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Why do I need Confession?

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, One of the most often asked question I receive from the non-Orthodox and from the marginalized Orthodox who did not grow up with the Traditions of the Church is “Why do we have to go to confession?” This question is usually couched with phrases such as these: “Where in […]

Angels

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November 8 My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, One of my favorite topics of discussion is the Holy Angels, the Synaxis of whom we celebrate on November 8th. There seems to be a lot of confusion about the Bodiless Powers, and I wanted to take the time to discuss them here. The first and most […]

Love never fails! – A look at Stewardship on the Feast of SS. Kosmas and Damianos

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November 1, 2019 This Epistle Passage, St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 12:27-31; 13:1-8, is often utilized in non-Orthodox Weddings as the couple wishing to express the height of all virtues: Love. And while they are correct that Love is indeed the highest of all virtues. They miss the heart of this passage. While […]

Courage and Guts

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October 26, 2019 My brothers and sisters in Christ,   When I was a young teenager I remember a discussion with my spiritual father. I had shared with him that I was often afraid, and he chided me. He said to me, “Dimitri, you cannot be afraid.”               I asked why?               He shared with […]

St. Basil Challenge to Parents

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Parents, can your child answer the question, “Who is Noah?” This story, which even many toddlers know should not be foreign to our homes. Children should not shrug their shoulders when asked, “Who is John the Baptist?” ST. BASIL CHALLENGE According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “Over […]

What am I? What is my identity? Why am I doing what I am doing?

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,      January begins the New Year and with it, as with any New Year, it is tempting to redefine ourselves. This is sometimes a good thing. Often we seek to eat healthier, live healthier and be kinder to our fellow man. But I think we need to take […]

Depression during the Holidays

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The leaves have changed color, the temperature has dropped, the sniffles have started, and the lawns of neighbors are filled with the festive decorations of the holiday du jour. For many people, this is their favorite time of year. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day. One after […]

The WHY Generation

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Many of our faithful grew up in the Faith, but may not have any idea why we do what we do, or have any real idea what we believe about God, social issues, faith, prayer, and our place in the world. I often congratulate my catechumens by saying, “You […]

Immortality and Memory

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October 4, 2019 My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I have often encountered this concept of memory in the fear of people. We want to be remembered. We want people to know our names. This has always been true. But now, in today’s social media world, the need to be recognized, affirmed, and shared […]

Patrons against Black Magic and Horror

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October 2, 2019 My beloved brothers and sister in Christ, Welcome to October. I enjoy a good horror movie. Who doesn’t like an anxious adrenaline rush as you wait to see how the protagonist will escape his or her situation. Unfortunately, of late, it seems that horror movies have become nihilistic voyages into despair. The […]