Spirituality

Don’t we all believe in the same God?

It is a good thing to want to believe that we are worshiping the same God under different names. We perhaps say this because of a noble desire that all people should be united instead of divided. Indeed, the beliefs of various religions originated among different cultures and times. They all reveal the need and desire […]

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Watchfulness

  In Orthodoxy, one of the practices we strive for is something called nepsis which is Greek for “watchfulness.” It is based on Christ’s words to the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemene the night of his passion: “Watch and pray, lest you fall into temptation” (Matthew 26:41).  It is also repeatedly mentioned in other […]

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Obedience to Christ and His Church

Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, once said: Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination […]

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John 3:16 – For God so loved the World

One of the best known verses of the Bible is John 3:16, which was read as part of today’s gospel reading.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” The notation of this verse, “John 3:16” appears in […]

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Authentic Christians

One of the first prayers you and I learned was the Lord’s Prayer.  We recite the Lord’s Prayer together at every Divine Liturgy.  It is a perfect prayer because it was given to us by Christ himself.  When you study it closely, you will notice that every line of the prayer was actually something that […]

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Walking on Water

In the gospel reading for the 9th Sunday of Matthew, we find the disciples in a boat,  trying to cross the sea of Galilee to reach Capernaum. It’s about three in the morning, they are three or four miles from the shore and the waves are against them. They are  struggling to row the boat in order to […]

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By Our Vices We Empower the Demons

In the Gospel of Matthew, we read the story of the two demoniacs who lived in a graveyard and everyone was terrified to go near them. The gospels of St. Luke and St. Mark provide us with more details about these men. St. Luke, speaking about one of them, writes that the man was completely naked. […]

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The Fallen World. The Risen Christ.

Every new year’s eve we close the door on one year and enter through the door of a new year. We can think back and talk about last year, remember it and everything that happened in our lives, in the lives of our family and friends, in our community, in our country and in our […]

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