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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. […]

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 […]

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
Our Lady of Sorrows: Our Hope and Joy

Our Lady of Sorrows: Our Hope and Joy

Seeking to understand the incomprehensible reason for the bitter sorrows that assail us, in need of consolation we flee to Thee, O Mother and Virgin. —From an Akathist to The Joy of All Who Sorrow Sorrow, it is such a heavy word. So many people I know suffer and carry many sorrowful burdens in their minds and hearts. Loneliness is […]

by · September 15, 2015 · 0 comments · Faith, Saints
MARTYRS

MARTYRS

MARTYRS by Michael Martinez Dark vapors rise from the ashes of the old world, as the dawn comes, you can see the bodies of our young mutilated, in tatters; chard by the the early dawns light over the new moon. For they have come for us in ancient times, and they come for us now; screaming ancient battle cries wildly […]

by · July 21, 2015 · 0 comments · Saints
What’s In a Name: Welcoming Our New Baby!

What’s In a Name: Welcoming Our New Baby!

Our baby is finally here! On May 6th little Serafina Xenia Joanna was born! Thanks be to God everything went well. So many people prayed for us during the pregnancy and delivery, we can’t express how grateful we are for all the prayers. With all of the health issues and surgeries I went through during this pregnancy, labor day felt […]

by · May 15, 2015 · 4 comments · Family, Saints, Traditions
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 […]

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 […]

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