Saints of Advent and Christmas

Saints of Advent and Christmas

Advent is such an incredibly busy time for so many of us. If you are looking for small ways to increase your prayers and your piety during this holy time of preparation, consider spending just a little bit of time with the saints of Advent and Christmas. You can find...
Review: Dorotheos of Gaza: Discourses and Sayings

Review: Dorotheos of Gaza: Discourses and Sayings

If you’re a reader, you know that writers often refer to characters and stories that came before them. Tolkein didn’t have to make up dragons from scratch. He expected that his readers would have read other stories about dragons, especially the dragon from Beowulf,...
Celebrate Pascha with your godchild

Celebrate Pascha with your godchild

When you became a godparent, you assumed responsibility before God to bring the child up in the Orthodox faith. You pray for your godchildren, of course. You light candles for them every time you enter a church. But if you mean to ensure that your godchild loves the...
The Grace of Being There: Stories of saints and single moms

The Grace of Being There: Stories of saints and single moms

What do the saints have to do with being a single mom? Some of the saints were single moms. I remember being told, years ago, that the Orthodox Church lays out for us two paths to holiness: marriage and monasticism. God, of course, wouldn’t send you to hell if you...
Living in Christ by Mother Raphaela

Living in Christ by Mother Raphaela

I’ve never been a book club person. When my kids were young, I didn’t have the time or energy for a book club. There were years that I barely had time to read at all. Those were hard years. My kids are all grown now, and even though a couple of them still live at...
If you don’t know what to do, be kind

If you don’t know what to do, be kind

I said this on my Facebook page a few years ago, and it seems worth saying again: If you can’t think of anything else to do right now, be kind. Find one or two or five organizations that feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the homeless, minister...

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