Dealing With Grief Through Repentance

dealing with grief

Dealing with grief is something we must all do at one time or another. Countless books have been written about the grieving process and the proper ways to channel it. The five stages of grief have become a part of …

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Holy Week: This Too Shall Pass

Holy Week begins with Pam Sunday

Holy Week has begun for the Orthodox Church, and our Palm Sunday started with a big fight. Our daughter decided it was the perfect time for a complete meltdown just as we were ready to leave for church, and the …

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Encountering The Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna

Saint Anna

I believe things are ordered in ways that we do not comprehend, which is why our encounter with St. Anna was so special. A planned weekend trip nearly fell through when my wife became ill and in need of rest. She managed to …

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Your Journey Is Not Their Journey

I’ve talked to several couples who converted to Orthodoxy. In most cases the man began the journey first, with his partner coming after. It makes sense. Men tend to strike out on a journey headlong, not counting the cost or …

Theosis: Christ Is Not Our Stepfather

My daughter had a softball game last night. Her first year in team sports has already been a wild ride. She makes mistakes and good plays in equal measure. She forgets the rules but remembers all the cheers in the …

John Stamos And The Jesus Prayer

My wife and daughter are watching Fuller House. The show is a Netflix-only update of the ’90s sitcom Full House. With most of the original cast signed on, it’s a silly, simplistic throwback. My wife loved the show in her …

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Why I Converted To Orthodoxy – Part 4

prosperity gospel

In case you missed it, Part 1 can be found here, Part 2 is here, and Part 3 is here. I reached the heights and the depths of my experience with the Prosperity Gospel within the space of a few …

If I Do Not Have Love

if i have not love

My daughter has started singing in the church choir. And I had nothing to do with it. My fiancee, her daughter and I were all received into the Church on the feast of St. Stephen. Immediately after that, we were joined …

How To Improve Your Marriage With One Step

I found out How To Improve Your Marriage With One Step

Husbands, do you want to know how to improve your marriage? Do you want to get the most out of your relationship with your wife? Do what I did. I made my bed. Not the world-changing marriage advice you expected. …

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The Great Fast: I’m Doing It Wrong

Orthodox Christians are preparing for Lent, sometimes called the Great Fast. Our Catholic brethren are already there. And our Protestant cousins are still a ways out from celebrating Easter. The upcoming Lent will be the second one I’ve been through, …