Arise, O God.

Arise, O God.

As I have followed the news about the suffering Christians around the world, I am reminded that I know something about them. We have worshiped along side the Chaldean, Syriac, Coptic and Palestinian Christians on several occasions. These Christians keep ancient traditions and are liturgical people.  I imagine, living in a land where the church is so heavily persecuted, these people are made to ponder […]

All in God’s Time: A lesson from St. Monica

All in God’s Time: A lesson from St. Monica

I am convinced that sometimes, the saints choose us. St. Monica is another proof to me that this is true. She was the patron of the mother whose home we recently purchased. The house was dedicated to St. Monica and when we moved in an icon of her was on our wall. She is now in the center of my kitchen […]

by · August 27, 2014 · 3 comments · Liturgical Year, Prayer, Saints
Celebrating a Marriage

Celebrating a Marriage

There is something odd about making wedding crowns for my own parents and explaining to my  children why I am making crowns for their grandparents. Such is the life of a revert! My parents grew up Catholic but left the Church when they were adults so they were not married in  the Church. At my grandfathers request, I was baptized Catholic […]

by · August 19, 2014 · 5 comments · Faith, Family
The Transfiguration: View from a Mountain

The Transfiguration: View from a Mountain

“You were transfigured upon the mount, O Christ our God, and Your disciples, in so far as they could bear, beheld Your glory. Thus, when they see You crucified, they may understand Your voluntary passion, and proclaim to the world that You are truly the radiance of the Father.” (Kontakion of the Feast of the Transfiguration) The Transfiguration of Christ […]

Have Confidence in God, Even in Difficulty

Have Confidence in God, Even in Difficulty

  Saying we have faith in God when life is going smooth is easy. When serious troubles are not a threat, confidence in God isn’t hard. The test is to check our faith when the waves of adversity are crashing against us. From my own experience, as a wife of 15 years and mother of eight children living on one income, life has been a challenge in multiple ways. With the financial state of our national economy over […]

by · July 31, 2014 · 0 comments · Family, Prayer
A Must Read: “Monasticism, Clericalism and the Priesthood of All Believers”

A Must Read: “Monasticism, Clericalism and the Priesthood of All Believers”

“Monasticism is fundamentally a lay movement. Its great founders, like St. Benedict and St. Anthony of Egypt, were not priests, and did not envision communities of priests. The essence of monasticism is not clerical service—which is possible only for some—but a radically converted way of life, available to all.” This is a MUST READ written by our friend Ben Mann […]

Diego and Scarlett making desserts in honor of their patron saints.

Feast Day Buddies!

July is a busy month for us. Patron feast days for St. Marina, St. Mary Magdalene, St. James the Great, St. Anne, St. Paisios,  and a birthday are all on the calendar. In our family we celebrate each of our patron saints by praying Vespers and/or going to Divine Liturgy. We also make a dessert to celebrate and we always […]

Why Every Home is a Monastery Part 3:  St. John Chrysostom’s Answer

Why Every Home is a Monastery Part 3: St. John Chrysostom’s Answer

So how do we (while living in the world) strive after the monastic ideal of communion with God, is it really possible to have monasticism as our reference point?  Saint John Chrysostom has an answer: “Even a man living within a city can imitate the life of monks. Indeed, even a man who has wife, and who is occupied with […]

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