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When the Going Gets Tough

Spiritual Warfare is a moment by moment occurrence. I recently was confessing my issue with not 'feeling' sorry for my sins and my confessor said that was normal. That took me some time to digest. It is not that I want to sin indiscriminately. I WANT to be obedient. I KNOW that obedience is best, [...]

Submission and Icons

I read an article and had a few thoughts as I read it. I loved this statement: Thank God we don’t become who we want to be! I think he is saying that writing icons is an obedience and our culture does not truly reflect the first thing about obedience. Obedience is sacrificial and [...]


I have told many people this story over the years, but since coming to Orthodoxy, I am more careful about telling it. My mom died when I was in high school. She had cancerous brain tumors that contributed to her death, but she actually died of an aneurysm. While this may seem like I am [...]

Who am I fighting?

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12, OSB) OSB Notes According to St. John Chrysostom, the violent who take the Kingdom by force are those who have such earnest desire for Christ that they let nothing stand [...]