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.”
November 01, 2015 -
“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.
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.
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.
October 12, 2015 -
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?
October 04, 2015 -
Fr. Lazarus Bambang Sucanto talks about the Orthodox Church of Indonesia
September 27, 2015 -
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!
September 20, 2015 -
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.
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.
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?
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.
August 24, 2015 -
“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?
August 16, 2015 -
July 19, 2015 -
July 05, 2015 -
“It is not freedom when we say everything is permitted. This is slavery.”
June 28, 2015 -
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.
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.”
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.
June 08, 2015 -
“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.”
May 24, 2015 -
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.