A Need for Spiritual Heroes: Judging Ourselves

“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.” 1 Corinthians 11:31 “We have abandoned the easy yoke, that is self-reproach, and we have burdened ourselves with the heavy yoke, that is self-justification.” Abba Poemen (from the Prologue of Orhid*) Perhaps one of the main reasons why so many people made the journeyContinue reading “A Need for Spiritual Heroes: Judging Ourselves”

CHRIST IS RISEN! … (now what?)

This Sunday, Western oriented Christians will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We Orthodox Christians will worship and feast on Pascha the following weekend this year. I think everyone looks forward to Easter Egg Hunts, outdoor cooking, non-COVID restricted gatherings with family and friends. This holiday isn’t as commercially popular asContinue reading “CHRIST IS RISEN! … (now what?)”

The Need For Spiritual Heroes: Beyond Earthly Borders

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 Where thereContinue reading “The Need For Spiritual Heroes: Beyond Earthly Borders”

Christmas: The Continuum of Christ

CHRIST IS BORN, GLORIFY HIM! CHRIST HAS COME FROM HEAVEN, RECEIVE HIM! CHRIST IS ON EARTH, BE YE EXALTED! Undoubtedly, this is the most festive and joyous holiday on the calendar. Some of us started decorating and shopping as early as the day after Halloween. And what a variety of things we have to celebrateContinue reading “Christmas: The Continuum of Christ”

The Need for Spiritual Heroes: Ordinary People

When regular people deeply engage themselves in prayer and holy living, a whole society can shine in God’s grace. There is an admiration for Russia in the Orthodox Christian world. Saints such as Ignatius Brianchaninov, John of Kronstadt, and Theophan the Recluse are among the greatest writers of our faith. Kings and queens of theContinue reading “The Need for Spiritual Heroes: Ordinary People”