Prepared for Faith

We know that God is beyond time because He is the creator of time. We also know that He has been planning our salvation since before we were created. So, if God has always known that we would follow Him, and if He has placed various prophecies and signs in our path, why didn’t God…

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Sacrifice of Love

As Americans today we honor the fallen soldiers who left for war and never returned home to their families. We call this the ultimate sacrifice in our culture. We are thankful for our fallen heroes, and we honor the war dead with parades and concerts. It is even a work holiday for many in our…

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Episode 366 – Sunday of Faith

On the Sixth Sunday of Pascha, the Church recalls the healing of the man born blind. Known as the Sunday of the Blind Man, it is truly about faith. The Blind Man saw Christ as God with his heart. The Pharisees refused to see Christ as God, not because they eyes didn’t work, but because…

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Episode 365 – The Faith and Courage of Mothers

Every few years the commemoration of the Myrrh Bearing Women and Mothers’ Day coincide, as they do this year. It offers us a great opportunity to honor the faith and courage of women in general, and mothers specifically. Without our mothers and grandmothers and their grandmothers, going back to Eve in the Garden, we would…

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Against Cremation

When it comes to our struggle against the modern, secular world, one consistent patter emerges. Our society has no regard for the human body as the Temple of the Holy Spirit. We abuse our bodies with drugs and alcohol. We use our bodies as canvas for artwork, and we pincushions. It should come as no…

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Not Just Names in a Book

Today is one of those days I feel sad for non-Orthodox Christians and Orthodox Christians who do not take the time to connect with the saints and readings of the day. I have often written about the benefits of the Church Calendar when it comes to feasts and fasts, or the joy of reading the…

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Celebrating the Faith

Ever since I was a college freshman, I have been a HUGE advocate of living within a schedule. My day timer was with me at all times. If you wanted to spend time with me, or have me attend a function, it HAD to be on my calendar. By the time I was out of…

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Summer Heat

This week marks the end of another school year, and the beginning of a new adventure we all know and love as summer. Even for families without children in school, the end of the school year represents the cycle of life and the enjoyable tradition of summer vacations! For those of us in Florida, summer…

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Let Me Speak about Jesus

The other day I had the privilege of enjoying time spent with a group of pastors (I was the only priest present) and Dave Ramsey, the well-known Christian-based financial planner. I am a big fan of his program, and share it with every young couple I meet, as well as my entire parish. His financial…

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