Archive for March, 2015

The Ordinariness of Monasticism

The Ordinariness of Monasticism

We had to share this fantastic article by Ben Mann, the newest postulant at Holy Resurrection Monastery. In this article he is sharing the same message we are trying to express in our own blog and articles. More of this kind of writing is needed. Fr. Alexander Schmemann came to mind when reading Ben’s new article. Fr. Schmemann’s writings explain […]

My Children’s Thoughts On The Great Canon

My Children’s Thoughts On The Great Canon

    I grew up in a protestant home. Because of that I always find it interesting to see my own children’s faith growing and their reaction to things. Growing up in the Eastern Church is definitely different then coming into it. I often have to remind myself that this world is all my children know; they never knew life […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Hospitality

Lessons From A Monastery: Hospitality

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” -Hebrews 13:2 Hospitality can mean different things. Often we think of entertaining people; welcomed guests being “wowed” by our cooking, good wine, and decorum. Cooking shows, websites, and magazines give us all the tips for being the perfect host. Christian hospitality on the other hand […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Fasting and Almsgiving

Lessons From A Monastery: Fasting and Almsgiving

“Do you wish your prayer to fly toward God? Give it two wings: fasting and almsgiving.” —Saint Augustine Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are the traditional three pillars of Lent and also monastic life.  We can look to the practices of religious communities in this area to help us understand what the goals of such practices are. Fasting and Almsgiving should […]

Kids working on their Great Lent Countdown

Our Lent So Far…

Comedy hour (not really a full hour) has become the time I sit down with the kids and read, Come Follow Me by Abouna Justin Rose. This is a book I have decided to read to the older kids for Lent. There isn’t a funnier time of the day in my house (and that’s saying a lot)! During this time I have learned a […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Silence

Lessons From A Monastery: Silence

“The first requirement for prayer is silence. People of prayer are people of silence.” –St. Mother Teresa Something that may come as a surprise when visiting a monastery (even if it is expected) is the silence you encounter there. As a monastic virtue, silence is found in every monastery and monastic order, though to different degrees. It is so important […]

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