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The Lord Has Need of It


It’s a paradox. A paradox is a concept that we humans, especially we humans shaped and formed by post-Enlightenment secularism, have a hard time grasping. Paradox makes us uncomfortable. It feels like a “problem” to be “solved.” That’s why we humans stumble over paradox. You know what I mean, don’t you?...

Compete According to the Rules


I love a line from the Paraklesis to our parish saints, Sts. Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene: "We entreat you, O Martyr of Christ, who with Nicholas and Irene for His sake competed according to the rules: Save us from injuries by our unruly opponent, through your earnest prayers to...

Admit it; You’re Not OK!


I’m my own worst enemy. The reason for this is that my ability to either delude myself or to overreact is so “normal” to me that it is really hard to be objective about my struggles by myself. I’m either too hard on myself or too easy on myself! Learning...

The Immeasurable Riches of His Grace


“All is gift.” This phrase captures both the simple and profound message that embodies the mystery of living a Eucharistic life. You may ask “What does that mean?” And I understand. We moderns are far removed from a world where mystery and wonder and story dominated our human society....

The Wisdom of Humility; The Foolishness of Pride


On this Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, we are once again invited to prepare our lives for the Arena of the Virtues called Great Lent. The whole point of this spiritual spring cleaning season is the tried and true wisdom of learning the power of humility to...

They Despise Authority


“Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way! I can’t wait to look in the mirror, 'cause I get better lookin' each day.” Hilarious, right? But what makes it funny is that we know people who actually feel that way about themselves. They are...

St. Photios The Great


Today's devotional is a bit different. I wanted to write about a part of my story of becoming Orthodox, which can't be told without talking about my best friend, Rod Loudermilk. So, indulge me a bit and I pray this is an encouragement to you. Rod and I met many...

According To Your Word


One of the most meaningful Pro-Life demonstrations I ever saw was a graduating High School class deciding to put out the number of empty seats with them in the graduates' area of all the children who would have been graduating High School with them had they not been aborted....

My Eyes Have Seen Your Salvation


Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. It recalls the Baby Jesus being brought to the Temple by His mother and foster father to present an offering to God on behalf of the firstborn son. You see, in the Mosaic Law, the firstborn...

This Is A Test – Sunday Homily


The spiritual disciplines of the Faith many times lead us to moments in our lives where we are really tested so that we will know reality both internally and externally. These tests in our lives are "good" but rarely pleasant. As we approach Great Lent, let's do what we...