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Entries from August 27th, 2009

An answer to a Priest about the World Crisis – by St. Nikolai (Velimirovic)

August 27th, 2009 2 Comments

Orthodox PriestYou ask me, O man of God, where did today's crisis come from and what does it mean? Who am I to be asked about such a great thing? "You should only speak when what you have to say is better than silence," says St. Gregory the Theologian. And even though I believe that silence would be better...

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Education and true knowledge – What our children are missing in school today

August 26th, 2009 No Comments

Children in churchAnother school year started this week. Future scientists, engineers, doctors begin their journey today, a journey through rationality and logic in the hope of pushing further away today’s science barriers. During the following school years these children will be taught mathematics, physics, chemistry and other subjects that will reveal to them, step by step... “how

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Praise the Theotokos – a selection of readings

August 14th, 2009 No Comments

Dormition HomiliesOn the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies From St. Vladimir Press a collection of early homilies on the Dormition of the Theotokos. Most of these works have never been translated into English before, and some are not available in any modern

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Frightened by Confession Part 2-Overcoming Shame

August 13th, 2009 No Comments

Ashamed WomanOn a bench besides John, Mary is also deep in thought. “Hmm… I think I start understanding why I should go to Confession. But what do I say when I get there? I know I’ve done some things that I am not proud of, but here is a scary thought: how can I tell all this to another person, especially a man? He’s going to judge me and probably will never look at me with the same eyes again. Plus, how do I know he’s not going to tell anyone? I don’t think I could overcome this shame.”

Shame is a common feeling for anyone that prepares for Confession, especially at the beginning. It is


Frightened by Confession Part 1-Do I need it?

August 12th, 2009 No Comments

distorted mirror The Dormition Lent has begun. Father X speaks again on Confession and spiritual development. What are the people thinking about it? Let’s take a look around. John sits somewhere in the back and shakes His head as Father X goes on about the benefits of Confession. "Here we go again, we started the fast and Father is speaking again about


Fasting and the revelation of our shortcomings

August 10th, 2009 3 Comments

VeggiesMost of the Orthodox people have a hard time fasting. Every beginner realizes sooner rather than later that fasting is difficult, and the discipline of the stomach is not easy to master. The struggle of fast has however another curious secondary effect: the amplification of all our other shortcomings. When we fail in fasting we feel guilty and unworthy.

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The struggle of prayer – a short practical guide

August 10th, 2009 2 Comments

Prayer_Beam_MonkIf you ask anyone in church about prayer they will most likely us a descriptor like: a pleasant experience, a conversation with God, a link with the absolute or other general terms,  all positive in nature. Things are different however when,  during Confession, a Father Confessor asks the same question. He will most likely hear more about  lack of time, loss of focus, procrastination and struggle in general. The truth is that prayer is easier said than done.

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The case for early marriage

August 5th, 2009 No Comments

crowningA very interesting article by Mark Regnerus making the case for early marriage as a  a way to deal with pre-marital sexuality, divorce rates and economical crisis. You can read the article here One of the most interesting statements of  the article in my opinion is this: “Most young Americans no longer think of marriage as a formative institution, but rather as the institution they enter once they think they are fully formed.”


’s affraid of the Theotokos?">Whos affraid of the Theotokos?

August 4th, 2009 No Comments

MD thesalonika(1200)I recently posted a status on Facebook referring to the fast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.  A few minutes later I got a reply from a non-denominational protestant friend: "I did not know that God had a mother". This is a very typical response from this audience since they do not have any particular place for the Virgin Mary in their theology or worship.

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Keeping our children safe online

August 4th, 2009 1 Comment

internet_safetyOne of the growing parental problems  is the control of our children internet access. With a variety of explicit materials and predators lurking the net more and more parent grow worry about their children accessing the internet. More so with new technology like iphods, iphones, mobile internet, social networking the breadth of the problem has grown exponentially...

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