Feasting & Fasting

Celebrating Saint Paisios with Our Son

Celebrating Saint Paisios with Our Son

July 12th is the feast of Saint Paisios the New of Mount Athos. I have loved Elder Paisios since meeting him in The Mountain of Silence by Kyriacos Markides. I love him so much that one of our sons is named Lucas Paisios. The saint is someone whose example of a beautiful, simple, child-like faith is needed in our times. […]

Seeing Mercy and Spiritual Progress in Lent

Seeing Mercy and Spiritual Progress in Lent

  “Mom, are we allowed to eat that?” During the first weeks of the fast in Great Lent, I am asked this question at least a dozen times by any one of my kids. They know the fasting rules. I tell them at the very beginning what we are fasting from (for us it’s no meat, limited dairy) but still, […]

The Nostalgia of Lent

The Nostalgia of Lent

We are at the end of the first week of Great Lent. Every year, the season of Lent can be wildly different. Some easier than others. Some not at all what I expected. This year I see some new dynamics in our family; I see joy and nostalgia. My twenty-year-old, Scarlett, told me this is the most nostalgic time of […]

Enchiladas and Forgiveness Sunday

Enchiladas and Forgiveness Sunday

Tomorrow is Cheesefare and Forgiveness Sunday; the day before Clean Monday which begins Great Lent for Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Christians. I just finished making two trays of cheese and onion enchiladas. The red sauce is one I have been making for years; the recipe was my grandmother’s. I decided on making my grandmother’s cheese enchiladas for Sunday’s church potluck […]

Fast Friendly Recipes from the Monastery and My Home

Fast Friendly Recipes from the Monastery and My Home

It’s fairly common for Eastern Christians to have a regular potluck or social hour after Sunday liturgy or after one of the Presanctified Liturgies during Great Lent. We have been having regular Sunday potluck at the monastery for what seems like forever now! Father Moses and I have been planning meals, swapping recipes, and commiserating during Lent about “what to […]

Fasting As A Family: A Giveaway and Book Review!

Fasting As A Family: A Giveaway and Book Review!

O, how I wish I had this book, Fasting As A Family by Melissa Naasko, when we first started fasting about 18 years ago–WISH! It could’ve helped me to worry less during Lent and the other fasts about ‘what on earth will I cook,’ ‘what will I pack my husband to eat for lunch,’ and ‘are the kids getting enough protein.’ […]

Clean Monday and Clean Fridges–A new series by a friend

Our good friend, Melissa Naasko, has started a new series about Eastern Catholicism and she also has a book about fasting coming out next month. We highly recommend you check out her new article. Clean Monday and Clean Fridges “It is nearly Lent again and Roman Catholics have fish on their minds. The world sits up and takes notice and […]

Getting ready for Pentecost!

Getting ready for Pentecost!

  Sunday is Pentecost so we planted Celosia in a planter for our prayer table. We planted Celosia because it looks like little flames of fire. I had Lucas, Sal, and Marina help me plant them and while digging in the dirt and planting the little flames we discussed the Feast of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit. Saturday afternoon I plan […]

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