St. Nicholas, Our Advent so Far & Fasting Resources

St. Nicholas, Our Advent so Far & Fasting Resources

Here Comes St. Nicholas! My daughter Lena just told me it is the “eve of the eve of St. Nicholas Day!” Every year my children look forward to December 6th. On the Sunday closest to St. Nick’s feast, someone at the monastery (usually one of the monks) dresses up like St. Nicholas and hands out candy while the rest of […]

Stewardship and the Holidays: Shopping

Stewardship and the Holidays: Shopping

    We have tried to be more intentional with our own shopping over the years. Being good stewards of what God gives us means we need to be mindful of how we use our resources. Sharing our time, talents, and treasures isn’t only about volunteer work, good deeds, and donations but also the use of these things in everyday […]

by · November 29, 2014 · 1 comment · Daily Life, Family, Stewardship
Preparing Our Hearts for Christ

Preparing Our Hearts for Christ

You would have to live in a cave to not know that Christmas is coming. The day after Thanksgiving, almost everyone is preparing. Shopping for presents, putting up trees, sending cards, making cookies, and hosting parties. In some churches and Christian homes the Advent Wreath will come out, maybe a Jesse Tree, and the Christmas trees and ornaments may be […]

Little acts of love, kindness and faith add up to holiness, pope says

From Pope Francis: All Christians are called to holiness and to take even little steps each day to be more loving and more Christ-like, Pope Francis said. “Some think that holiness is closing your eyes and making the face of a plastic statue, but that’s not holiness,” the pope said Nov. 19 at his weekly general audience. Holiness is something […]

Preparing for the Nativity

Preparing for the Nativity

One subject that can get people talking is fasting. Whether asking for a new recipe, wondering how to fast with kids, or seeking support from anyone else who has been living off of PB & J’s too, there is always lively conversation regarding the subject. And of course there are always the more serious questions about fasting. With the Philip’s […]

Face to Face with the Culture of Death

Face to Face with the Culture of Death

We recently announced that we are expecting our ninth child. Yes, number nine. I made an announcement via facebook and added at the end if anyone had anything rude, obnoxious or remotely negative to say – SHUT UP!! or I’ll release the kids on you (whom I just explained were thrilled beyond belief to hear they will be having a […]

by · November 5, 2014 · 12 comments · Family

This is a great article

We want to share this great article written by Matt Yonke at Pro-life Action League: “Dunham thinks the gutsy thing is taking your clothes off and jumping into bed, but she’s wrong. What takes real courage is facing down the fear of accepting new life into your care and committing yourself to becoming responsible for it. True openness to sex […]

by · October 1, 2014 · 0 comments · Family
Sr. Vassa talks about St. Eustathios

Sr. Vassa talks about St. Eustathios

We love Sr. Vassa! If you haven’t had a chance to see one of her 10 minute lessons check this one out. In this episode she is talking about a married couple and how God meets us where we are.  

by · September 20, 2014 · 1 comment · Catechesis, Family, Saints
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