Monthly Archives: February 2012

On Great Lent and Repentance


Before we enter the Lenten fast, we are reminded that there can be no true fast, no genuine repentance, no reconciliation with God, unless we are at the same time reconciled with one another. A fast without mutual love is the fasted demons…  we do not travel the road of Lent as isolated individuals but as members of a family.

Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia, The Inner Unity of the Triodion. The Lenten Triodion, p. 47.

The Grace of God answering my prayers – after years of struggles with fibromyalgia – I am now on the road to recovery!!!


From 1999-2000 I suffered one of the worst setbacks in my life. Due to acute pain and inflammation, I was bed ridden for 9 months. I could not sit, stand or lie without being in pain. Everything practitioners gave me to do made me worse. Though I had some spinal issues in my MRI – the problems were not severe enough to account for the levels of pain I was experiencing.

It was during this painful and challenging time of my life that I turned to the Jesus Prayer and found Jesus in my heart. That was the first step towards healing. I am writing about this in my sequel to my Pearl of Great Price.

Until I had surrendered my will to God, I could not begin to heal. What a process I went through! It was shortly after my surrender that I found a physical therapist who informed me I had Fibro and helped me to get back on my feet, but I never fully recovered.

I was starting to have pain again on the levels that I experienced prior to becoming bedridden in 2000. Unwilling to ever return to that place again – I have been praying and researching whatever would come my way. Nothing hit the nail on the head until a friend at church, who is a chiropractor, had a patient that was recovering from fibro. When I told her I had Fibro she gave me a note, “Phosphates and the name of the MD, Melissa Congdon.

I talked with Dr. Congdon and purchased the book, What your doctor may not tell you about Fibromyalgia, by Dr. Paul St. Amand, prior to going to see her. What an eye opener! So little was/has been known about how to effectively treat and reverse Fibro until now.

Fibro is genetic!!! People with Fibro lack certain enzymes in their kidneys that help to eliminate phosphates. Over time the phosphates must go somewhere – so it combines with calcium and water to form fibro nodules in tissues and organs causing all kinds of symptoms/pain. That is why fibro is so hard to pin down, diagnose and treat effectively until now.

For the first time in years not only do I have hope that I can recover through an effective treatment for fibromyalgia, but when my husband read Dr. Amand’s book he realized he has been suffering from fibro his whole life as well. We are both now on the protocol developed and used by 1000’s of patients that have worked with Dr. Amand and recovered!

Thank you Dear Lord for answering my prayers!!!

If you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms – you need to read Dr. Amand’s book.

The below links shed new light on fibromyalgia:

In a book written by Dr. Paul St. Amand, What Your Doctor may not tell you about Fibromyalgia, Dr. Amand gives you 40 years of research with 1000’s of patients about the genetic syndrome called fibromyalgia, as well as, a protocol to reverse it. There is hope for those of us who suffer from this disease!

I have read the book and am currenlty following the protocol under the supervision of Dr. Melissa Congdon, Corte Madera, CA, who trained with Dr. Amand and has personally recovered from fibromyalgia following Dr. Amand’s protocol.

St. Paisius Missionary School – The Opportunity for Immersion into Orthodoxy


I am currently hard at would on my second book, The Pearl of Great Price, Volume II, I am a New Creation. 

Part of my spiritual journey after converting to Eastern Orthodox Christianity involved  the integration of an Orthodox worldview into every aspect of my being and life. Why was this so important and so challenging for me and perhaps other converts to Orthodoxy?

Taken from my new book:

The more I studied and prayed, the more I realized how little I understood what an Orthodox worldview was. I was raised in the West as a Western Catholic. How I approached Orthodoxy was from of a combination of my Western, Western Catholic, post-Renaissance, humanistic, and secular views mixed in with all kinds of New Age, non-Christian ideologies and Eastern religions. I called this my minestrone soup worldview! I realized more frequently after my conversion that my instincts, my whole way of viewing life, was Western and innately flawed, but how? Where had my/our thinking gone astray? Why? How was my spiritual life at the mercy of my minestrone soup worldview?”

St. Paisius Missionary School was an essential part of my re-formation – part of my becoming a new creation in Christ in Orthodoxy. Please check out their website and contact them if you are interested in bringing a deeper experience of Orthodoxy to your parish or might be interested for yourself and family. Fr. Michael Oyer and Fr. Phillip Tolbert offer at least one or more retreats a year. Here is their website:

http://stpaisius.org/about-us/