Featured Reflections


Humility

By Fr. Alexander Schmemann

If there is a moral quality almost completely disregarded and even denied today, it is indeed humility.

Preparing for Our Lenten Journey

by Fr. John Matusiak

On Sunday, February 13, 2011, Orthodox Christians observe the beginning of the pre-lenten season  of the Church year and start to make use of a liturgical book known as the Triodion.

Exhortation to a New Priest

By St. Tikhon, Enlightener of North America

I greet you, beloved brother, on receiving the grace of the priesthood. When our souls come in contact with Divine Grace, our usual hardness is softened, as wax before a flame.

Getting Healed From Sin

by Fr. Andrew Harmon

If St. Paul could speak to you today, I think he might say to you, “Have you been baptized?” And when you answered “yes” he would say, “Then you are freed from sin. You are no longer enslaved to sin.”

Advent, Our "Little Lent"

By Fr. Patrick Cardine

"The coming of the Lord is always eventful; it is either for judgment or for salvation, but never without fire."

 

The Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos

By Fr. Thomas Hopko

In the Orthodox Church the Virgin Mary is the image of those who are being saved. If Jesus Christ is the Savior, Mary is, par excellence, the image of the saved.

The Pursuit of God's Peace in an Anxious World

By Fr. Joshua Makoul

The world in which we live is an anxious one, rife with fear and doubt. Economic markets rise and fall, employment fluctuates, conflicts erupt in unexpected places, and each year seems to bring a threat of some new virus that threatens mankind.

Volunteerism or Stewardship

by Christopher Holwey

I would like to offer a few words here concerning the difference between volunteerism and stewardship, and how it correctly pertains to our life in the Church. Over the years, I have seen many of us in the church struggle to get more and more people to participate and “volunteer” to do what needs to be done to keep our churches going.

An Orthodox University: Higher Education for Orthodox Christians

by His Grace Bishop Thomas, Ed.D.

In "the founding of explicitly Orthodox Christian schools of higher education...we must seek out men and women who are willing to offer up their academic learning and other educational talents to God for His Eucharistic sanctification for the salvation of the world."

Mary, Our Cause of Rejoicing

 By His Grace Bishop Basil 

Mary the Theotokos is very close to my heart, and, I am certain, close to the hearts of all who love her Son, Jesus. I can hardly think of her name without tears.