As Much as We can Bear

I hear it whenever someone is faced with a challenge of faith. “I don’t know if I can do it!” This statement of doubt isn’t a lack of faith, but a lack of understanding. We just don’t understand that God is our protector and comforter. He will not allow us to ‘go down the wrong…

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Who Are You?

This is a question we rarely think about but often answer. My name is Fr Athanasios. I’m a priest. I can list a thousand answers to this question and never get to the root of who I truly am. I am more than the sum of my parts, as the saying goes. What matters is…

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For the Sake of Others

We live in a society that places the self above all others. We believe as WE want to believe. We act as WE want to act. We say what WE want to say. You get the point. What is missing in the self-absorption mentality is the consideration of others. I can’t tell you how many…

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Are We Killing the Church?

Location of St Stephen's Martyrdom

Sometimes I wonder what the effect of our indifference to the Church may be. It seems every time I turn around another ‘good one’ has turned away from fervent faith. Maybe he doesn’t leave the Church completely, but the comes when he frequents the movie theater more than the Church. The effects of this behavior…

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Faith of the Ancients

Today begins the ‘Fifteen Days of August’ which is a period of fasting and preparation for the Feast of the Dormition (earthly death) of the Virgin Mary. Today also commemorates an ancient tradition of the Church with the Holy Cross for the healing of the people. We can learn a great deal from the faith…

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