Saints

Stories about the saints of the Orthodox Church. St. Nicholas has his own section. To find a particular saint quickly, check the index, where they’re listed by date.



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,...
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...
St. Corona, the patron saint of pandemics

St. Corona, the patron saint of pandemics

St. Corona seems to have become the patron saint of pandemics. But she hasn’t always been so. Here’s how it happened. The martyrdom of St. Corona and St. Victor St. Corona was martyred in the year 170, or perhaps 177. As with so many early saints, we know very little...
When Pope Leo met Attila the Hun

When Pope Leo met Attila the Hun

The meeting between St. Leo the Great, Pope of Rome, and Attila the Hun was brief. The story of what led up to that meeting takes somewhat longer to tell. It started in the year 450. Honoria, the older sister of Valentinian III, emperor of the western Roman Empire,...
A dangerous story: The prodigal son

A dangerous story: The prodigal son

I once heard a homily for the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, in which the priest explained that the parable is dangerous. We might be tempted to see in the father the example of a loving parent. But any parent that, in real life, acted as the father of the prodigal son...
St. Dositheos, recluse of the Kiev Caves

St. Dositheos, recluse of the Kiev Caves

On September 25, 1776, the monk Dositheos, recluse of the Kiev Caves, died at his prayers. That was the end of his life. It was not what anyone would have expected at the beginning. Daria and her grandmother In 1721, in a little town east of Moscow, a child was born...

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