Father Michael’s Blog

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No One’s Indispensable

It didn’t take much time into my 14-day quarantine to realize that I was about to relearn an invaluable lesson I was taught years ago. Due to a potential contact with a person who tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, I was encouraged by my physician to go into quarantine so as to protect anyone […]

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AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

Those of you with whom I speak about current events more regularly know my frustration with the lack of difference in the response by Christians to the tragic death of George Floyd and the ensuing national “conversation” on race in America, when compared to the other voices we hear. On the one hand, I hear […]

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WITH MALICE TOWARD NONE; WITH CHARITY TOWARD ALL

  Division. Inequality. Conflict. So much of our attention is being drawn to these in our current challenging days.  Black and White. Privileged and oppressed. Citizens and police. Republicans and Democrats. We live in a time with so much division among us, there are some beginning to wonder out loud if this can end in […]

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SILENCE is VIOLENCE

Dear Friends, In recent weeks, we have seen the ongoing national discourse on racism taken to a new level after the killing of George Floyd. The conversation is an important one, and we all have and will continue to hear all manner of ideas and adaptations that will be encouraged to espouse. Some of these, regardless of […]

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COMING HOME

Dear Friends, With great joy and appreciation, I share the message below from His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH. Among other things, it shares the news that we are now blessed to return to the church for the Divine Services, up to 25% of our capacity, which in our case with our large capacity, will be just […]

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Confession (Part 1)

The Sacrament of Confession (Part I) Written by Fr. Michael Shanbour As I write this, two American astronauts are preparing to take the daring step of being strapped to the top of a rocket, filled up with millions of gallons of explosive fuel, and riding it into orbit around the Earth. Who knows, by the […]

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Confession (Part 2)

  The Sacrament of Confession (Part II) Written by Fr. Michael Shanbour I have my annual physical coming up this week. I don’t know how you feel about going for your physical, but I really don’t like it. It’s not something I look forward to. It’s inconvenient, it’s embarrassing, it’s uncomfortable, almost to the point […]

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HEALING, HEALTH, & HOLINESS (Part 2)

Once in a while, I hear someone say, “If you have your health, you have everything.” While I’ve always understood the sentiment of how difficult and distracting sickness can be, I also know we don’t choose to be sick (we do often choose the things that make sickness more likely, but that’s a topic for […]

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HEALING, HEALTH, & HOLINESS

Today in the Church, we celebrate the beautiful Feast of “Mid-Pentecost,” the halfway point in the 50 day period between Pascha and Pentecost.  It also falls midway between last Sunday’s commemoration of Jesus healing the Paralytic and this coming Sunday’s Gospel of the Samaritan Woman at the well. It is a Feast of Healing–both physical […]

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Pascha and the Promise of Life from Death

  Orthodox Christianity Is the fullest expression of God’s revelation to His Creation. If you want to understand the truth of any aspect of our lives, we need look no further than the content of our Faith to give us the understanding we need. We live in a time when the world has focused, as […]

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A REFLECTION on the JESUS PRAYER

I’m sure we have all found that during this time of the current pandemic, we have found many challenges but hopefully many more blessings. One of the blessings that many have encountered is the availability of the one thing many of us could not find enough of before this all began: time. The reality is that […]

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Render to God

It’s April 15th today and if it was any other year than this year, today would be tax day, so there’s one more change to absorb from the current pandemic, this one a more welcome one for some! And how appropriate that one of the Gospel readings during Holy Week is one in which we […]

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