Father Michael’s Blog


The Importance of Gathering

In just over a month, we will host our clergy and faithful from throughout North America for the 2019 Archdiocesan Convention. In last week’s blog entry, we heard from Amy Amash who reflected on the importance of this gathering from her perspective, which many found very useful in understanding something that is so close to […]

Read More


This week’s blog is a bit different in a few ways. It’s not strange to have a guest writer as I haven’t been penning much lately, in an attempt to keep a decent balance during a busy season. What’s strange is that my blog always attempts to eliminate any lines drawn between life and faith, […]

Read More

Cultivate Communion With The Saints.

Christ is risen! One of the most natural things we do as human beings is live in relationship to each other: we eat together, we talk together, we work together. Some would say our very humanity is based on our relationships, one to another. While this is not the case in all Christian communion, Orthodox […]

Read More

Read Good Books, a little at a time

Christ is risen! And greetings from Arizona! I just took this picture of the book “Wounded by Love” which I brought with me on the trip. I’ve been reading it for, oh, just a few years now. It exemplifies this week’s reflection in our ongoing series focusing on Fr. Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian […]

Read More

Read the Scripture Regularly

Christ is risen! We’ve reached Maxim #15 of Fr. Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living, which is “Read the Scriptures Regularly.” There are many, both within Orthodoxy and outside of it, who wrongly conclude that the reading of scripture is “not really Orthodox,” and really is a Protestant practice. Nothing could be further from […]

Read More


Christ is risen! We will continue to build on the topic of thoughts from last week’s reflection by focusing on this week’s principle: “Reveal all your thoughts and feelings to a trusted person regularly” taken from Fr. Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living. Who this person turns out to be in each of our […]

Read More

Do Not Engage In Intrusive Thoughts and Feelings

Christ is risen! As we continue looking at Fr. Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living, we come into a few regarding our “thought lives.” Today’s reflection comes from the “Orthodox Way of Living” blog, which is focused on information on how to live the Orthodox way of life from the Saint George Greek Orthodox […]

Read More

Go to Confession and Communion Regularly

Christ is risen! In this season of the celebration of our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection, how appropriate that the Maxim we are focusing on both last week and this week from Fr. Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living is “Go to Confession and Communion Regularly.” We obey Christ’s command to eat His flesh and […]

Read More

Confession: the Healing Sacrament

How appropriate that the Maxim we focus on this week from Fr. Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living is “Go to Confession and Communion Regularly.” It’s appropriate coming at the end of Lent and the middle of Holy Week as many of us have recently been to Confession. I’ve probably heard as many Confessions […]

Read More

The Distracted Life

Following my homily on distraction this past Sunday, I heard much interest in the topic, and in the article I referenced. We take a break from our exploration of Fr. Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living in order to look into this important topic, which affects us all. Feel free to read it for yourself, […]

Read More

Go to Liturgical Services Regularly

In this week’s maxim from Fr. Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living, we focus on the value when we “Go to Liturgical Services Regularly.” One of the most dangerous assumptions that modern life holds for us modern Christians is the false idea that Church is for Sunday morning. The unintended result of the imprisonment […]

Read More

Do Acts of Mercy in Secret

  We continue our ongoing reflections on Father Thomas Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living. Today’s Maxim is “.” We will hear Father Tom’s own words reflecting on both the high importance of acts of mercy (also referred to as “Almsgiving”) in the Christian life, as well as the reason for the secrecy. I encourage […]

Read More