Summer Program for Orthodox Teens

I have been so swallowed up by our exciting work at Tending the Garden of our Hearts: Family Meditations for Great Lent that I haven’t been posting much new Raising Saints content, and for that, I apologize!  I do hope that you and your family are enjoying our daily devotionals (and if you haven’t heard them yet, check them out!)  Sunday School teachers might take note — the devotionals can be downloaded…

Daily Lenten Podcast is up on Ancient Faith!

Kristina Wenger and I are excited to see our new podcast up on the Ancient Faith Radio site! The first episode has posted — it’s an introduction to the series of daily lenten mediations for children, with ideas for a lenten countdown you can put together now. Subscribe now, on Ancient Faith and on our website: tending-the-garden.com You’ll be all set to receive reminders of our daily podcast for children and their…

New Podcast for Families!

  Tending the Garden of our Hearts:  Family Meditations for Great Lent & Holy Week   I am excited to announce a new podcast mini-series on Ancient Faith Radio! Tending the Garden of our Hearts will be a daily podcast of readings for children and their families. We hope that you and your children will join us on a journey through Great Lent and Holy Week!     Every day, we’ll offer a…

The Monastery in Our Hearts

I was recently at a Nativity retreat in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and a listener mentioned that her favorite podcast episode is The Monastery in Our Hearts — and she reminded me that it’s one of my favorites too. Here’s the Raising Saints Podcast’s 5th episode.   One of the great treasures of Orthodoxy is our tradition of monasticism. You know, there are Orthodox monasteries that have stood for over a thousand years, weathering…

Reposting: Living the Nativity in our Little Churches

Originally posted on December 11, 2014, and re-posted today as we live out the Nativity Fast once more… 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…

Portrait of an Orthodox Family

As most of you know, I have been working on a live call-in Ancient Faith Radio show called Everyday Orthodox.  On the first and third Thursday of every month, we’ll talk with another everyday Orthodox person — we’ll hear their story, and get to know one another better! This week, my friend Katrina Bitar will join me. She didn’t think about it a lot when she was younger, but as she grows older…