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The Nostalgia of Lent

The Nostalgia of Lent

We are at the end of the first week of Great Lent. Every year, the season of Lent can be wildly different. Some easier than others. Some not at all what I expected. This year I see some new dynamics in our family; I see joy and nostalgia. My twenty-year-old, Scarlett, told me this is the most nostalgic time of […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Fasting and Almsgiving

Lessons From A Monastery: Fasting and Almsgiving

“Do you wish your prayer to fly toward God? Give it two wings: fasting and almsgiving.” —Saint Augustine Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are the traditional three pillars of Lent and also monastic life.  We can look to the practices of religious communities in this area to help us understand what the goals of such practices are. Fasting and Almsgiving should […]

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 […]

Fr. Moses Sharing His Thoughts On Fasting

Fr. Moses Sharing His Thoughts On Fasting

Fr. Moses from Holy Resurrection Monastery has asked us to share an article he has written on keeping the Fast. He has given some excellent advice that everyone can benefit from. Enjoy! On the Western calendar it is the first week of the fast and people are already going nuts about their Lenten fast. Therefore, I thought I would write […]

It’s A Good Thing Lent Isn’t Up To Me…

It’s A Good Thing Lent Isn’t Up To Me…

How can it be that Great Lent is so close?! How? In the words of my daughter, “just when you thought it was safe to feast, the fast is upon us again.” I am trying to plan ahead because Lent is a really busy time for my family. I am already behind around the house because of being sick and […]

My Christmas Prayer From Last Year

My Christmas Prayer From Last Year

The twelve days of Christmas are past, today was Theophany, and tomorrow is back to school for us. We all enjoyed the Christmas break even though we were busy. On top of all the busyness of the holiday there were a lot of church services to go to. We are all really glad to be just down the road from […]

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 […]

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 […]

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