s Sage Advice

My good friend, Michael Strong, sent me and excerpt from St. Basil’s letter to St. Gregory, and it is so helpful. Let those of us who are serving Christ as parents, teachers and mentors, take a moment to consider it: 5. On the proper manner of speaking, giving and receiving knowledge and criticism This, too, is a very important point to attend to: knowledge on how to converse; to interrogate without over-earnestness;…

Can We Teach How to Love Your Neighbor?

Summer is a good time for parents, religious education teachers and youth ministry workers to take a moment to consider what worked last year, and what we should do for the coming year.  What are we teaching, what are they learning, and where are we headed? Do we need to change directions? Is there something more we could do? In my home Metropolis, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver, this conversation is…

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…