Father Michael’s Blog


One Day at a Time

In the 23rd of Fr. Tom Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living, he offers what we might mistake is just another common adage: to live “one day at a time“.  While this may seem like a simplistic teaching, it is actually more complex than it seems and if we are honest, much more of a […]

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Maxim #22 of Father Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living brings us another topic that perhaps seems out of place in a discussion of Christian living: “Exercise Regularly.”  But to demonstrate that assuming our incorrect thinking based on a false dichotomy of body and soul, we have a reflection of a fairly contemporary saint, […]

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Live a Day–or Even a Part of a Day–at a Time

Maxim #23 of Fr. Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living is “Live a Day–or Even a Part of a Day–at a Time.” Based largely on Christ’s command “not to be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for ourselves” (Matthew 6:34), this maxim identifies a struggle in which many of us are engaged.  […]

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Hopko Maxim #21: Have a Healthy, Wholesome Hobby

This won’t be the first time that I write about the importance of rest and recreation in the spiritual life.  A previous blog post spoke about the importance of rest in general, and another focused on the importance of regular cycles of rest of varying amounts. In the next of Father Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims […]

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Maxim #20: Maintain Cleanliness and Order in your Home

We continue our reflections of Fr. Tom Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living with #20–Maintain cleanliness and order in your home. Our first reaction might be to say to ourselves “What does cleanliness have to do with Christian living?” The experience of the Church is that EVERYTHING in our lives impacts our Christian living. As […]

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In today’s blog post, I really wanted to talk about how important it is to keep learning about the Faith, since we begin our Fall series of Family Night Dinners and Pathways to Spiritual Growth tonight. I also thought about writing about all the excitement I saw around the various ministries which were on display […]

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It’s not entirely clear whether it was Ronald Reagan or a first century Jewish rabbi, but no matter who said it first, a certain phrase has since become an important reminder that when something needs to be done, before we look elsewhere we should ask: If not you, who? If not now, when? Reagan repeatedly […]

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Be Polite with Everyone, first of all family members

In our ongoing reflections on Fr. Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living, we now come to number 19: “Be polite with everyone, first of all family members.” So let’s face two things right off the bat: politeness is in short supply in our world in general these days, and ironically, most of all within […]

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This week’s Mid-week Reflection is provided to us from Archdeacon David’s excellent homily from this past Sunday. Enjoy! In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, amen. In preparing for this morning’s sermon I took a look at the liturgical calendar of the church to see what the readings were, […]

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Because Life Happens Seven Days a Week

Many of us might be surprised to know that only a minority of members actually attend Sunday morning services on a weekly basis consistently. On a typical Sunday morning, about half the crowd are our once-a-weekers, another quarter are those who aren’t weekly attenders (your once-every-two-to-three weekers), and the last quarter is a mixture of […]

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Losing Our Religion: On “Retaining” Young People in the Orthodox Church

I will return from the Antiochian Village on Friday, so in my absence, I have given Keith the opportunity to provide this week’s blog. As we enter into the upcoming Church Year in September, we will encounter a greater focus on our youth—the next generation of leadership in our church. Having served thirty-years in the […]

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Elation. It’s not something we mention let alone experience very often, but it’s how I described my own feelings and those of all of us who work so long and so hard to pull off such a successful Archdiocese Convention. We attempted what some considered the near impossible: an affordable convention, held in luxury hotels. […]

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