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Community: The Gift of Witness

Community: The Gift of Witness

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” Hebrews 12:1-2 Recently, I shared some thoughts on what it means to live in […]

4 Things My Family will Miss about Lent

4 Things My Family will Miss about Lent

My kids and I were discussing that Lent is almost over and Holy Week is upon us. As much as we are looking forward to Pascha (Easter), there are some things we will miss about Lent. Here’s our list of what we will miss: The Prayer of Saint Ephraim Lucas (7) and his younger brothers agree that they will miss the […]

Byzconsin: Buying Our Home 

Byzconsin: Buying Our Home 

A huge part of our Byzconsin journey involves buying a home. Being able to purchase a reasonably priced home was a huge motivator for us to move to the Midwest. We moved not knowing when we would be able to buy but knowing it would be much more feasible in Wisconsin than in California. When we moved to Wisconsin we […]

Despondency and the Incarnation of God  

Despondency and the Incarnation of God  

   God is in the flesh, not operating from a distance, as did the prophets, but through Him human nature, one with ours, He seeks to bring back all mankind to Himself. –St. Basil the Great With so many tragic events going on in the world right now it is easy to lose hope and to wonder, ‘When will God […]

by · January 25, 2016 · 3 comments · Faith, Prayer
Thank God Ahead of Time: A Lesson from Solanus Casey

Thank God Ahead of Time: A Lesson from Solanus Casey

“Thank God ahead of time, right?” My friend Michael said this to me as we were entering (for the first time) a house that my husband and I were looking at to possibly purchase. ‘What an interesting expression,’ I thought to myself. I didn’t think much more about what he said because I was too busy being nervous about seeing […]

by · November 6, 2015 · 3 comments · Faith, Prayer, Saints
Billy Joel and Saying Goodbye…

Billy Joel and Saying Goodbye…

Lately I have been playing a lot of Billy Joel songs. I don’t play music very often but sometimes it is a necessity. Sometimes life needs a soundtrack. Billy Joel’s music is like sitting and visiting with an old friend. In the song Say Goodbye to Hollywood we hear, So many faces in and out of my life Some will last Some […]

by · September 17, 2015 · 5 comments · Daily Life, Faith, Family, Prayer
Do Not Be Afraid of Silence by Ben Mann

Do Not Be Afraid of Silence by Ben Mann

Another excellent article from our friend Ben Mann: Do Not Be Afraid of Silence BENJAMIN MANN “A person whose mind is caught in thought is distant from Jesus; a person with a silent mind is with him.” – St. Hesychius of Jerusalem “We are not God, but God is the center of all, so when we turn to our own center […]

by · June 5, 2015 · 0 comments · Prayer
Lessons From A Monastery: Learning to Love Mary

Lessons From A Monastery: Learning to Love Mary

“… O all-pure Mother of God, cease not seeking your children who are lost; that we may treasure Christ in our hearts, and find eternally our Father’s House.” -From the tropar for the Mother of God, Searcher for the Lost Occasionally, Roman Catholics who are not familiar with Eastern Catholic/Orthodox traditions will ask us why we don’t pray the rosary […]

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