Weekly Sermons

How We Face the Future Without Fear - TOGETHER
October 31, 2020
Fear threatens to overwhelm us and endangers to divide us more and more from one another. It jeopardizes our sense of community and love for one another, leading us to bunker down into our own self-made shelters with people who are like minded. We keep away from the other, whom we fear. We separate ourselves from those whom we feel are different, and thus dangerous. Yet, fear is not from God! Read more »

Do We Welcome Christ or Turn Him Away?
October 25, 2020
If we would meet Christ in all his power, would we welcome Him, or would we turn Him away? Would we obey Him, or would we fear Him and ask Him to leave us alone? Read more »

26 Years in the Priesthood
October 18, 2020
Twenty-six years ago today, on the feast of my patron saint, Luke the Evangelist, I was ordained to the priesthood in Tirana, Albania by His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios. Read more »

What Type of Heart Do We Have?
October 11, 2020
How is it that in the same family, with the same upbringing, and with the same pious mother, siblings could end up on very different ends of the faith spectrum? Read more »

Living Out the Golden Rule
October 04, 2020
“Do unto others what you want them to do unto you.” The Golden Rule. Jesus basically said this rule summarizes the law and the prophets. Here is the spirit of our Orthodox Christian faith. Treating others the way we want to be treated.  Read more »

Learning from St John the Evangelist
September 27, 2020
The Letter of Love. This is St. John the Evangelist’s beautiful letter which describes the divine love of God. “God is love. Whoever abides in love abides in God and God in him… There is no fear in love for perfect love casts out all fear... We are to love one another as God has loved us.” Read more »

Deny Yourself to Save Yourself
September 20, 2020
I recently read about the life of St Maximillian Kolbe, the Polish Catholic priest who died in the Auschwitz Nazi death camp during WW2. His story is one of truly “denying yourself, taking up one’s cross, and following Jesus Christ." Read more »

The Power of Love to Change the World
September 13, 2020
What is the greatest power in the world? Read more »

Will the Kingdom of God be Taken from Us?
September 06, 2020
“The kingdom of God will be taken from you!” What a harsh statement for Jesus to make. How could such a thing happen? Why would our Lord, who “desires every person to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth,” warn people he loves so much in such a stern and severe manner “The kingdom of God will be taken from you.” Read more »

What attachments affect our relationship with Christ?
August 30, 2020
What is something we feel attached to? Something that we wouldn’t want to lose or aren’t willing to give up? Well, today’s Gospel story has a challenging lesson about attachments. Read more »

The Power of Forgiveness
August 23, 2020
Whenever we are confronted in life with a choice to forgive or not forgive someone else, we are given a choice to experience the grace of life or the horror of death. By holding on to resentment, bitterness, anger, and even hatred, we open the door to misery and death in our own lives. Read more »

Discovering the Treasure of Faith
August 16, 2020
In his letter to the Christians in Corinth, the Apostle Paul describes the life of an apostle, the ultimate follower of Christ, as being, “last of all, sentenced to death, a spectacle to the world, fools for Christ's sake; we are weak, we are held in disrepute, we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad, buffeted, homeless, we labor working with our own hands, we are the refuse of the world, the off-scouring of all.” Read more »

Our Need of Prayer
August 09, 2020
“Jesus dismissed the crowds and then went up into the hills by himself to pray” It’s a phrase that can easily be lost in the midst of the major events of the Gospel. Read more »

Honoring the Virgin Mary

August 02, 2020
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”  These words offer a summary of the life of the Virgin Mary. Read more »

Today You Will be With Me In Paradise
July 25, 2020
The first person to enter paradise – who was he? The Virgin Mary? Saint Paul or Saint Peter? One of the other great saints of history? Who was the first person to enter into paradise? Read more »

Learning from Saint Maria of Paris
July 19, 2020
What can we learn from a nonconformist, chain-smoking, twice divorced Russian nun who scandalized many people with her non-traditional behavior? Read more »

Do We Ignore the Demons in our Lives?
July 12, 2020
How many of us prefer to ignore the demons in our lives? Our temper. Our pride. Our anger. Our greed. Our lust. Our laziness. What about certain addictions or daily habits that control us? Read more »

Do Not Be Anxious - Know that You Are Loved
June 28, 2020
Many people are feeling extremely anxious, stressed, worried, and profoundly uncertain about what tomorrow will bring. Well, our Lord Jesus proclaims such a beautiful, comforting and relevant message today! Read more »

A Father's Legacy
June 21, 2020
Happy Father’s Day! On this day that we honor fathers, I want all the men of our Church to reflect upon what legacy we are creating and leaving behind in our lives. Read more »

The Dangers and Values of Extremism
June 14, 2020
Extremism from the right and from the left are the work of evil, the work of the devil to divide us from one another. There’s only one form of extremism that is ever acceptable as a Christian, and that is the extremism of love! If you want to be an extremist, be an extremist in showing love to one another, especially to those who appear different then you. If you want to be an extremist, be an extremist in offering mercy, especially to those who you think don’t deserve mercy. If you want to be an extremist, be an extremist in forgiving one another and reconciling with one another, especially with those who come from the opposite political spectrum as yourself. Read more »

THE SPIRIT THAT HEALS DIVISION AND UNITES WHAT IS BROKEN
June 07, 2020
Our country is so bitterly divided. We all face the common danger of a pandemic. This past week we have been confronted with the greater and more insidious virus of racism and hatred, whose historic wounds have once again reopened. Our protests for justice and change have been met by chaos and confusion. And through it all, we choose to remain divided. Bitterly divided. Read more »

Fighting the Evils of Racism
May 31, 2020
Throughout our country, we see mayhem. Protests filled with anger, cities burning, and utter chaos. After two months of quarantine from a pandemic, we now confront the even greater threat and evil in our society with the terrible virus of racism raising its ugly head once again. Read more »

Suffering as an Opportunity to Glorify God
May 24, 2020
Today we get a glimpse into understanding the mystery of suffering.  We look at the questions, “Why do people suffer?  Why does a good God allow pain and problems in the world?" Read more »

Living Water that Refreshes, Cleanses, and Gives Eternal Life
May 17, 2020
Here is the promise Jesus offered to the broken, marginalized, sinful Samaritan Woman, and it is the same promise He makes to each one of us. “Come to me and drink from my Living Water, come and drink daily and I will give you water the refreshes your soul, that cleanses your spirit, and that gives you an abundant life.” Read more »

Honoring Our Mothers
May 10, 2020
If one phrase summarizes many mothers, it would be “sacrificial love.” She is the one who is always ready to give of her time and her very self, and often she gives in quiet, humble ways. She is the one who will get up early and be the last one to sleep making sure that everything is in order. Read more »

The Resurrection of Christ Changed the World
May 03, 2020
Christ is Risen! And with His Resurrection, Christ changed the world! That’s a bold statement, and yet when one studies world history and understands the impact of Christians throughout the centuries, there’s no denying the influence of Christianity on a global scale. Read more »

My Lord and My God
April 26, 2020
“My Lord and my God.” What does this statement imply when we say it with faith. Read more »

God is in Control - A Paschal Message
April 17, 2020
In this Mystery of Life, even if we don’t fully understand it, we can know one thing for sure – God is in control. Read more »

How Will We Welcome Christ?
April 12, 2020
How will we welcome Christ in our lives? That is the question we want to reflect upon today! Read more »

True Greatness: Sacrificial Love and Selfless Service to Others
April 03, 2020
What is greatness? And how do we define greatness, or more importantly achieve greatness? In NY City today, ground zero for the pandemic in America, it is so clear that true greatness can be measured by the heroic and sacrificial service of the nurses and doctors and frontline medical workers risking their lives to help others during this crisis! Read more »

What Good Can Come Out Of This Crisis
March 30, 2020
I sent out an email to our Church Family and within 24 hours, we received $1650 and 12 baskets, with others willing to give more if there is a need! Imagine that! Read more »

The Lord Tests the Heart
March 22, 2020
“The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.” As we get tested by the crucible we all face today in the coronavirus, let us take an honest look at ourselves and repent, turning away from all that we have embraced that is superficial and meaningless, and turning toward the Way of the Cross, the Path of Sacrificial Love which leads us to Holy Wisdom. Read more »

Coronavirus, Fear, and the Rock of Faith
March 15, 2020
The Coronavirus. A pandemic. Whole cities being quarantined. Travel interrupted. Schools closing. Stadiums and large gatherings forbidden. Financial markets plummeting. Fear and the danger of mass panic and even hysteria. It almost sounds like a horror movie, and yet we all realize we’re facing this reality right now. Read more »

What is Truth
March 07, 2020
We live in a relativistic society where we no longer value truth. The internet and airwaves are filled with “fake news” and we don’t know where to turn to find what is really true. Read more »

How Hard It Is to Forgive - Yet We Have to Forgive
March 01, 2020
“If you forgive, it means that God has forgiven you; but if you do not forgive your brother, it means that your sin remains with you.” (St Silouan) Read more »

Seeing the Beauty in Others - The Prodigal Son
February 16, 2020
Unless we look at a person and see the beauty there is in this person, we can contribute nothing to him. One does not help a person by discerning what is wrong, what is ugly, what is distorted. Christ looked at everyone he met and saw the beauty hidden there. Read more »

The Danger of Judging Others
February 09, 2020
How many of us think we’re better than some others? Honestly, how many of us have judged someone else, thinking that we’re not like them because we’re better? We condemn others, while we praise ourselves before God! Read more »

Waiting for the Lord
February 02, 2020
We celebrate in the Church today one of the great Feasts of the Church calendar – the feast when the Virgin Mary and Joseph bring the 40-day old infant Jesus into the Temple of Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. The parents of Jesus obey the Jewish law by doing what all faithful Jewish parents would do, offering their firstborn child to God and dedicating Him in the Temple of Jerusalem. Read more »

Stories of the Good and Faithful Steward Challenge
January 26, 2020
The Worcester Telegram and Gazette wrote about our Church, “When it comes to the adage ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive,’ Saints Constantine and Helen Church practices what it preaches.” We put into practice the JOY OF GIVING! We have learned the understanding that WE ARE BLESSED SO THAT WE BLESS OTHERS, so that we share our blessings with others less fortunate! This is the spirit of our Church and we want to cultivate this in all our members. Read more »

Cultivating a Spirit of Gratitude
January 19, 2020
Think of someone who is very special in your life. A spouse. A parent. A child. A friend. Now say a little prayer of thanksgiving to God, say it quietly in your heart. Read more »

The Kingdom of God is at Hand
January 12, 2020
The kingdom of God is at hand! In other words, the kingdom of God is present, here and now! It is not some far off reality we must wait for. Heaven is not some future dream. The kingdom of God, the reign of God, is something we can experience here and now! Read more »

The Light of Epiphany
January 05, 2020
In the midst of this world’s darkness, we Christians hear Jesus Christ proclaim loudly and boldly, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Read more »

Beginning a New Year of Change and Transformation
December 29, 2019
As we end the year 2019, and prepare to enter 2020, we should turn our attention to CHANGE, to TRANSFORMATION, to NEW LIFE. Read more »

What Shall We Offer Christ
December 25, 2019
Christmas is often associated with gift-giving, and of course, the greatest gift during this holy season is the Gift that God offers to the world – the gift of God Himself! Read more »

Saying YES to the Heavenly Feast
December 22, 2019
Isn’t that what the Church is all about? Celebrating life and seeing the good in all people! Lifting up those who are broken and in despair and showing them a path of healing! Read more »

Attitude of Gratitude
December 01, 2019
How beautiful it is to live with an attitude of gratitude. If we can maintain such a spirit, it transforms our whole perspective on life. We won’t focus on what we don’t have, or on what others have. Instead, we thank God for each and every blessing, and strive to help those who don’t have what we have! Read more »

Noticing the Poor All Around Us
November 01, 2019
I remember a story that Mother Teresa once told about a very poor family with six children who had nothing to eat. In fact, this family hadn’t eaten for several days. So Mother Teresa went to visit their home, and brought a big sack of rice. Read more »

Hear the Word of God and Bear Fruit
October 13, 2019
Good news that offers love and joy. Good news that fills us with strength and hope. Good news that overcomes all darkness and even death itself. Good news that ushers in the kingdom and reign of God. Good news that renews our lives. Read more »

Compassion - The Sign of a Follower of Jesus Christ
October 06, 2019
What is a clear sign of someone who is a disciple of Jesus Christ? What virtues should stand out abundantly clear for a follower of the Lord, and what should distinguish the vision and mission of Christ’s Church? Read more »

Our Greatest and Most Challenging Call - To Love Our Enemies
September 29, 2019
What marks a true follower of Christ is precisely the fact that we are so filled with HIS SPIRIT OF LOVE and MERCY and KINDNESS that we can love even our enemies, do good even to those who don’t treat us well, bless those who curse us, and give to others, without expecting anything in return! Read more »

Our God of Surprises
September 22, 2019
Surprises!!! How many of us like surprises?!? Of course, it probably depends on whether it’s a good surprise or a bad surprise! Yet, surprises can be exciting. Today, I want to focus on realizing that our God is a God of surprises. Read more »

Do We Want Christ To Live In Us?
September 15, 2019
How many of us truly want Jesus Christ to live in us, to know that God is always with us, dwelling in us? Shouldn’t that be the goal of our Christian lives? Isn’t that the Good News we try to proclaim week after week – that God wants to live in each one of us, and He wants us to live in Him?!? Read more »

God of Love and God of Hope
September 08, 2019
LOVE and HOPE are two of the greatest virtues of our Christian faith. They are the central part of the Good News we proclaim and today, we clearly hear this message through the Gospel Reading and in the Liturgical feast we celebrate. Last Sunday we began the new ecclesiastical year on September 1st, and right from the beginning of the new church year we hear how God loves each one of us, and we celebrate a feast that fills us with hope. Read more »

Respecting God's Creation
September 01, 2019
How many people have ever been somewhere out in nature and felt the presence of God? Maybe it was through watching an incredible sunrise or sunset. Maybe it was looking upon a majestic mountain or lake. It can come through a summer breeze as you stare out into the endless ocean. Some people will tell me how they feel more connected with God in the beauty of nature than in any formal church setting. Read more »

Divine Faith that Moves Mountains
August 25, 2019
Mount Everest, I want you to know that we are going to conquer you, for you can’t grow any bigger, but we can! Read more »

Keeping Our Eyes on Christ
August 18, 2019
What happens when an eagle, flying in the sky, meets a storm? Well, the eagle does not try to fly away from the storm. Instead, as the storm sweeps in, the eagle sets his wings at the proper angle so that the winds will lift him above the storm. Read more »

Making the Impossible Possible
August 11, 2019
“We often sin when we allow our spiritual lives to be guided by what we consider normal, by calculating our lives by worldly forces, forgetting that the Christian path is controlled by supernatural, and therefore inexhaustible forces.” Read more »

Building Up Our Neighbor
August 04, 2019
We woke up this morning to the horrific news that there was once again shocking mass shootings in the past 24 hours in our country Read more »

Your Sins Are Forgiven You
July 28, 2019
How many people have a past sin that still haunts them? How about some hidden secret that you want no one to know about? Is there anything from your past that you are not proud of, or which lays heavy on your heart? Read more »

Casting Out the Demons in our Lives
July 21, 2019
How many of us believe in demons? In demonic possession? In the dark side that can attack and control a person? Read more »

Let Your Light Shine Before Others
July 14, 2019
“The criminal in your community may be less guilty for his crime than you, his Christian neighbor,” the great Russian writer Dostoievski wrote in his book The Brothers Karamazov. Read more »

Lay Aside All Worries and Cares
July 07, 2019
Why worry about anything? Instead, seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all your worries will be taken care of by Your Father in Heaven! Read more »

Fools for Christ
June 30, 2019
Who wants to be considered a fool? Anyone? Foolishness is not a virtue that we admire, or strive to attain, and yet, today as we celebrate the Holy Apostles, the first followers of Jesus Christ, and a day after we honored the Apostles Peter and Paul, the foremost leaders of the Apostles, we hear in St. Paul’s Epistle about the “foolishness” of the first Christians. Read more »

Called to Be Saints
June 23, 2019
Sainthood is not reserved for only a few people!  Sainthood should be the normal growth of every Christian’s life in our journey toward the Holy Trinity. The good news is that God expects us all to become living saints, and He has created each of us in His image and likeness, giving us the potential to reach this goal! Read more »

Sharing the Story - Pentecost Sunday
June 16, 2019

Living as Christians in our Post-Christian Society
June 10, 2019
What do Springfield, MA, Providence RI, Burlington VT, Portland ME, and Boston MA have in common? According to the Barna Research, these five cities top a list of 100 cities and their surrounding regions as the most Post-Christian cities in the United States. Read more »

I am the Light of the World
June 03, 2019
Jesus sees a man blind from birth and tells his followers, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Read more »

What Legacy Will We Leave Behind?
May 27, 2019
On this Memorial Day weekend, let’s take a moment to soberly and seriously reflect on our legacy, the legacy that we are creating now and which we will leave behind when others remember us long after our death. Read more »

Post-Resurrectional Words of Christ
May 05, 2019
When one is dying, typically the final words of a dying person are among the most cherished. They often will give you a unique perspective into what the dying person values, and what he most wants to pass on as his/her legacy. Read more »

Life is a Mystery - A Paschal Mystery
April 28, 2019
Life is a mystery. It is a mysterious journey of joys and pains, of love and of suffering. It’s so easy to look around and see how beautiful life is, and yet how unfair life is as well. Read more »

Humbly Serving One Another
April 14, 2019
Too often in society, those who hold a certain position, or those who have power, typically expect others to wait on them, and to serve them. Living under the reign of Christ, however, has a different perspective on success. Read more »

Abortion and the Sanctity of Life
April 07, 2019
I rarely preach politics from the pulpit. I realize in our congregation we have Democrats and Republican; we have those who may be more conservative and others more liberal. Read more »

Our Sufferings Can Glorify God
March 31, 2019
Death, suffering, and the challenges of our life may be transformed by God to Glory and wonder. Read more »

The Three-Fold Call of the Annunciation
March 24, 2019
Think a moment about the Virgin Mary’s threefold response to the Archangel Gabriel: Let it be to me according to Your will. My soul magnifies the Lord. My spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Read more »

The Triumph of Truth and the New Zealand Tragedy
March 17, 2019
The unequivocal truth of God is that God is Love. He loves all people unconditionally. God loves Christians AND Muslims. He loves believers AND atheists. God loves those who have grown up in this country AND He loves immigrants, whether legal or illegal. God loves even white supremacists, even though their actions are utterly against His ways. He longs for such lost, dark souls to find the light and turn away from the hell they are living in. Read more »

Don't Accept the Grace of God in Vain
February 04, 2019
“Don’t accept the grace of God in vain.” St. Paul warns the first Christians in Corinth about this in today’s epistle reading. What does that mean? How can one accept the grace of God in vain? Read more »

Distractions
January 21, 2019
A strange illness has appeared in our days – the passion for distractions. Never before was there such a desire for distractions; people have forgotten how to lead a serious life for the good of others; they have no spiritual life and are bored. They exchange the profound content of a spiritual life for distractions! What madness! We must re-introduce into life its lost meaning and give back to the people the knowledge of the true purpose of life. Read more »

Becoming Instruments of Light in the Darkness
January 07, 2019
Light versus darkness. Hope versus despair. Goodness versus evil. Love versus hatred. Life versus death. This stark comparison highlights the Good News that Jesus brings into the world. Here lies the center of the Christian Gospel. Read more »

Four Pillars for a Meaningful Life
December 30, 2018
A meaningful life is ultimately more fulfilling than a happy life. In fact, “chasing happiness [or success] often makes people more unhappy.” So, life shouldn’t be about seeking out happiness, Instead, when we strive to make life meaningful, in the end, we may discover happiness! Here are her four pillars to a meaningful life: Belonging, Purpose, Transcendence, Story Telling. Read more »

Bread in the Kingdom of God
December 16, 2018
Can you imagine being chosen, being invited, being treated like a VIP in the Kingdom of God? Breaking bread with our Lord Jesus Christ, at a table with all the saints, and having the angelic powers all around us singing praises to God? That would be quite an honor and experience!!! Read more »

Be Strong in the Lord
December 02, 2018
Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Read more »

Loneliness vs Community: The Gift of the Church
November 25, 2018
America is suffering an epidemic of loneliness... Nearly half of Americans say they sometimes or always feel “left out” or alone. And 13% say that ZERO people know them well! What a sad state of our contemporary society today! Read more »

When Has Night Ended and Day Begun
November 11, 2018
You know that the night has ended and the day has begun when you are able to look into the eyes of any and every human being and see them not as a stranger, but as your brother and your sister. Read more »

Reflections and Inspiration from Uganda
November 04, 2018
What a special trip to Uganda I returned from last week! I lived in Kenya back in 1988 but I haven’t been back in 25 years. So, it was very special to go there again with my daughter Theodora and get her set up for a two month mission as a part of her GAP Year of Service. Read more »

Casting Out Darkness and Putting on Christ
October 21, 2018
In our modern world, how do we understand such demons? Is the devil real? Does “the devil walk about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour,” as St. Peter says in his first epistle? (1 Peter 5:7) Read more »

The Compassion of Christ
October 07, 2018
How many of us are deeply disturbed and greatly saddened by the political circus of our supreme court judicial process which we have watched these past weeks. Read more »

No Greater Love Than This
September 30, 2018
On January 13, 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 smashed nose-first into the rock-solid ice covering the Potomac River just outside Washington, D.C. To horrified onlookers, it seemed impossible that anyone could be alive inside the mangled steel carcass slowly vanishing into the water. But one by one, six survivors gasped to the surface and grabbed desperately at the tail of the plane. Read more »

What Does God Expect From Us
September 23, 2018
What is Jesus Christ looking for in a follower? Does he or she have to be someone smart? Someone famous? Someone with many talents? Someone who has connections? Someone who is already holy? What is Christ looking for in his followers? Read more »

Building Relationships and Homes
September 16, 2018
Olivia Neslusan and Theodora Veronis offer a sermon on “Building Relationships and Homes.” Both of these young women spent three months at Project Mexico, serving as two of the 19 interns who oversaw 675 volunteers while building 27 homes. Of course, they built much more than homes!!! Read more »

God Doesn't Want to Condemn But Wants to Love
September 09, 2018
God doesn’t want to condemn, He wants to love! He’s not looking to punish us. He’s not sick and tired of us. We need to understand God for who He is and what He really wants from us. And that is, He is love and wants to love us! Read more »

Excuses - Priorities - the Kingdom of God
September 02, 2018
Excuses. We all make them. Excuses why we don’t work out and exercise more. Excuses why we don’t eat better and in a healthier way. Excuses why we don’t stop certain bad habits.Why do we make up excuses? Read more »

Living Out the Mission of the Church
August 26, 2018
If anyone ever asks you, “Why do you go to Church?” or “What do you do at Church?” how would you answer? Read more »

How Often Do We Forgive?
August 12, 2018
How often do I have to forgive someone who hurts me? That’s a pretty common thought all of us have had at one time or another. And when we look for answers, we can get all kinds of responses. Read more »

Transformational Change
August 05, 2018
How can one live a life filled with joy even in the midst of tremendous challenges, dangers, and difficulties? Well, I want to encourage all of you to read the four chapters of St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians and discover this extremely important lesson on how to live a life of joy in this world. Read more »

Sharing Love and Building Hope in Mexico
July 29, 2018
“My heart and soul have been replenished by the unbelievable scenes of jubilation from David and Celena, the Mexican family for whom we built a modest, yet sturdy home this past week. It was such a delight to hand over the keys to a structure that was built for them through the hands of many loving volunteers.” Read more »

Let Our Light Influence Others
July 08, 2018
“The criminal in your community may be less guilty for his crime than you, his Christian neighbor!” Read more »

Using God's Gifts To Their Fullest
July 01, 2018
We all have gifts that God has given each one of us, St. Paul says, let us use them! Think about the gifts you have been given by God in your life, and then think about how you are using these gifts to glorify God and His Church. Are you using your gifts and talents to glorify God?!? Read more »

Righteous Before God
June 24, 2018
Think for a moment about how you would want to be seen by God. If today you came face to face with our Lord, how would you want God to describe your life? Read more »

What Do I Want To Pass On to My Children
June 17, 2018
What do I hope my children will remember about me when they think of their father? Read more »

Graduation Sunday - Missions Sunday - Discipleship Sunday
June 10, 2018
Graduation Sunday is related to Missions Sunday and a reminder of what we call Discipleship Sunday. Read more »

All Saints Day
June 03, 2018
Throughout the New Testament, the early Christians use to call every believer a saint. Why? Because it was a reminder that every baptized believer is suppose to live a holy life. Read more »

We Need To Do More Than Just Pray
May 20, 2018
The “unthinkable has happened” was how one government official responded to the latest school shooting in Sante Fe, Texas this past week. And yet, is it really “unthinkable?” Unfortunately, as a parent of four school age children, we realize that these horrific, mass killings are NOT so unthinkable anymore. Read more »

The Angelic Presence of Mothers
May 13, 2018
The angelic presence and influence of a sincere, Christian mother! Maybe no influence on earth can impact a child in the same way! The writer Emerson once said 'People are what their mothers make them.' Read more »

Journeying Together With Our Children
May 06, 2018
As we celebrate Godparents and Grandparents Sunday, we need to highlight the extremely crucial role that godparents and grandparents can play in the village that is looking out for our children. Read more »

The Resurrection - Truth or Fairy Tale?
April 08, 2018
The Muslim mother was extremely touched by the life of Christ, especially when Jesus resurrected from the death, and asked her son, “Is that really true? Did Jesus actually rise from the dead?” But before my student could give an answer, his atheistic father sarcastically laughed, “That’s all a fairy tale, a myth. Simply a story for children to believe. Who has ever heard of someone rising from the dead? Ridiculous!” Read more »

The Power of Hope
April 01, 2018
The power of hope. Even in the worst situation, when people struggle under the most extreme situations where they face the darkness and evil of life, we humans hold on to hope. That is a lifeline to those who suffer, hoping that a better day awaits them! Read more »

Humble Obedience - Not a Popular Notion
March 25, 2018
Obedience. Not a very popular notion for many people. How many of us like to obey others? Read more »

Struggling to Stay on the Faithful Path
March 18, 2018
When we look around at the world every day, think about the craziness of our society, and realize how many people have turned away from God and His ways, what do we think? Many people are even wondering whether we are living in the end times? Read more »

The Power of the Cross
March 11, 2018
The Cross is not a burden to be carried and endured, but a source of power and strength to give us hope and to guide us in how to live our lives! Read more »

Christ the Healer
March 04, 2018
We are all broken in some ways. We are all sick. We are all in need of help from a healer. Read more »

The Universe is My Parish
February 25, 2018
My parish is my universe? Or The universe is my parish? Read more »

Preparing for Lent and Forgiveness Sunday
February 18, 2018
We cannot journey closer towards God if we are not ready to forgive one another. Lent is a time of reconciling with those from whom we have distanced ourselves. A first concrete step we should take in our Lenten journey is a step towards anyone for whom we have anger, or bitterness or hatred. Read more »

The Danger of Trusting In Oneself
January 28, 2018
"More blessed is the person who has sinned and knows he has sinned and repents, then the person who has not sinned and thinks himself righteous." Read more »

What Do We Seek After?
January 21, 2018
What do we seek after in life? Well, if we look at how we spend our time, we can get an idea of what we seek after. Read more »

Extremist of Love and Justice
January 14, 2018
Extremism seems to be on the rise in America, and this can come in many dangerous forms. Right-wing extremism, as well as left-wing extremism. Religious extremism along with atheist extremism. How many of us would like to be labeled an extremist? Read more »

The Promise of Change
January 07, 2018
The Good News of Jesus Christ is all about CHANGE. POSITIVE CHANGE. RENEWING CHANGE, LIFE-TRANSFORMING CHANGE! Read more »

Good News of Great Joy
December 25, 2017

God's New Name for Us
December 24, 2017
Names are important. They identify who we are, where we came from, whose family we are a part of. Maybe that is why Matthew begins His Gospel with a genealogy, a list of 42 names, which we read today as the beginning of the Christmas story. Read more »

Religious Spirit and Secular Spirit of Christmas
December 10, 2017
The secular Christmas Spirit and the religious Christmas Spirit. Two different ways of approaching Christmas, and yet maybe both have something to help us prepare for this great feast of the Church. Read more »

A Theology of Interruptions
October 29, 2017
Interruptions can be quite inconvenient and annoying, and yet, Jesus offers an important lesson on dealing with interruptions. Read more »

What Is Your Name?
October 22, 2017
“What is your name and who are you?” Let us all admit that our names also may also be “legion,” but with God’s help, we all can discover the special name He gave each of us at our creation. And this holy name is written in the Book of Life, awaiting us to claim it! Read more »

How Open Are We To See God?
October 15, 2017
How many of us can say we have ever seen God? Or could any say we have encountered God’s presence in some special way in our lives? Read more »

Competition vs Compassion
October 08, 2017
Competition v Compassion. Where do we stand when we see others? From a young age, our society cultivates and instills in us the spirit of competition. I want to do better than others. Why do they have more than me? How can I win! Our American, individualistic spirit pushes us inward toward our ego. Me against the world. The spirit of competition! Read more »

Christ's Call to Unite That Which is Divided
October 01, 2017
Our country is divided, and becoming more divided with each passing day. Whether it’s our politics, the latest debate of the NFL and the American flag, the proposed tax cuts or health care or simply different opinions on social issues or particular beliefs, we are a nation divided. Read more »

How Many Times Do We Forgive Others
August 20, 2017
Who finds it easy to forgive someone who has really hurt you? For some forgiveness comes a little easier than for others, but for most of us, we reach a certain limit in forgiveness. Read more »

The Power of Hate vs The Power of Love
August 13, 2017
It’s unbelievable what happened yesterday in Virginia. White nationalists gathering with neo-Nazis chanting slogans against Jews, blacks, and anyone else different from themselves. This is not Nazi Germany in the 1930s. This is not 1960 in the deep south. This is not 1980 South African apartheid. This is the United States in 2017. Read more »

The Mountain Top Experience
August 06, 2017
These past weeks I took part in two special events that offered a spiritual “mountain top” experience during the summer. Last week I talked about our week in Mexico building a home for a needy family. This past week, I attended the last week of the Metropolis of Boston’s summer camp program for our youth. Mountain Top Experiences! Read more »

Radical Christians
July 30, 2017
Today’s heretical Christianity is a comfortable, easy Christianity. Go to church, follow some commandments, wear a cross and have a few icons, maybe even go to Project Mexico once or twice, but DON”T ALLOW CHRIST TO CHANGE OUR LIVES. Too many follow the wide and easy path, which leads to destruction, and ignore the narrow and difficult path which Christ tells us leads into the kingdom of heaven. Radical Christianity is not easy, but it is the Christianity of the saints. Read more »

What If They Don't Tell the Story
June 25, 2017
Our Lord is counting on us! To tell His story. To share His love. To offer a witness of the transforming power that comes through believing and following Jesus Christ. Read more »

BC and AD - All Saints Day
June 11, 2017
We could say that for many saints, and for many of us, there comes a clear distinction between B.C. and A.D. – a time “Before Christ” and a time “Anno Domini - In the year of our Lord.” Read more »

Pentecost - A New Beginning
June 04, 2017
One mission is completed. Another one begins! Read more »

Submitting to God
May 21, 2017
Imagine being the most powerful person in the world. Now, imagine being the most powerful AND the wealthiest person in the world. Power and wealth – something people dream of, and yet, two of the most dangerous temptations for anyone who wants to live a life in Jesus Christ. Read more »

It Takes a Village
May 07, 2017
“It takes a village to raise a child” is an old African proverb that has been used by others in more recent times to emphasize how a child has the best chance to fulfill his/her potential when the entire community around the child gets involved. Read more »

Our Journey of Faith
April 23, 2017
We are all on a journey of faith. Whenever I meet someone, I never think of them in a static place of either black or white – as a believer or non-believer, as a Christian or non-Christian, as an atheist or anything else. Instead I see each person somewhere on a dynamic journey of faith. Read more »

The Glory of the Cross
March 19, 2017
Here lies the great paradox of our Christian Faith. New life comes from dying in Christ. Abundant life comes from self-denial and sacrifice. The greatest meaning of life comes from learning to serve the other, sacrifice for the other, even die for the other. Read more »

Your Sins Are Forgiven
March 12, 2017
“My son, your sins are forgiven.” Why would Jesus say to a man who can’t walk ‘Your sins are forgiven you?’ Read more »

Forgiveness and the Beginning of Lent
February 26, 2017
Love, mercy and forgiveness. We must open up our hearts to receive these virtues and cultivate their spirit within our lives. As a reminder of this necessity, the Church has established the Sunday before Great Lent begins as the Sunday of Forgiveness. The Church is basically saying to us, “We cannot begin our journey towards Easter, the greatest celebration in the year, if we do not have forgiveness in our hearts. Read more »

Praying for the Dead
February 18, 2017
At no matter what age of life we die, we always see death as a distortion of our existence. Death portrays a horrible tragedy because it is the fruit of evil in the world. We were not created to die. Read more »

Being With the Father but Not Becoming Like the Father
February 12, 2017
The older son, and it’s probably the older son who represents many of us in the Church, can’t comprehend his Father’s unconditional love and mercy, his infinite forgiveness and kindness. And because of his inability to understand, the older son chooses to stand outside the feast, angry, jealousy, and self-righteous. Read more »

Learning To Pray
February 05, 2017
“Teach me to pray.” It seems like a simple request, since everyone says they pray. And yet, the disciples of our Lord knew that prayer wasn’t so easy. Read more »

What is Our Identity?
January 22, 2017

Light vs Darkness
January 08, 2017
Light verses Darkness. Many movies take up the theme of Good vs. Evil and they portray this battle as Light vs. Darkness. Well, this is also a very common theme we see in Holy Scriptures Read more »

Not Me Before You
January 01, 2017
Me Before You. It’s an interesting title of a movie that Pres. Faith and I watched the other day. Me Before You. When I saw that title, I wondered what that meant? What would the movie be about – Me Before You. It sounds quite self-centered. Read more »

The Divine Light Shining in a Dark World
December 25, 2016
Let’s be careful not to turn Christmas into a sentimental holiday where everything looks beautiful and false promises are made. Instead, proclaim Christmas for what it is - a radical announcement of hope in the midst of ongoing darkness. Read more »

The Meaning of Christmas
December 04, 2016
What is Christmas all about? If you didn’t grow up in a Christian home, come to this Church, or have parents who read you the Christmas story each year, would you know what Christmas was about all? Think about that for a moment. Would you be able to figure out what Christmas is about from what our society says during this festive season? Read more »

Worldly Success vs Godly Success
November 20, 2016
Dr. Campolo went to the podium, looking out at his audience and simply said, “How dare we ask God to give resources that He has already given us for just such a purpose!” Read more »

Acting as Good Samaritans in our Post-Election Country
November 13, 2016
I know I step in risky territory when I begin talking politics. Unfortunately, the statistics of our country which they show how politics override one’s faith seem too true. As soon as we begin talking politics, we don’t allow ourselves to listen to the “other.” Yet, I take this risk today because I think the Good Samaritan has a message relevant for our political times. Read more »

Cultivating our Hearts
October 16, 2016
Jesus says, “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me.” (Rev 3:20) Our Lord Jesus passionately longs to enter the heart and life of each and every person in the world, and to change their lives for the better, yet He loves us so much that He respects our freedom to ignore His love and to close our hearts to His Spirit! Read more »

Facing Death
October 09, 2016
If we are waiting for our Lord to come, and if we are waiting for the possibility of death itself each day, how differently we would live our lives! Read more »

Christ Lives In Me
September 18, 2016

Festival Sunday
September 11, 2016

Our Call to Forgive
September 04, 2016

Receiving Holy Communion
August 28, 2016

The Olympics and our Christian Journey
August 21, 2016
Kindness, encouragement, and helping others. What great virtues to see and learn from the Olympics. And of course, there are so many other great lessons we can discover for our own journey in the Christian life from the Olympics. Read more »

Hope Patience and Prayer
August 07, 2016
Rejoice in hope; be patient in tribulation; continue steadfast in prayer. Read more »

Reflections on Project Mexico
July 24, 2016
This was one of the greatest experiences in my life. When I saw the face of Victor crying when he received the keys to his new house, I felt so good.. I don’t think I will be more happy when I get my own house one day Read more »

Racism and Jesus Christ
July 17, 2016
This past week, terrible images of racism are on the minds of everyone. Daily we see other biased images and horrible caricatures of people based on their religion, their political views, or some other perspective. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have to seriously pause and re-evaluate our own worldview. Read more »

Freedom in Christ
July 03, 2016
The Statue of Liberty has always been a symbol of hope for millions and millions of immigrants who have come to this country, often fleeing poverty, oppression and the harsh realities of their homeland. Read more »

All Saints Sunday
June 26, 2016
Anestis Jordanoglou offers a sermon on All Saints Sunday. Read more »

Jen Rice - New Missionary to the Mayan Indians
June 05, 2016
Jen Rice, a recent Holy Cross graduate, is now preparing for long-term service as an OCMC missionary to Guatemala among the Mayan Indians. Hear why!!! Read more »

The Great and Holy Council
May 29, 2016
“The Great Council is not a new ecumenical council that needs to resolve every menacing problem. Our Council is something else. What we are telling people with our Council is: “In a troubled world, we do not remain silent; at a dark time, we have a word of hope and light.”” Read more »

Do You Want To Be Healed
May 22, 2016
Whenever we pray to God and turn to Christ for something – whether healing, or help in a tough situation, or a way to resolve a problem, or for wisdom and discernment in our life – whenever we turn to God for help we have to be prepared to change our lives. Our prayer shouldn’t be to simply get a free handout. Our prayer should put us in communion with God and help us better understand His will for us in our lives Read more »

The Myrrhbearing Women
May 15, 2016
Jesus chose to first appear to such “lowly” women and he entrusted to them the privilege to go and share the good news of the resurrection with others. In other words, these women became apostles to the chosen apostles. Read more »

Life Over Death
May 01, 2016
Christ’s resurrection is all about life over death, about light over darkness, about goodness over evil, about joy over sorrow, about new beginnings over dead ends. Jesus confronted all forms of darkness and evil – betrayal, denial, rejection, ridicule, persecution, torture, and even unjust and cruel death. He confronted each form of evil by not giving in to it; he didn’t allow the evil to lead Him to respond in an evil way. Instead, he responded to every form of evil with divine love. Read more »

Increasing Our Faith
April 10, 2016
“O Faithless generation. How long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you?” Imagine hearing those words from Christ! What would we think if Jesus called us a “Faithless generation,” and if he threatened us with the words, “How long shall I put up with you?!?” Read more »

Deny Self So We Can Fill Self
April 03, 2016
“No one can really embrace the Christian asceticism mapped out in the New Testament unless he has some idea of the positive, constructive function of self-denial. (Thomas Merton) Read more »

Seeing God in the Poor - A Story from Africa by Fr. Themi Adamopoulo
March 20, 2016
Fr Themi Adamopoulo, the former atheist, Marxist rock-n-roller who became not only an Orthodox priest, but a missionary serving the poorest of the poor in Sierra Leone, offers powerful words today. Read more »

Beginning our Lenten Journey
March 13, 2016
Are any of you making plans yet for your summer vacation? Well, tomorrow we begin the most exciting journey of the year! Read more »

Godparents and Grandparents Are Part of the Team
February 21, 2016
I’ve enjoyed watching my son play basketball for his high school team over this past season. The team has some very good players, yet one thing they’ve learned over the season is that no matter how many good individual players they have, if they don’t play well as a team, they won’t achieve their goal of winning districts. Read more »

A Teaching Divine Liturgy
February 07, 2016
When Prince Vladimir’s emissaries visited the Church of Holy Wisdom in Constantinople, back in the 10th century, and attended a worship service, they explained to their leader: “We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth. One thing we understood, that God was in our midst!” Well, what we do every Sunday when we gather to worship our Creator through the Divine Liturgy is we encounter the living God. Read more »

Against the World
January 17, 2016
How many of you bought tickets for the Powerball over these past weeks? How many dreamed how winning $1.5 billion would change your life in the most beautiful way? Read more »

Good news of Great Joy for Challenging Times
December 25, 2015
That’s what Christmas is all about – Good News of comfort and joy! No matter what’s happening in the world, and no matter how much it seems like darkness and evil may be all around us, WE’RE REMINDED NOT TO BE AFRAID! There may be terrorism, random shootings, and what feels like uncontrollable events all around us, but we don’t need to live in fear. Read more »

Passing on the Torch - 35 Years from Now: Time Capsule Sunday
November 15, 2015
So what is my message to this Church in the year AD 2050? What word do I want to offer to the future priest, to the future parishioners of this Church Family 35 years from now? Read more »

Giving Your Life for Another
November 08, 2015
President Harry Truman was the object of an assassination attempt in which two secret service agents were killed while protecting him. In recounting the experience of that terrible day, the President said, “You can’t imagine how a man feels when someone else dies for him.” Read more »

What is Your Name?
October 25, 2015
”Who are you? and What is your name?” The name of every individual is very important to the identity of who someone is. Read more »

Serving as a Priest
October 18, 2015
On the 21st anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood, I thought I’d offer some thoughts on serving as a priest. Read more »

Orthodox Church of Indonesia
October 04, 2015
Fr. Lazarus Bambang Sucanto talks about the Orthodox Church of Indonesia Read more »

Migrants, Refugees and Jesus Christ
September 13, 2015
The danger of calling someone a migrant is that the label itself can dehumanize a person; labels can desensitize us into transforming a child of God into something other than ourselves. We no longer look at a Syrian father who is simply trying to save his family as someone like ourselves. Read more »

Rejecting the Invitation
September 06, 2015
Imagine what would happen if next Saturday, nobody showed up to our Festival?!? What would happen if those we expected to come didn’t show up? How would we feel? What would we think? Read more »

Stewards of God's Creation
August 30, 2015
Tending to and caring for this creation is not a political whim or a social fashion. It is a divine commandment; it is a religious obligation. It is no less than the will of God that we leave as light a footprint on our environment. Read more »

The Power to Forgive
August 16, 2015

You are the Light of the World
July 19, 2015

Freedom in Christ
July 05, 2015
“It is not freedom when we say everything is permitted. This is slavery.” Read more »

Cultivating a Noble Spirit
June 21, 2015
“You took something very precious away from me. I will never talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again. But I forgive you [the killer]. And have mercy on your soul.” Read more »

Co-Workers with God and Fishers of Men
June 14, 2015
The very first promise that Jesus made to his disciples and followers was that IF they would follow Him, He would show these fishermen how to “fish for people.” His first promise was not one of a an easy life but of something much more important. Read more »

The Incredible Life in the Early Church
April 26, 2015
People saw HOW the followers of Jesus lived, and WERE INSPIRED by what they saw. They witnessed an INCREDIBLY LOVING COMMUNITY OF FAITH and wanted to join them, even though it was dangerous to become one of them! Read more »

He Is Alive
April 12, 2015
There was a Muslim in Nigeria who converted to Christianity. When someone asked, “Why did you become a Christian?” he answered, “Well, it’s like this. Suppose you were going down a road and suddenly at the fork in the road there were two men, one dead and the other alive. Which one would you ask for directions on which way to go?" Read more »

Living Under the Reign of God - Palm Sunday
April 05, 2015
The people wanted a King, and Jesus was a King… but not quite the type they hoped for. Read more »

Your Sins Are Forgiven
March 08, 2015
How many people have a past sin that still haunts them? How about some hidden secret that you want no one to know about? Is there anything from your past that you are not proud of, or which lays heavy on your heart? Read more »

Seeing God in Others
February 15, 2015
God waits, and seeks for us to do little acts, but with great love! Small acts, but with extraordinary love. That is our call as Christians! Read more »

Desire for God
January 25, 2015
“It costs nothing to become a Christian, but once you become one, then it costs you everything!” Read more »

Extremists of Love
January 18, 2015
Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, and violence multiplies violence in a descending spiral of destruction… Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend… Read more »

The Blessing of the Waters
January 11, 2015
Why do we bless the waters? What is the meaning of blessing the waters? Read more »

Girls Like Us - Seeing God in Everyone
December 28, 2014
What images are conjured up in your mind when you think of someone who may be a prostitute? What if we talk about “teen or child prostitution?” In our over-sexed society, it’s incredible about how some people try to soften the images and perceptions we may have of prostitution by talking about “sex workers” or “erotic escorts and dancers.” Read more »

Discovering New Life - The Way of Zacchaeus
December 21, 2014
No matter how materially successful we become, no matter what high position we attain, no matter how famous we are or think we are, there comes a day of reckoning. And that time came for Zacchaeus! He came face to face with Christ, and the contrast between the two couldn’t have been more stark. Read more »

What Legacy Are We Leaving Behind?
December 14, 2014
Today on Godparents and Grandparents Sunday, I want each of us to reflect upon the legacy or inheritance we are leaving our children, grandchildren and godchildren. Don't think only how you will divide up your financial portfolio, but how will you pass on our Orthodox Christian faith! Read more »

The Eucumenical Patriarch and the Pope - Seeking Unity
December 07, 2014
Last Sunday, we witnessed a beautiful expression of this desire for unity when Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis came together to celebrate the feast of St. Andrew at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople/Istanbul. Read more »

Modern Day Apostle - Fr Themi Adamopoulo
November 30, 2014
Do we have modern day apostles? Who are those who leave their homelands to live in foreign cultures around the world, offering a witness of love and hope to those in need? Read more »

Being Rich Towards God
November 23, 2014
Being “Rich Towards God.” What does that mean? Are you, or am I, “Rich Towards God?” Read more »

Our Faith is All About Giving
November 16, 2014
Do you know that of all the themes that Jesus preached and taught about, he talked more about riches and treasures and money than he did about other such themes as prayer and fasting? You see, the topic of money, and specifically good stewardship of all we have, is a spiritual topic, because Christ understood well that where our treasure is, our heart will be also! Read more »

Passing on the Treasure of Faith
November 09, 2014
What does your Christian Faith, and the Orthodox Church herself, mean to you? Think about that for a moment? How would you value your faith and the Church? In other words, where do you place your relationship with Jesus Christ in your life? What have you received from Christ Himself, and how have you been blessed by His Church? Read more »

Noticing the Nobodies
November 02, 2014
Do we notice the “Other,” those who are different than ourselves? Or when we notice that they are different than us, how do we look upon them? How do we treat them? Read more »

20 Years of Service
October 19, 2014
Twenty years ago yesterday, on the feast of my patron Saint Luke the Evangelist, I was ordained to the priesthood in Tirana, Albania by His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios. Faith and I began our ministry in Albania, and served there for 10 and a half years. We are now approaching 10 years of service here in Webster. Read more »

Entering Into Our Lenten Journey
October 12, 2014
Lent is a season when the Church challenges us to live up to our Christian faith. That which we profess with our mouths on Sunday, we are asked to live out in our lives throughout the week – within our families, among our friends and even strangers, in the workplace, during our hobbies and entertainment, everywhere. Of course, we’re supposed to live out our faith each and every day throughout our lives, but we all realize how hard that is to do. And sometimes we need a special reason, a little “push,” an added incentive, to get us back on track in our spiritual journey. Read more »

The Miracles and Wonders of God - The Crying Icon of Taylor, PA
October 05, 2014
Our God is a God of wonders and miracles. He is not bound by the very laws of nature which He Himself has established. Sometimes in our contemporary, secular and materialistic world we try to insist that science and reason are the only source of truth. Yet we know that the Creator of all stands above all. The miracle of the Kardiotisa icon is just one small example of the unfathomable mysteries of life and of the Creator of Life, God Himself! Read more »

Just Live It
September 28, 2014
JUST LIVE IT! Just WALK It. Just TALK It. Just TEACH It. Just PRAY it. Just GIVE It. Just SHARE It. Just LOVE It. “Be Doers of the Word, and not just Hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Read more »

Humble Faith
September 21, 2014
When we ask God for something, how do we do it? Do we demand? Do we plead? Do we try to bargain? Or compromise? With what attitude do we typically approach God? Read more »

Growing in Faith
September 14, 2014
How strong is your faith? Have you thought about how your faith has changed over the years? Have you nourished it and has it grown over, say, the last 10 years, or has it weakened and withered and become more uncertain? Read more »

The Way of the Cross
September 07, 2014
One day 50 years ago, after suffering many years in the work camps of Siberia, Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, the famous Russian intellectual and dissident, had fallen into despair. Like other prisoners, he had worked in the fields day after day, in rain and sun, during summer and winter. His days were filled with backbreaking labor and slow starvation. On this particular day, the hopelessness of his situation became too much. Read more »

The Essential Question in Life
August 31, 2014
“What does it profit a person if he gains the entire world, and loses his own soul?” May we pause and reflect for a moment upon our own lives, and the direction and spirit in which we live our lives. We live in such a “here and now” society, one which too often focuses on our own egocentric desires and pleasures and one which tempts us to try and fulfill these passions immediately. So easily we can lose sight of life’s essential purpose. Read more »

Giving Thanks in All Circumstances
August 24, 2014
“To give thanks in all circumstances, you need to remember all the things in life for which we can be grateful, and then continuously thank God for them. I never focus on what I don’t have, or on how unfair life is, but I thank God for what I do have, and for the blessings He gives me each and every day. Such an attitude of gratitude radically changed my perspective on life.” Read more »

Calling Out the Beauty in Others
August 17, 2014
"Unless we look at a person and see the beauty there is in this person, we can contribute nothing to him. One does not help a person by discerning what is wrong, what is ugly, what is distorted. Christ looked at everyone he met, at the prostitute or the thief, and saw the beauty hidden there. Perhaps it was distorted, perhaps damaged, but it was beauty none the less, and what he did was to call out this beauty." Read more »

Hark the Herald Angels Sing - Becoming New Creations in Christ
August 10, 2014
Light and life to all He brings, Risen with healing in His wings… Born that man no more may die, born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth. Here is the “good news of great joy” which Christmas proclaims! Read more »

Be Transfigured
August 03, 2014
Why do we come to Church each week? What are we seeking from our Christian faith? Or maybe we need to ask, are we consciously and seriously seeking anything from our faith? Ultimately, what is our goal as Orthodox Christians in this brief life here on planet earth? Read more »

Inspired In Mexico
July 27, 2014
One friend asked me WHY I would go to Mexico to build a home for some poor family I don’t even know. He obviously didn’t understand our call as Christians to reach out to those in need, to help others less fortunate than ourselves, and to share God’s love in concrete ways, even with those who live in other countries far away. Read more »

Christ's Invitation to Become Disciples
June 22, 2014
Christ’s invitation presents a dilemma not only for his first disciples, but to all future generations, including each one of us. Are we willing to trust Jesus and follow Him, leaving the ways of the world? Are we willing to follow Him and leave behind our world of fear, hatred and violence? Are we willing to follow Him and seek something more than the superficial pursuits and pleasures of many of us? Are we willing to follow Him and set aside our destructive habits and sinful ways, even casting aside our lives of guilt and regret? Read more »

All Saints Day - Fathers Day - A Chrismation
June 15, 2014
Today in our Church we celebrate three very special occasions: 1) In our church calendar we honor and remember all the saints, known and unknown, who have lived before us; 2) In our secular calendar we honor and remember our fathers on this Father’s Day; 3) And in our church family, we celebrate and welcome the entrance of Jared Quill into full communion of our Church Family through the Sacrament of Holy Chrismation. Read more »

What We Believe and How To Share It
June 08, 2014
How many of you have ever had a conversation about your Orthodox Christian faith with a friend? How about with a co-worker, or even a stranger? Have any of you ever had the experience of talking about your faith, and someone looks perplexed at what Orthodoxy is, and they ask, “Are you Jewish?” Read more »

We Live to the Lord and We Die to the Lord
June 01, 2014
The secret to a life of contentment – “God’s grace is sufficient for us, for God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.” Trusting and believing in God’s grace, remembering that God is always with us and will never abandon us, realizing that in the midst of any challenge or struggle or tragedy, God is not only present, He not only suffers with us in the midst of our challenge, but He is ready to walk with us in any darkness and show us the way out! He will help us conquer any evil we face in our lives, and lead us back into His brilliant light! Read more »

How Will We Welcome Christ?
May 25, 2014
As we remember and celebrate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem today, on this Palm Sunday, we are challenged to think about how we will respond to Christ’s teaching and life. Like the crowds 2000 years ago, millions of Christians worldwide will enter the churches in praise and worship today and throughout Holy Week. How many will celebrate the joy of Pascha a week from today. And yet, we have to ask ourselves, will we make the commitment to not only worship Jesus, but to follow the path of life that He has given to us? Read more »

Greatness In the Eyes of God
May 18, 2014
How many of us wish to be great in the eyes of God? I would hope that any serious believer would make this a central goal in life – to be considered great in the eyes of God. And yet, how should we understand such spiritual greatness? What makes someone great? Read more »

A Mother's Heart
May 11, 2014
The writer Emerson once said 'People are what their mothers make them.' Abraham Lincoln confessed, “I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother." Someone once said, “Give me a generation of Christian mothers, and I can shape the world!” Read more »

Creating Our Own Image of God
May 04, 2014
So the key is not to turn Jesus into someone who is like us, someone who will make us comfortable with the way we are now. No, instead let us allow Christ to make us take a good and honest look at ourselves and to see how distant we are presently from the divine potential that God has given us. Read more »

NO to Casinos in Massachusetts
April 27, 2014
Our Christian faith is all about LOVE - love for God and love for our neighbor. And if we are trying to live lives of love, we have to realize that if we expand gambling and casinos in Massachusetts, we are not thinking about the welfare of our neighbor. Read more »

The Value of Self Control and Setting a Goal
April 20, 2014
“Learning How to Exert Self-Control.” This was the title of an interesting article in the NY Times last week which talked about Dr. Walter Mischel, a professor at Columbia, who is known as the “Marshmallow Man." Read more »

As the Father Sent Me, So I Send You
April 13, 2014
Dr. Johnson once shared a story with my class about meeting a man from India who had lived in the United States for 40 years. As he entered into a discussion with the man, he learned that this Hindu person had never been invited into the home of any American Christian during his entire 40 years in this country! Four decades and no Christian took the initiative to invite him into their home! Read more »

A New Life in Christ - Participating in the Resurrection
April 06, 2014
Christians in the first century had a strange custom. When one of their fellow Christians would die, they would march in procession to the graveyards, singing joyous hymns, and then they would place laurel wreaths on the graves, the same wreaths that the Greeks would use to crown the victors of athletic contests. Why did they do this? Because they believed that through Christ Jesus, all his followers have received victory over the power of death! Read more »

God Lives Among Us, With Us, and In Us
March 30, 2014
Tonight, our challenge is whether we will open up our hearts in a manner we’ve never done before, and allow Jesus Christ to be born anew within us? Will we allow the Christ Child to live in us and guide us each day in the New Year and throughout our lives? Will we give reign to Him to direct our lives and rule in the center of our very beings? This is the central question we should all meditate upon this Christmas! Read more »

Your Sins Are Forgiven
March 16, 2014
When we come to God, asking Him to heal us, we must prepare ourselves beforehand for healing. To be healed does not mean to become whole only in order to go back to the same kind of life that we lived before; it means to be whole in order to begin a new life, as if we realized that we died in the healing action of God. Read more »

Living By the Golden Rule
March 02, 2014
As follows of Jesus Christ, we understand that love isn't the absence of bad, but it is the presence of good. We must consciously and actively display love to others; Christians live out the fulfillment of their faith by DOING good to others, just as we want others to do good to us. Read more »

The Last Judgment
February 23, 2014
“The criminal in your community may be less guilty for his crime than you, his Christian neighbor. For you could have been a light to the evil doer, yet you were not, for the man remained beside you in darkness. Had you been the kind of example you ought to have been and allowed your light to shine on that lost man’s path, perhaps he might not have stumbled into his crime. If you had loved your neighbor as yourself and lavished upon him some of the care you generously lavish upon yourself, shared some of the warmth God has privileged you to possess, that criminal might have changed in time.” Read more »

We Have Hope in Jesus Christ
February 22, 2014
A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side." Read more »

The Transforming Love of God
February 16, 2014
“A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere. Bibles laid open, millions of surprises, fine nets and schemes. God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.” Read more »

God Knows What's In My Heart. Do I?
February 09, 2014
In 1750, Benjamin Franklin wrote in his Poor Richard’s Almanac that “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond and to know one’s self.” Read more »

The Light of Epiphany
January 05, 2014
What a great promise of hope to carry with us throughout this new year and throughout our entire lives. Jesus promises, “Whoever follows me, will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Read more »

Gifts of the Magi and the Spirit of Stewardship
December 29, 2013
Think about how the Magi were conscientious stewards with their knowledge, experience and wisdom, as well as stewards of their time and effort, which culminated in their good stewardship of their treasure. St. John Chrysostom highlights that true wealth comes through sharing what we have first received from God Himself. Ultimately, whatever we have isn’t ours! All is God’s, and we are simply caretakers of His riches. As we learn to generously give of ourselves, of our time, talents and treasure, we only increase our wealth and make eternal investments. Read more »

Emmanuel - God is With Us
December 22, 2013
The feast of Christmas proclaims something that is inconceivable to the human mind: that the Creator of the universe came to dwell among us. He came to be united with the human race, to taste our struggles and to share our pain, in order to lift us up into a new reality. All world religions may point to people searching for God, but only Christianity offers the completely different and unique story that Almighty God became one of us in order “to deify us”. Christmas is about this shocking reality! Read more »

The Legacy of Nelson Mandela
December 15, 2013
"Resentment is like drinking poison, and then hoping it will kill your enemies,” Mandela emphasized, “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then your enemy becomes your partner.” Read more »

The Kingdom of God as a Celebration
December 08, 2013
It’s no wonder why our Lord Jesus Christ used the analogy of a celebration to describe the Kingdom of Heaven. He wanted people to realize that the Kingdom of Heaven was not only comparable to the best of any earthly feasts we ever tasted, but in fact, far superseded such festivities, because the Kingdom of God is an eternal event – a joy greater than any joy one has ever tasted, a fellowship of love deeper than anything that one has ever experienced, and a happiness that never dissipates, because it marks the soul. Read more »

Casting Out the Demons in Our Lives
December 01, 2013
Demons, evil, the dark side, or however we name the forces of Satan, seem very evident in our society. But what about in our own lives? Do we actually believe in demons, in demonic possession, in the force of evil active in our own lives? Read more »

A Theology of Interruptions
November 24, 2013
How many of us like being interrupted? We may be in the middle of doing something, and then someone unexpectedly comes up to us, interrupts us, and disrupts our planned schedule. How about when we’re doing something really important? How do we act when such interruptions happen? Read more »

Do We Notice Our Neighbor?
November 17, 2013
Mother Teresa told a story about a very poor family with six children, who had nothing to eat. So Mother Teresa went to visit their home, and brought a big sack of rice. As soon as she gave the sack of rice to the poor family, the mother divided half of the rice and went out the door. She was gone for 10 minutes, and then returned empty-handed. Mother Teresa was surprised to see her leave right away, and asked her, “Where did you go? Read more »

Loving Our Neighbor as the Good Samaritan
November 10, 2013
What is life about? Is life only the 80 or so years that we live on earth and then that’s the end? Is there something after death? Is there an eternity? All this relates to the question of whether there truly is a God? If so, if God truly exists, then we must ask ourselves, what must I do to live with God for all eternity? Read more »

Success in God's Eyes or According to the World
November 03, 2013
Success. According to the world OR according to God. Two completely different perspectives!!! May each of us take care not to become a “fool” in God’s eyes, but to live out our lives as good and faithful stewards of all He has given us! Read more »

No Greater Love - The Heroic Act of Arland Williams Jr.
October 27, 2013
We believe that we were created in the image of the Divine Love of God, and such love has unlimited potential. The true mark of an authentic human being, one who has reached this potential, living out the divine likeness in which he or she was created, is to love the world around us in an extreme manner – not only loving our family and friends and those who are close to us, but also loving unknown strangers and even loving our enemies. Read more »

Casinos, Gambling and Love
October 20, 2013
The contrast couldn’t be sharper to see on the Narthex table one card that said “Enjoy a night out at the casinos” and the brochures right next to it which invite everyone to, “Encounter Christ in His Church.” Casinos or Christ? They truly represent two radically different worldviews. Gambling vs. Security? Losing Money vs. Finding Eternal Riches? Taking advantage of others, especially the poor vs. Helping others, especially those in greatest need? Fantasy dreams of jackpots vs. ultimate reality of loving service. Casinos vs. Christ. The contrast couldn’t be greater! Read more »

Are Our Hearts Open and Our Ears Listening
October 13, 2013
The world around us - with its secular spirit, its comfortable and materialistic worldview, with its often conflicting message towards our Christian ethos and morals - anesthetizes us to what is essential and important in our spiritual lives. If we don’t consciously make every concerted effort to listen to the Word of God, to wrestle with understanding how to apply it in our lives, and then to struggle to live it out in our daily lives, then we will also be like the people that Isaiah criticized. Our hearts will have grown dull, our ears will be hard of hearing and our eyes will be blinded. Read more »

Christ the Great Interferer
October 06, 2013
If we truly believe in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Master of our lives, than His priorities need to become our priorities; our life’s orientation needs to turn towards Him and His ways. Yes, God is the "Great Interferer," as C.S. Lewis called Him. He does want to interfere with our lives, especially when our lives need to be interfered with. Read more »

Transfiguring Our Lives
September 29, 2013
Christ did not come simply to teach man, but to transfigure him, to re-adorn human nature in light, divine light, the glory of the Father. This final purpose for man is revealed in Christ’s transfiguration on the mount, this foretaste of the glorious future visible Theophany. Read more »

Kindness as a Reflection of God's Love
September 22, 2013
Listen to what St. Isaac the Syrian has to say about the all-embracing love and kindness of God: "The 'merciful heart' in a human person is therefore the image and likeness of God's mercy, which embraces the whole of creation – people, animals, reptiles, and demons. In God, there is no hatred towards anyone, but all-embracing love which does not distinguish between righteous and sinner, between a friend of truth and an enemy of truth, between angel and demon. Every created being is precious in God's eyes." Read more »

How God Cares for Those In Need
September 15, 2013
When we look at people in need – a poor family that can’t take care of their children, a lonely person with no one to turn to, an elderly person who has no one to help them, scenes of the horror from war and poverty around the world – whatever the situation, when we see people in need, how do we feel? What do we think? But most importantly, how do we respond? Read more »

God's Co-Worker: The Georgia School Shooting
September 08, 2013
“I have no one who loves me… I have nothing to live for!” Michael Hill entered the school with an AK 47, 500 rounds of ammo, and a world of darkness, yet he unexpectedly encountered a woman from the opposite spectrum. Read more »

The Beginning - Jesus Fulfills the Prophecy
September 01, 2013
“Today, this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” What did that mean? Isaiah was talking about the Messiah, a time when our messianic dreams would come true and the Anointed One of the Almighty would usher in the reign of God. We all dreamed of the Messiah and hoped that He would come in our lifetime, but what was Jesus talking about?!? Read more »

An Attitude of Gratitude
August 18, 2013
When we understand our Christian faith, and sincerely strive to walk with Jesus Christ and allow His Spirit to dwell richly within our hearts and minds, an attitude of gratitude becomes an obvious and beautiful fruit of our faith. Of course, the opposite is true as well. When we don’t express gratitude, we are spiritually sick. An inability to thank God for our daily blessings, and to thank those around us who bless us with their words, their actions, and their lives, is a serious sign of spiritual pride and illness! Read more »

What Does Christ Expect From Us
August 11, 2013
What does Jesus expect from us? Do you ever think about that? What does our Lord want us to do in our lives, and what does He expect us to offer back to Him? Read more »

Allowing Christ to Live in Me
August 04, 2013
“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” It’s a pretty radical statement, yet it summarizes the journey and goal of our Christian life. We are on a lifelong struggle, which can be quite challenging and difficult, where we are not only called to become more and more like Jesus, but where we labor to control and crucify our own ego and actually allow Christ to be formed in us. Read more »

Shining the Light of Christ
July 14, 2013
St. Innocent, one of the greatest Russian missionaries who brought the Gospel to Alaska in the 19th century, admitted that his main problem in preaching to the native peoples of Alaska was the terrible witness of his fellow Russians, the fur traders and explorers. When St. Innocent preached the Good News to the native Alaskans, they would ask, “Aren't these other Russian workers Orthodox Christian? Read more »

Becoming Like Jesus
July 07, 2013
We have a self-portrait of Jesus. When we keep that in front of our eyes, we will soon learn what it means to follow Jesus and become like Him. Read more »

BC vs AD - All Saints Sunday
June 30, 2013
Before Christ, we live our lives according to our own desires and passions, and follow the influence and ways of the world. Living “in the year of the Lord” implies that something other than ourselves stands at the center of history. Read more »

Filling our Lamps - Pentecost
June 23, 2013
“To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.," Mother Teresa taught. "To keep the light of Christ aflame within us, we have to keep inviting the Holy Spirit in! We have to keep opening our lives for the Spirit of God to flow freely within us.” Read more »

Imitating Our Heavenly Father
June 16, 2013
One of the most precious images we have of God is as our Heavenly Father. Jesus Himself taught His followers to think of “the One who is and was and is to come, the Lord Almighty” as “Our Father” whenever we pray. What a radical image that Christ offered to His disciples – telling them not to think of our All Powerful Creator as a distant God, as someone or something separate and far from us, but to relate with our Maker as our Father! Read more »

Renewing our Faith - A Trip to Albania
June 09, 2013
"To find yourself, you must offer yourself." This is one off the teachings that 13 students from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, St. Tikhon’s Seminary, and Hellenic College, along with my beloved former professor, Fr. Alkiviadis Calivas, and I learned from Archbishop Anastasios during our recent class and trip to Albania. Read more »

Responses to the "Daily Act" Challenge
May 26, 2013
Every day I send out a Daily Inspirational Email to around 500 people, which includes a brief Spiritual Meditation, Bible Reading, and Life of a Saint. Recently, I have included a section called “DAILY ACT” challenging people to do some random act of love and kindness which reflects our faith. Read more »

Dreaming of the Jack Pot
May 19, 2013
$560 million dollars! That was the jack pot winner of the Powerball Lottery, and someone won the winning ticket yesterday. Imagine winning close to $600 million. What would you do? How would your life change? Would it change for the better? Would it make you happier? Read more »

Pascha - The Great Cosmic Joke
May 05, 2013
In some parts of Greece, there is a tradition that the day after Pascha is a day devoted to telling jokes. This tradition came about because they said that during Holy Week God pulled the greatest joke on Satan himself, when Christ willingly accepted to die on the Cross. Satan thought he won - that he had defeated Jesus, that darkness had conquered light, evil had conquered good, and death had conquered life – Satan thought he had won only to find out that when Christ entered the devil’s domain, hades, he could not contain Him. Read more »

The Joy of our King
April 28, 2013
One of the greatest accusations ever made against Christians could be summarized by the words of the famous atheist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, when he said that Christians had no joy; that Christianity was a joyless religion. Read more »

Where is our Safety - The Boston Marathon Bombing
April 21, 2013
What an unbelievable scene for Boston or anywhere in America? Exploding bombs? A car chase with hand grenades and pipe bombs thrown out the window? A firefight with 200 rounds of gunshots in the middle of Watertown. Terror and fear grip the people as a massive manhunt shuts down an entire city. Read more »

Christ the Healer of the Broken
March 31, 2013
How many of us are weighed down by some past deed that we did? I know people who live in the shadow of terrible mistakes or some bad choices they made 20 years ago, and they still are paralyzed by these hidden sins, or the guilt and shame that came with them. Others have allowed habitual sins, daily bad habits, or serious addictions to control their lives, and have given up hope at ever changing. Read more »

Preparing for the Last Judgment
March 10, 2013
This past week, I attended the funeral of 29 year old Matthew Beland, the son of our parishioner Eric Beland, and then 57 year old David Davis, one of our beloved members who joined our church family five years ago. David died in his sleep, and Matthew died after a brief battle with lymphoma. As I attended these funerals two days in a row, I soberly reflected on how brief our life is, and how unexpected and quick our death can come. Read more »

Understanding the Prodigal Son
March 03, 2013
Do we understand that we have a Heavenly Father whose love is far greater than any sin we can ever commit! Our sins, no matter how great, are as a drop of water compared with the entire ocean of God’s unconditional love. May we always remember this fact, especially when we have fallen away from God. God’s love and goodness is far greater than any sin or evil we can ever commit Although this parable is often called The Prodigal Son, a more accurate title would be the Parable of The Loving Father, since He is the main character in the story! This is the heart of what the Gospel, and Christianity are all about! Read more »

Pride vs Humility
February 24, 2013
“Better is the person who has sinned, if he knows he has sinned and repents, than the person who has not sinned and thinks himself righteous.” Read more »

Faith of the Canaanite Woman
February 17, 2013
I can’t move a mountain, or overcome an obstacle, but no hindrance is greater than God. I can’t, but He can. And He is waiting for us to discover what it means to trust in Him – this great gift of FAITH. Read more »

Building Up a Healthy Church
February 10, 2013
This past week I was in Atlanta offering a series of talks to a group of 60 clergymen on the topic “Building Up a Healthy Church.” These talks, which are a part of a class I teach at Holy Cross, as well as are based on the mission statement of our Sts. Constantine and Helen Church, highlight the five central characteristics that every Church and all Christians should constantly use to evaluate and cultivate our own spiritual growth. Read more »

Proclaiming a Culture of Life
January 27, 2013
This past week, tens of thousands gathered in Washington DC to mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v Wade. This annual March for Life draws our nation’s attention not only to the topic of abortion, but also focuses on proclaiming a culture of life instead of death. I realize that this topic is one that can passionately cause division among people, but we followers of Jesus Christ need to soberly and seriously reflect on an issue that takes the lives of 1.4 million babies a year in our own country, or approximately 55 million children since 1973, and which takes the lives of 40-50 million babies every year worldwide! Read more »

Moses and the Promised Land
January 20, 2013
Imagine leading two to three million slaves into freedom, while God performs incredible miracles through your hands. You then take these newly freed slaves to Mt. Sinai and receive the Law and Ten Commandments directly from God. You have an intimate relationship with God, where the Lord speaks to you face to face, as a friend. For forty years, you lead these stubborn, hardheaded people through the desert, enduring their complaining and grumbling, while miraculously seeing God feed them daily with manna from heaven. From the time you leave Egypt, through the next forty years, you continuously talk about your destination, the Promised Land, the land of milk and honey. Then, when God sees His people finally ready to journey into the land He promised, you as their leader are only allowed to climb a mountain and see the Promised Land from a distance. You are not allowed, however, to enter into the land yourself, or go with your people! Read more »

Light Has Dawned - Inspiration from Les Miserables
January 13, 2013
How many people have seen the new movie/musical “Les Miserables?” I’d highly recommend seeing the musical, reading the book, and/or seeing the 1998 movie starring Liam Neeson. When I read this book 25 years ago, it became one of my all-time favorites! Then I saw the musical on Broadway and London, and haven’t stopped listening to the music over all these years. This powerful story has inspired countless people, not only because it has a moving plot and incredible music, but because in so many ways it’s a summary of the Gospel. Victor Hugo, the author of the original book, captured the essence of Christianity in its most practical sense by telling the story of a pathetic, broken man, rejected and despised by society, yet redeemed by God’s love and grace in the most unexpected way. And through this redemption, love transforms this miserable person into a Christ-like character. In fact, this story summarizes the lives of some of our most beloved saints – wretched, dejected sinners transformed into icons of Christ through the divine love and grace they encounter from others. Read more »

The Sandy Hook School Massacre
January 13, 2013
Such a painful tragedy as Sandy Hook is surely one of life’s greatest mysteries that no one can fully understand. Why does someone kill innocent children? How does such evil intent grow in the heart of a 20 year old man? What has our society done to cultivate such hatred, anger, evil, pain and hurt? Each question, though, is a deep mystery with which we may not find clear answers, yet we know that we have to live through this mystery with faith and hope. Read more »

Never Ending Change and Transformation
January 06, 2013
Right now there’s a popular song that I have heard continuously over the past weeks entitled Same Love, which was written on behalf of gay legal rights. The refrain of the song goes, “I can’t change, even if I tried, even if I wanted to, I can’t change” Read more »

Blessed New Year Resolutions
December 31, 1969
Here are 10 great resolutions for a blessed and special New Year. Read more »

All Saints - Learning From Albania
December 31, 1969
“Beware not only of the individual ego (which leads us into our self-centered ways), but also of the communal ego, which is just as dangerous as the individual ego. This communal ego can take many forms, such as putting our family above all else, or putting our nation or some other identity with another limited group above all else.” Read more »

Healing Our Loneliness and Offering Us Friendship
December 31, 1969
Someone once asked a famous doctor in America, “What is the most devastating disease among people today.” He immediately replied, “Loneliness. The longer I practice medicine, the surer I am that no illness is so painful and universal as loneliness.” Read more »

Suffering for Christ - Global Persecution of Christians
December 31, 1969
From the time of Christ’s birth until today, it is estimated that 70 million Christians have been killed for their faith, 42 million of which have been Orthodox Christians! In fact, the vast majority of these deaths have occurred in the past 100 years! It is estimated that each year over the past decade there continue to be between 10,000-100,000 Christian martyrs. Read more »

The Beginning of GOOD NEWS
December 31, 1969
It’s nice to come to Church and hear the first Sunday Gospel reading of the New Year tell us, “The beginning of the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ!” Read more »

Beware of Idols: Start with the Super Bowl
December 31, 1969
115 million Americans will watch the Super Bowl later today. That makes it the most watched event ever in the history of television. In some parts of the country, 60% of all people will be watching the big game. Read more »

The Divine Justice of the Loving Father
December 31, 1969
Divine justice and charity are an expression of God’s sympathy towards humanity, whereas human justice seeks out fair judgment. The person who has trust in divine justice is neither upset when treated unfairly, nor seeks his justice. Read more »

May God Forgive the ISIS Killers
December 31, 1969
“May God forgive the killers. We don't have hatred towards them. This is Christianity. God forgives the sinners. So shall we." Read more »

Come and See - the Cost, Commitment and Response
December 31, 1969
The great scandal of Christianity is the nominal Christian, those who call themselves Orthodox but don't allow their faith to influence their lives. To be Orthodox does not mean that our parents or grandparents were Orthodox. To be Christian implies that we have asked Jesus to enter and control your life. Read more »

The Life of the Cross
December 31, 1969
A life of self denial, sacrifice, and the cross isn’t meant to be a masochistic life, but a life which brings great joy, discovery, and even abundance. The Church teaches that the more we deny ourselves and give away, the more we will receive. When we learn to carry our cross and die to our egocentric ways, we will discover the purpose of life. It places a higher vision and the divine ideal of Christ-like love, sacrifice and service at the center of one’s life! Read more »

Honoring the Virtues of Mothers
December 31, 1969
When I’ve asked children over the years which virtues they best loved about their mother, I get a variety of beautiful and cute answers... Read more »

Honest Doubt that Nourishes Faith
December 31, 1969
This Sunday of Thomas reminds us of an important lesson about the doubts that linger in our minds. Doubt may surely be a part of our journey of faith, yet we have to ask ourselves, what type of doubt to we harbor? Read more »

Suffering as an Opportunity to Glorify God
December 31, 1969
Jesus doesn’t answer the question about why someone suffers. We live in a fallen world, and in such an imperfect world suffering will exist. So Christ doesn’t answer why someone suffers, instead he puts suffering into a new perspective. How can we glorify God through our difficulties! Read more »

Overcoming our Biases and Prejudices
December 31, 1969
In a recent study published in Psychological Science, evidence was given to show that the human brain categorizes people within the first second after seeing a face. Read more »

My Strength Made Perfect in Weakness - The Supreme Court Ruling
December 31, 1969
This past week we have seen a landmark decision by the Supreme Court. Many are celebrating this historic victory for same-sex partners while others feel threatened by this action. Read more »

How To Inherit Eternal Life
December 31, 1969
“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” In other words, what must I do to know God; to dwell with God? What must I do to live under the reign of God, and to orient my life towards my Creator? What must I do to develop such an intimate relationship with Him, that our love for one another will not only enrich and bless this life, but even conquer death itself, so that I may have an eternity of bliss with Him? Read more »

Deny Yourself and Discover the Path of Life
December 31, 1969
Our society doesn’t teach us too often to deny ourselves and to lose our lives for others. Yet this is precisely one of the fundamental teachings of our Lord. Read more »

To Know Christ or To Follow Christ
December 31, 1969
An authentic disciple of Christ will not try to create a faith to fit his or her lifestyle. Quite the opposite! Our lifestyle must come in line with our Orthodox Faith. Our worldview must be formed by our understanding of Jesus Christ. Our words, deeds and even thoughts must come under the influence and reign of our Lord! Read more »

Using Time Wisely
December 31, 1969
Dach day God gives us a precious gift – 1440 minutes of life. He then gives us the freedom to do whatever we want with that time. “What are we doing to use that time wisely? Are we being good “stewards” of this sacred gift of time? Read more »

My Brother is My Life
December 31, 1969
“My brother is my life,” noted St. Silouan. As individualistic as we Americans can be, our Orthodox Christian faith runs radically counter to this autonomous spirit. Read more »

Our Gift Back to God
December 31, 1969
All that we have is a gift from God, yet all we become, and all we do with what we have received, is our gift back to God! Read more »

Seeking God Above All Else - Lessons from the Great Ascetics
December 31, 1969
How serious am I in my pursuit for salvation? How much do I truly desire to be with God, and how much am I willing to sacrifice to grow in my relationship with Him? Read more »

Terror-Violence-Fear and our Christian Response
December 31, 1969
Terror. Violence. Fear. Sorrow. Anger. Hatred. These are only a few of the emotions that can pass through our minds whenever we encounter a violent and tragic event like the recent happenings. Read more »

Giving Thanks in All Circumstances
December 31, 1969
How beautiful it is to live lives of gratitude and thanksgiving. Living with such a spirit transforms our whole perspective on life. We won’t focus on what we don’t have, or on what others have. Instead, we thank God for each and every blessing. Read more »

Speaking Out On Behalf of Others
December 31, 1969
First they came for the illegal immigrants and criticized the Mexicans, and I did not speak out, because I was neither an illegal immigrant nor a Mexican. Then they started to refuse Syrian refugees... Read more »

Martyrs for Christ
December 31, 1969
70 Million Christian Martyrs! 70 Million people, since the birth of Christ, have been killed because they were followers of this newborn baby we celebrated this past week. That’s quite an incredible number of people who have suffered and died for their Christian faith! Read more »

The New Man in Christ
December 31, 1969
To become new men means losing what we now call 'ourselves.' Out of our selves, into Christ, we must go… the Christian life is simply a process of having your natural self changed into a Christ self… One's most private wishes, one's point of view, are the things that have to be changed. Read more »

Understanding Love on Valentine's Day
December 31, 1969
Storge love, Friendship love, Romantic love, and Agape love. Today on Valentine’s Day, let us reflect on each of these loves, and let us thank all those who have offered us these different types of love throughout our lives. Read more »

The New Life in Christ
December 31, 1969
To become a new creation implies becoming something that you weren’t before – you are new, better than before, fulfilling the potential that God has given you. This new life in Christ, becoming a new creation, is a central part of our journey with God. Read more »

Facing Death and Judgment
December 31, 1969
When we encounter God in our final judgment, He will look over our lives and see how we have treated other people, how we have responded to those in need. Have we reached out to others with simple acts of love, with random kindness, with disciplined charity, with joyful generosity – because when we reach out especially the marginalized of society, we are reaching out to Christ Himself. Read more »

The Joy of Palm Sunday
December 31, 1969
In today’s Palm Sunday epistle reading, we hear St. Paul offer similar words - “Rejoice in the Lord always” - to the persecuted believers in Philippi, while he himself languished in a prison cell. Read more »

Cultivating An Attitude of Gratitude
December 31, 1969
You need to have an "attitude of gratitude" an amazing prisoner shared with me. What made it even more amazing was that he was spending a life sentence in prison. Read more »

What Legacy Do We Leave Behind?
December 31, 1969
What we give for others lasts forever. How we serve others lasts forever. What we do in love for others lasts forever. This is the eternal legacy of Christians. It’s NOT what we did for ourselves. Or how we enriched ourselves. Or how we were all about our own family and our own loved ones. A legacy that lasts into eternity is one that is about giving to others, loving others, and especially serving those in need. Read more »

Respecting Life
December 31, 1969
Mother Teresa of Calcutta offered a powerful witness to life. ‘The greatest evil in the world today is abortion,’ she would say, “because it is a war against an innocent, defenseless child. Any country or people that accept abortion are not teaching their people to love the defenseless. Instead, we are teaching them to use whatever violence is needed, to dispose of the unwanted and to fulfill their own desires.” Read more »

A New Perspective With the Resurrection
December 31, 1969
If we choose to participate, truly partake, in Christ’s Resurrection, our perspective of life radically changes! We will never remain discouraged; we will never lose hope; we will never despair; we will never allow darkness to prevail in our lives; for we know that Christ is Risen and He has defeated all darkness and evil. He has overcome sin. He has annihilated death itself! Through His resurrection, we see all of life through a joyous and victorious prism. Read more »

Giving Thanks and Giving Back
December 31, 1969
Fr Luke asked me to speak about “What God and the Church mean to me and why I give back to the Church.” We know WHY we are here – we come to encounter God, to pray, to ask forgiveness, to seek spiritual guidance and inspiration, and for so many other things. But do we know WHAT we are supposed to do as followers of Jesus Christ? Read more »

How To Enter Into Life
December 31, 1969
“If you want to ENTER INTO LIFE, keep God’s commandments.” What type of life is Jesus talking about? Our “everyday existence” life? A normal life, filled with the typical challenges and joys, struggles and successes? A fun life? A rich life? A successful life? Or is he talking about something more, something different, something more meaningful? Read more »

Addictions, Demons and Redemption
December 31, 1969
Over the past decades the medical world has helped us understand addictions as an illness or disease that must be treated, rather than a moral failure that must be judged. Just as one wouldn’t condemn a person with diabetes, or cancer, or some other physical illness, the medical field has studied and researched substance use disorder, concluding that addictions affect and even change the brain chemistry and body make-up of an individual, and thus, need to be understood and treated in a holistic way. Read more »

God's Superheroes - Women of Faith
December 31, 1969
This idea of God’s superheroes, the saints, are what I want to focus on today. I’m going to use, however, the beautiful new 10-foot icon we just hung on the wall of our Church Read more »

Fallen Creation and Hurricane Harvey
December 31, 1969
I begin my sermon today with this introduction about how all of creation is affected by the fallen world we live in, because this past week we witnessed what the National Weather Service called an “unprecedented and beyond anything experienced” natural disaster with Hurricane Harvey. Imagine, more than 52 inches of rain falling in such a short span of time, a record for the continental United States. Read more »

Are the End Times Coming?
December 31, 1969
Are the end times coming? We are living through unprecedented hurricanes with Harvey and Irma. We witness a massive 8.1 earthquake in Mexico. Raging wildfires in Oregon and the Northeast are threatening. Ongoing wars in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Iraq, as well as many other places around the world. The unthinkable threat of nuclear disaster, especially now with North Korea. Are the end times coming? Read more »

Beginning a New Year of Change and Transformation
December 31, 1969
If we have sincerely experienced Christ’s birth, and invited Him to be born anew in our hearts and lives, no one can enter the new year the same! We should be changed people! Or at least be people who are in the process of change! Read more »

A "Teaching" Liturgy
December 31, 1969
Today I offered a "Teaching Liturgy" in Church. I was trying to help our parishioners better understand the Divine Liturgy, learn how to participate more fully in their worship, and meet and encounter our Living God through our worship. Read more »

Mercy or Justice - Lessons from the Prodigal Son
December 31, 1969
Mercy is opposed to justice… As a grain of sand cannot counterbalance a great quantity of gold, so in comparison God’s use of justice cannot counterbalance His mercy. Read more »

As the Father Sent Me So I send You
December 31, 1969
I have to be honest and tell you that this was only the THIRD time in my life I’ve ever been to Church. It was interesting, though, and I really did learn something new.” When I answered him what he learned, he surprised me by saying, “I never knew that Jesus rose from the dead!” Read more »

St George and His Understanding of Death
December 31, 1969
Tragedy in God’s eyes is not a young death, but a life not lived to its God-given potential, a life not dedicated to God and lived for God. Read more »

God is My Help - Palm Sunday Sermon
December 31, 1969
Jesus enters Jerusalem with the fervor growing. Yet, there was something strange about the entrance of this new King. Read more »

Forgiveness Frees Us from Being Imprisoned in our Souls
December 31, 1969
A man that does not learn to forgive, who hold on to the bitterness and resentment of his anger and hatred and pain, is like a man who swallows poison and hopes his enemies die from that poison. An unforgiving spirit imprisons and poisons our souls! Read more »

Do You Want To Be Healed?
December 31, 1969
We need to realize that whenever we turn to God for help, He is the Great Physician of our bodies and souls and minds. He is interested not simply in some type of physical healing, but in a complete healing that leads to a radically new life, a life that will lead into an eternal relationship with Him. Read more »

Building Relationships of Love in Mexico
December 31, 1969
Going to Mexico to build a house was an experience I will absolutely never forget! It allowed me to experience everything the Bible teaches us Read more »

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Fear threatens to overwhelm us and endangers to divide us more and more from one another. It jeopardizes our sense of community and love for one another, leading us to bunker down into our own self-made shelters with people who are like minded. We keep away from the other, whom we fear. We separate ourselves from those whom we feel are different, and thus dangerous. Yet, fear is not from God! Read more »


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