Archive for July, 2014

Have Confidence in God, Even in Difficulty

Have Confidence in God, Even in Difficulty

  Saying we have faith in God when life is going smooth is easy. When serious troubles are not a threat, confidence in God isn’t hard. The test is to check our faith when the waves of adversity are crashing against us. From my own experience, as a wife of 15 years and mother of eight children living on one income, life has been a challenge in multiple ways. With the financial state of our national economy over […]

by · July 31, 2014 · 0 comments · Family, Prayer
A Must Read: “Monasticism, Clericalism and the Priesthood of All Believers”

A Must Read: “Monasticism, Clericalism and the Priesthood of All Believers”

“Monasticism is fundamentally a lay movement. Its great founders, like St. Benedict and St. Anthony of Egypt, were not priests, and did not envision communities of priests. The essence of monasticism is not clerical service—which is possible only for some—but a radically converted way of life, available to all.” This is a MUST READ written by our friend Ben Mann […]

Diego and Scarlett making desserts in honor of their patron saints.

Feast Day Buddies!

July is a busy month for us. Patron feast days for St. Marina, St. Mary Magdalene, St. James the Great, St. Anne, St. Paisios,  and a birthday are all on the calendar. In our family we celebrate each of our patron saints by praying Vespers and/or going to Divine Liturgy. We also make a dessert to celebrate and we always […]

Why Every Home is a Monastery Part 3:  St. John Chrysostom’s Answer

Why Every Home is a Monastery Part 3: St. John Chrysostom’s Answer

So how do we (while living in the world) strive after the monastic ideal of communion with God, is it really possible to have monasticism as our reference point?  Saint John Chrysostom has an answer: “Even a man living within a city can imitate the life of monks. Indeed, even a man who has wife, and who is occupied with […]

Why Every Home is a Monastery Part 2: Patriarch Bartholomew on Marriage and Monasticism

Why Every Home is a Monastery Part 2: Patriarch Bartholomew on Marriage and Monasticism

Many people think monasticism and marriage are very different vocations and very far from one another. Years of knowing monastics and being a part of the extended community of a monastery has taught us differently. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in his book Encountering the Mystery gives a lovely and thought provoking description of monasticism and marriage, he says: “Thus monastic chastity […]

Abbot Nicholas Chrismating our Goddaughter.

Why Every Home is a Monastery Part 1: A Pope, an Abbot & Orientale Lumen

Why every home a monastery? The inspiration for this project comes from a life changing homily we heard many years ago from Abbot Nicholas Zachariadis. Fr. Nicholas is the founding Abbot of Holy Resurrection Monastery, a Romanian Greek Catholic monastery which has been our spiritual home for most of the last sixteen years. Our family life has been shaped by […]

by · July 11, 2014 · 0 comments · Uncategorized
Have Confidence in God, Even in Difficulty

Have Confidence in God, Even in Difficulty

Saying we have faith in God when life is going smooth is easy. When serious troubles are not a threat, confidence in God isn’t hard. The test is to check our faith when the waves of adversity are crashing against us.   From my own experience, as a wife of 15 years and mother of eight children living on one income, life has been a challenge in multiple ways. With the financial state of our national economy over […]

by · July 6, 2014 · 2 comments · Daily Life, Family, Prayer
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