Matushka Theodosia's counsel to her visitors still resounds in the hearts of those who knew her and life and you have come to know her in the time since her repose: "Never be despondent. The Lord Will arrange everything. Everything will be good for you if you will Believe in Him, hoping Him, and … Continue reading Schemanun Theodosia, a New Intersessor
Peace comes through a sincere belief in God’s presence and in His promises; it is not dependent on our feelings or sensations. Believe in His promises and rest in His peace today. Elder Sophrony Sakharov I was working with a dear friend on letting go of the attachment or attraction I have to the feelings … Continue reading Internal Peace
An unmarried marriage is a marriage, but Christ has not yet come to this marriage. When we marry people who have lived in a marriage for many years, who gave birth and raised children, we say to them: “You were a husband and a wife until today, and now you have become a husband … Continue reading How Marriage Changes When it is Sanctified in the Sacrament of Marriage in Church
Photo: Many people in the Puget Sound region reported seeing a ring around the sun on Saturday. NASA says the halo is formed when sunlight shines through ice crystals in the air. Glory to God for all things!!!
Happy New Year! Technology, while opening up the global community to everyone, has robbed us of essential personal time and communication with each other. The most important factor in living long healthy lives is not money, a healthy diet, good medical care, etc., it is personal connection. Let's make a goal in the New Year … Continue reading Creating Deeper Personal Connection with Each Other and God in the New Year…
In her striving to follow the commandments of God, the only thoughts the Theotokos filled herself with those dedicated to God. She prepared her body and soul to be a pure vessel for the Lord. May we too fill our souls with the love of God and receive His Holy Spirit in the sanctified … Continue reading Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives
Bobby Maddex's Interview with Veronica Hughes on Ancient Faith Presents: http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/features/saint_veronica_an_eastern_orthodox_historical_overview_and_liturgical_servi Author’s Introduction from, In Christ I am New Creation, Part 1 Our Regeneration by Grace as Orthodox Christians “Divine grace confers on us two gifts through the baptism of regeneration, one being infinitely superior to the other. The first gift is given to us … Continue reading Ancient Faith Radio Presents a podcast interview with Veronica Hughes about her newly published books: St. Veronica and In Christ I am a New Creation
In honor of my new calendar Names's Day for St. Veronica July 12/25, I am posting her new knotakion and a story from her new book I just published with the blessing of Bishop Benjamin. Holy Mother Veronica pray to God for us! Kontakion: Tone 5 O radiant star in the heavenly realm! O glory … Continue reading New Kontakion for St. Veronica
Saint Veronica An Eastern Orthodox Historical Overview and Liturgical Service $11.95 Softcover/full color interior Order a Book Blessed by Bishop Benjamin, OCA Passage from the Liturgical Services of this book: Vespers Lord I have cried, Tone 8 A woman with an issue of blood, who had suffered much and spent all she had on physicians, … Continue reading St. Veronica Life and Liturgical Service, A New Book Release, June 2018
We often use or hear the word "trial" or "temptation", which appears, for example in the Lords Prayer, and in many spiritual writings of the Church. What do we mean by this word? The trial is anything that leads us to a difficult place or to a crisis; it is anything that places pressure or … Continue reading Faith and the Temptations and Trails we face… St. Maximos the Confessor
A Beautiful Journey By Nina T. Hawker on June 8, 2018 Format: Paperback I received your book on Friday and could not put it down! In spite of my otherwise busy schedule, I finished your book on Sunday morning! What a gift you have given to this modern world! Your message is so genuine, raw … Continue reading New Review of “In Christ I am a New Creation
The Holy Spirit has descended! From Heaven to Earth! "Grant Thou a speedy and lasting consolation unto Thy servants, O Jesus, when our spirits are despondent. Be not parted from our souls when they be in affliction; be Thou not far from our minds when we are in perils, but do thou ever anticipate our … Continue reading Grant Thou O Lord…
I am starting up my blog again! I published my second book in June of 2017 and then shortly after, I lost my dear husband, Gregory and moved. I am resurfacing and starting up my writing and work again. May God bless! After any of us loses someone we dearly love, a part of us … Continue reading The Good Shepard knows His sheep and they know His Voice
Dear Readers, Glory to God for all things! In this my return to my blog post after two years of absence, I am so thrilled to announce that my second book is now available. If you would like to order a copy you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The wonderful introduction to my book written … Continue reading “In Christ I am a New Creation, Taking up My Cross”, the long awaited first part of the sequel the to “The Pearl of Great Price” has been published!
The Break with the World: Step 1: Renunciation “A friend of God is one who lives in communion with all that is natural and free from sin and who does not neglect to do what good he can. The self-controlled man strives with all his might amidst the trials, the snares, the noise of the … Continue reading The Aquisition of the Holy Spirit – Step One: The Break with the World
Preserving Our Stillness and Joy It has been a while since I have recorded a podcast. The week before the weekend of The Cross, I contracted a terrible flu, which went viral and affected my brain! It was the most intense experience I have ever lived through. I had hallucinations for 10 days I went … Continue reading Preserving Our Stillness and Joy, airing in May 2015 on OCN
Sensual Judgment and Curiosity The Robbers of Our Communion with God and Inner Stillness "Try to be free of curiosity, for it can defile stillness as nothing else can." St. John Climacus In this podcast Veronica examines the sensual aspect of our fallen nature and how our physical senses and curious tendencies can entice and … Continue reading Sensual Judgment and Curiosity, the Robbers of Our Communion with God and Inner Stillness, airing March 2015
Entering the Arena–Great Lent Begins Again It’s that time of year again most of us fear and love at the same time. Great Lent! One of my pastors said, ‘How we enter and participate in the first week of Lent is very important. Our struggles in the first week, in Pure Week, set the tone … Continue reading Entering the Arena–Great Lent Begins Again, Podcast airing mid-Feb. 2015
Orthodox Missionary Work, Finding the Lost Sheep Chapter 15 of the Gospel of Luke begins with, “Then drew near to Him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him… What man of you having a hundred sheep, if he should loose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine, and go after … Continue reading Orthodox Missionary Work, Finding the Lost Sheep, Podcast airing early Feb. 2015
Most of us are not thrilled about fasting – which part of the struggle we all confront when we begin a fast. How do we joyfully and thankfully approach fasting? How do we prepare ourselves to receive Christ into the manger of our souls? How can the Mary be a guide to us this Advent? … Continue reading Drawing closer to the Mother of God during Advent, Part I airing on OCN mid-Nov.
“For it is absolutely necessary for the grace of God to leave, once a tried struggler has acquired a good taste of it in the beginning, so that he may be tested and become a practiced soldier in Christ.” Elder Joseph My last few podcasts have focused on fighting our spiritual battles as members of … Continue reading The Dance Between Temptations and Grace, Part II, Airing on OCN beginning of November
The Dance Between Temptations and Grace Part 1 "As the Vespers service finished, I reflected on the newly tonsured nuns. They had waited years for this moment. They had struggled and fought temptations, passions, bad thoughts, and here they were at the true beginning of their monastic life. Things would become harder, … Continue reading The Dance Between Temptations and Grace, Part 1
"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." (Matt 11: 12) St. Ambrose writes: “This is the weapon of a righteous man: to win while retreating, as skilled archers are able, while in retreat, to hit those stronger than themselves.” … Continue reading Part 2 on Spiritual Violence, airing on OCN Oct. 22
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matt 11: 12) Our Lord’s life and ministry was one of spiritual violence - from the death of 14,000 children by Herod to His own voluntary death. Let us explore His words … Continue reading Part 1, Spiritual Violence, airing September 19th
Part 2 on Prayer The Reverent Approach to Loving Union with God If we live in the world – we most likely are struggling with our prayer life. How can we transform our prayers so that they are more meaningful? How can we focus our mind in our hearts so that we … Continue reading Part 2 on Prayer, The Reverent Approach to Loving Union with God, airing August 20th
Faith vs. Knowledge Part 2 It is not that knowledge is blameworthy, but that faith is higher… What are the distinctions in knowledge; in which degree (when knowledge returns to its primary aim – the spiritual life) it comes into its nature and by its good discipline (fasting, alms, vigils, holiness… … Continue reading Faith vs. Knowledge Part 2, Podcast airing July 16th on Pearls of Great Price, OCN
Faith and 'The fear of God' Christ has Ascended! From Earth to Heaven! I often choose the quotes and subjects for my podcasts based on what I want to learn more deeply myself, while preparing the way for a deeper understanding of our regeneration by grace. I am going to be spending … Continue reading First podcast in a series on Faith, airing June 4th
Humility Christ is Risen! In Truth He is Risen! “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 18:4) "How is it that the Saints never recognize their saintliness? Simply put: they see themselves in comparison … Continue reading Humility, airing May 21, Veronica’s next podcast on OCN
PRAYER Summary of Veronica's Commentary: The second building block in our cooperation with God in our regeneration by grace is PRAYER. Cooperation implies communication, respect, intimacy and love. All of these need to present when we pray. The Orthodox Church has given us a starting structure … Continue reading “Prayer”, Airing 4/16/14, Veronica’s next podcast on OCN
"During the Great Lenten Fast, each day brings on new challenges regarding the health of our soul. Trials and temptations, especially during this fast period, confront us. But we must struggle to bring about a peaceful heart, and bring forth the healing we need, that our soul gain spiritual strength. Reacting to another’s negativity does … Continue reading During the Lenten Fast we must work for inner peace…
"The most radical thing is to keep always the feeling of our own insufficiency in relation to God. Then we will enter a permanent state of tension between self-condemnation and the love of Christ, between repentance and hope in the mercy of God. On the one hand, we live in anguish at being so far … Continue reading The Tension That Keeps us Striving Towards Our Salvation…
Man’s highest goal and purpose, the union of the soul with God, is a primary principle in the works of Saint Macarius. Describing the methods for attaining mystical communion, the saint relies upon the experience of the great teachers of Egyptian monasticism and on his own experience. The way to God and the experience … Continue reading On the Purpose of Our Life on Earth… By Saint Marcarius the Great of Egypt.