4 Ways to Beat Summertime Despondency (Infographic)

I’ve always loved summer–I relish the sense of freedom and expansiveness it seems to bring to my routines. At the same time, this very freedom can pull me into a Bermuda Triangle of sorts, and I begin to lose touch with important priorities–particularly those that concern the spiritual life. This time around, I’m pulling together a few of…

The Rapture: An Orthodox Understanding (Infographic)

Fact #1: I grew up believing in the Rapture. Fact #2: I no longer believe in the Rapture. Really, I don’t. Fact #3: When I walk into a mysteriously empty room or a quiet home, my first (subconscious) instinct is still to check the floor for heaps of clothes and other telltale signs that people have been raptured.…

Cycles of the Orthodox calendar (and why they matter)

The end of September marks the start of a somewhat quieter time, liturgically speaking. The next of the major feast days isn’t until 21 November (Presentation of the Theotokos) and there are no major fast periods until that of Nativity,  starting on 15 November. Don’t get me wrong, there’s lots of good stuff happening in the Church between…