Father Michael’s Blog


It’s Not a Diet

Many of us have been in the unenviable position of needing to lose at least a few pounds. The proponents who advise us to change our eating habits encourage us not to call this a “diet” but consider it a lifestyle change. They say this because a diet begins and ends, and if it ends, […]

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We Are Not Alone

Today in the Orthodox Church, as we do every November 8, we celebrate the Bodiless Powers of Heaven, known better to most as the “angels.” It’s a good reminder that the phrase “We are not alone” does not only apply to science fiction movies about aliens from another planet visiting Earth. We are taught that […]

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The Power of Listening

As I sit here writing this, I’m enjoying the peaceful feeling that we’ve all experienced at some point. You know the feeling: after having opened our homes to guests of family and friends for a holiday get together or a dinner party, once the guests have all left and the dishes are washed and put […]

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The Reformation at 500: An Orthodox View

Our parish’s conference in which we are inviting the larger Christian community in our area to gather together and reflect on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is coming up in less than a week next Monday and Tuesday, October 30-31 (stnicholasgr.com/reformation). As we prepare to reflect on the effects of this event, we […]

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A Different Kind of Bling

I’m not a famous person. So it was pretty funny when we left the restaurant after dinner with Bishop Anthony and some of our parishioners the other night and a couple came up to us and asked if they could take their picture with us. Being a kind and accommodating man, Bishop Anthony said we […]

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Straight Talk From A loving Heart

  This week, clergy and laity from throughout the Antiochian Archdiocese and beyond are gathering at Saint George Orthodox Cathedral in Miami, Florida and the Antiochian Village in Pennsylvania for the funeral and burial of our beloved Bishop Antoun. In eulogies, public reflections and private conversations, memories are being shared of a man whose life […]

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Is There No Place Safe?

Once again we find ourselves in the aftermath of a horrific event. To call it a crime seems insufficient. To call it tragedy belies the fact that it was a choice. The killing of dozens and injuring of hundreds in the Las Vegas shooting again reminds us how dangerous the world can be, even in […]

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An Open Letter to Colin Kaepernick

The news has been filled this week with coverage of the NFL players and staff who have been kneeling in protest during the singing of the national anthem, a protest begun last year by Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers. While the issues of race relations and patriotism are important, I see deeper and […]

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Unlocking Sacred Texts

Science fiction fans of all ages are excited for this coming Sunday’s premier of the next installment of the Star Trek franchise: “Star Trek: Discovery.” It’s hard to imagine that it all began 50 years ago this month when Captain Kirk, Spock and Dr. McCoy first started traveling the galaxy, going “where no one has gone […]

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“I’m not moving ANYWHERE!”

“I’m not moving ANYWHERE!” No, this wasn’t the response from some snot-nosed teenager who was asked to move to another seat on a bus to make room for a senior citizen. It was actually a senior parishioner (truth be told more than one!) in response to the announcement of this upcoming Sunday’s “Open Seating Sunday” […]

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Home, Sweet Home

Many of us have been traveling to various places throughout the summer and as nice as it is to travel and see interesting places and do interesting things, we all know the wonderful feeling of coming home. There’s just something about home that’s, well, sweet. Home is where it’s comfortable, things are familiar, and we […]

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Dramatic Tragedy, Dramatic Compassion

By now we’ve all seen the dramatic photos and videos of Harvey’s assault on Texas over the last week. The unrelenting rain, the growing number of areas flooded which leads to the corresponding growth in numbers of people needing rescue and then shelter. For many of us, this tragedy has also struck us even more […]

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