Introduction

Every journey starts with one step.

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Pharisee Food

Fasting is a process for all of us. I remember reading that the ‘proper’ fast is to abstain from all food as much as possible. I try to view it as food is one of my potential weaknesses. In the sense that I think,”If I don’t have my coffee I’ll be tired, hungry, grumpy.” I [...]

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. https://www.in-between.org.uk/arts-and-crafts/an-iconographer-at-work/ 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 [...]

Prelest

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 [...]