Father Michael’s Blog

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OUR GLOBAL GREAT LENT

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” Archdeacon David reminded me of this quote from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities as we discussed the fact that in spite of the current difficulties and challenges, this time of testing also brings a myriad of blessings and opportunities. For the […]

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WE HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO OFFER

For the moment, we live in a world where you can’t go for five or maybe ten minutes without hearing the word “virus” or having the spread of the coronavirus enter into your consciousness. It is regularly brought to our attention either because of the actual spread of the disease and the reasonable concern anyone […]

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CLEAN WEEK: THE ORIGINAL SPRING CLEANING

We find ourselves in the first week of the Great Fast, known as “Clean Week” in the Orthodox Church. There are several ways to understand this title. There is the fact that in the final days before Great Lent we have cleaned our homes of the food from which we will abstain during the Fast. […]

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WAYS TO SHARE GREAT LENT & PASCHA WITH YOUR CHILD

Children are never too young to be brought to Church for services. The sooner we introduce them to the Church, her services, and her wisdom, the sooner we begin the process of “becoming” an Orthodox Christian. In order for Orthodoxy to make sense, our children need to experience all that the Church offers. Make it […]

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Be Simple, Hidden, Quiet and Small

The next in our ongoing examination of Father Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living is very timely as we approach Great Lent, which begins in a bit over a week: “Be Simple, Hidden, Quiet and Small.”  In a culture which elevates the values of greatness, notoriety, influence and power, this maxim reveals the counter-cultural […]

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Charting Our Course Forward (Part 3)

This week’s excerpt from my Pastoral Address is the third and final part of my presentation to the 2020 General Assembly of our parish. In this section, we turn from examining our past as a way to chart our course forward, and begin the hard work of planning for an exciting future. My hope is that […]

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Remembering Our Past and Embracing the Challenge Set Before Us (Part 2)

In this, the second of three parts of my 2020 Pastoral Address given a few weeks ago at our annual General Assembly, I encourage us to take a look back at our past, both to remember and honor it, but also to see how it shapes our trajectory into the future. If you missed the […]

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REFLECTING ON GOD’S BLESSINGS

This past Sunday, I gave my annual Pastoral Address at the parish General Assembly. The annual address is a type of “State of the Parish” presentation in which the Pastor lays out his views on the key events in the church from the previous year, and where he wishes us to head moving forward. I […]

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BE OF GOOD CHEER

The next of Father Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living that we are exploring this year seems deceptively simple: Be Cheerful. At first glance there doesn’t seem to be much to this, or that it has much to do with living the Christian Faith.  But when we take a second glance, we realize perhaps […]

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BE GRATEFUL

During this past year, we have been exploring father Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living. As we explored the first 27 of these, I most commonly found articles and blog posts from other writers to expand upon these important precepts. Maxim 28 is no less crucial than the other 54 if we are to […]

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FACE REALITY

For the past several months, most of these midweek reflections have been based on Father Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living. For most of these I have found relevant articles and blog posts which I have shared with you, but when I looked to find something written about the next maxim, I could find […]

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REDEEMING THE TIME

Tonight is New Year’s Eve and that means that billions of people around the world will stay up longer than they normally do for the momentous occasion of…watching a clock strike 12! Of course, there’s much more to that moment than just the passage of time. If nostalgia doesn’t rise within you when you hear […]

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