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Lessons From A Monastery: Love is a Call to Action

Lessons From A Monastery: Love is a Call to Action

What does it mean to partake of the life of the Holy Trinity? What does it mean to have communion with God? Think of a married couple. In this marriage, the couple fulfills all their duties. They are good to each other, respectful. They build a home where all obligations on both sides are met. There is even love for […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Becoming a Christian

Lessons From A Monastery: Becoming a Christian

All you who have been Baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia! The gathering of friends and family around the baptismal font are the happiest moments and most important ones in a Christian’s life. My newborn daughter was recently baptized, chrismated, (confirmed) and given her first communion. Serafina’s godfather flew to Wisconsin from California for the event and we […]

Serafina’s Baptism, Chrismation, and First Communion

Serafina’s Baptism, Chrismation, and First Communion

Recently our new baby Serafina was baptized. The day was perfect and filled with such joy, as all baptism days are. Little Sera was also chrismated (confirmed) and received the Eucharist. For those not aware, the Eastern Catholic church gives all three sacraments of initiation at once. I wrote an article explaining the Eastern practice which you can read here. In […]

by · July 7, 2015 · 5 comments · Family, monks, Sacraments
Kids working on their Great Lent Countdown

Our Lent So Far…

Comedy hour (not really a full hour) has become the time I sit down with the kids and read, Come Follow Me by Abouna Justin Rose. This is a book I have decided to read to the older kids for Lent. There isn’t a funnier time of the day in my house (and that’s saying a lot)! During this time I have learned a […]

Guiding Our Children to Discover Their Vocation

Guiding Our Children to Discover Their Vocation

We all know there is a vocations crisis in the Church. We have a shortage of priests, deacons, and religious. Fewer people than ever want to get married or stay married (I would also add, there is a shortage of single people who are living out holy lives). To add to the problem, there is a lot of talk about discerning one’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Abbot Nicholas Chrismating our Goddaughter.

Why Every Home is a Monastery Part 1: A Pope, an Abbot & Orientale Lumen

Why every home a monastery? The inspiration for this project comes from a life changing homily we heard many years ago from Abbot Nicholas Zachariadis. Fr. Nicholas is the founding Abbot of Holy Resurrection Monastery, a Romanian Greek Catholic monastery which has been our spiritual home for most of the last sixteen years. Our family life has been shaped by […]

by · July 11, 2014 · 0 comments · Uncategorized
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