Every journey starts with one step.
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
God created Man. Then God chose to join God’s creation by joining himself to His Creation through birth. That birth was Jesus, Son of God, God of God. Light of Light. True God of true God. Begotten, but not MADE. Of a single essence with the Father, by whom all thing were made. The Trinity [...]
When I read, the words form images for me of what is happening in the story. It is one reason I enjoy books better than movies. Movies only show a story, but in a book, I feel the emotions expressed by the character. When I read, "The Last Battle" in my junior year of high [...]
I think most people I know are familiar with the story of the man who was despondent because his wife had taken the children and had left him, he had lost his job, his dog was run over by a car and he felt utterly hopeless. He came before his priest and confessed his despondency [...]
“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 [...]