May 21, 2017

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Poverty of Purpose

I attended a workshop a few years ago and when the subject matter turned to recruiting volunteers, the speaker went deeply into a subject he called the “new poverty.” As Jesus said, “the poor you always have with you,” (Matthew 16:11) referring to those short on financial resources. What the speaker was talking about, however, […]

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May 14, 2017

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Finding Easter Eggs

If someone asks you “What are Easter Eggs?” you will of course talk either about the tradition of the red egg dyed by St. Mary Magdalene as a symbol of the death and resurrection of Christ, or the custom of coloring eggs in all different colors that developed from that. Or you might mention the […]

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May 7, 2017

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ACT LIKE A LADY(BUG)!

After a busy few weeks, I took some time off a few days ago and headed to Grand Haven. I was fortunate and found a few hours between rain showers and enjoyed sitting on the sand and listening to the water. Although I mostly looked at the shoreline and across the lake, at one point […]

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April 30, 2017

April 30

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Feast Ye Sumptuously!

Christ is risen! As I say just about every year, there is no more beautiful homily preached than the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom, read in every Orthodox Church, every year on Pascha night. But just as it is unparalleled in beauty and truth, I believe it is as misunderstood to the same degree. […]

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April 23, 2017

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A Week of Renewal

What a glorious Pascha we began to experience on Saturday night/Sunday morning! We left the Church with our candles lit, and what was a darkened church began to glow as more and more came and “received light, from the Light that is never overtaken by night”. We gathered outside, heard the Gospel of the Resurrection, […]

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April 16, 2017

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Reminder, Reenactment, or Remembrance?

Holy Week is such a beautiful, profound experience. I’m sure some see it as a beautiful reminder of what Jesus did for us, and for our salvation. Others may enjoy what they see as a “reenactment” of the Passion of the Christ, similar to how history buffs hold reenactments of battles of famous wars. For […]

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