Monthly Archives: May 2012

What a ride! Newly posted book review

5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride, May 16, 2012
This review is from: The Pearl of Great Price: The Spiritual Journey of a New Age Seeker to the Light of Christ and the Eastern Orthodox Church (Paperback)

Author Veronica Hughes takes the reader on a fast paced wild ride through the world of spirituality. A baby-boomer seeker, she ventures from Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and a host of other New-Age religious schools and metaphysical movements to the Eastern Orthodox Church. It’s basically her life story as the child of an Italian immigrant, baptized into Catholicism, marrying early in life, and pursuing different forms of spirituality to provide healing. Along the way she becomes an educator and authority in channeling messages from ascended masters. After various dissapointments and depression she finds her spiritual home in Christian Orthodoxy. An enjoyable read, I highly recommend it. I notice she also has a website containing some useful resources. Thank you for sharing your story Veronica and I look forward to your next book.

Veronica Hughes will be Kevin Allen’s Guest on Ancient Faith Radio, August 19th

August 19: About the “New Age Movement”…

5-6:30 PM Pacific time

Guest: Veronica Hughes, author of The Pearl of Great Price: The Spiritual Journey of a New Age Seeker to the Light of Christ and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

This link takes you to the complete run-down of the show format:

The show streams live as we are recording it. Just like regular terrestrial radio except that you get this program via the Internet or Internet radio. We also record it for downloads after it streams live. It can be downloaded – after the show – on the archives of AFR (

During the show’s live time-frame (Sunday, August 19th, 5pm/Pacific – 6:30 PM/Pacific) the program streams (live) on Ancient Faith Radio Talk. Listeners can access it either through their computer ( by clicking on the TALK button, or through Internet Radio (if they have one). There are two options at the top of the AFR page – Music and Talk. We are on the latter.

We also take live listener calls during the show time-frame (if they want to ask you a question or make a comment for you to respond to). The call-in number is: 1-855-AFRADIO; 1-855-237-2346. The call screener will ask the caller what the question is, etc. and if the question fits where we are in the conversation, I’ll take the call. The listener will then be heard on the program, streaming live.Guest: Veronica Hughes, author of The Pearl of Great Price: The Spiritual Journey of a New Age Seeker to the Light of Christ and the Eastern Orthodox Church. This link takes you to the complete run-down of the show format:

About St. Veronica, my other guardian angel!

From the Pearl of Great Price:

Part III, My Conversion

Chapter 3

My Baptism

Newly baptized Orthodox Christians always receive a baptismal name. Since it’s a saint’s name, the hope is that the newly illumined will emulate his or her saint’s example. My parents named me Paula, my Italian grandmother’s middle name. St. Paula was an Italian martyr. Rather than returning to that name, I decided to choose yet another name for myself, perhaps because I longed for this to be a new beginning at every level.

I read about the lives of perhaps a hundred women saints before I read about St. Veronica. Not only was she “the woman with an issue of blood” who touched the hem of Christ’s garment and was healed of her blood disorder, she was also the woman who wiped Christ’s face as he was carrying the cross to be crucified. Married (unlike most of the saints) and an artist, St. Veronica traveled as a missionary after Christ’s death, bringing the word of the gospel of Christ, and the miraculous healing cloth with His image, to others. I identified with her life, especially with regard to her prolonged health struggles and her desire to acquire faith in God.

Several days before my baptism, I shared my intention to assume a new name with my eternally patient parents. Their mouths dropped open. “Not another name change!” they exclaimed, feeling chagrined. “Forgive me!” I assured them. “This is truly the last name change I’ll ever make. I’ve had too many spiritual names given to me in other religions. I need to start fresh. This name will not be my legal name, just my church and communion name.” Sighing in relief, they smiled and gave me their blessing to proceed. They were thankful that I was returning to the Church and finding a measure of peace.

Other information about St. Veronica:

I found out recently that she was the wife of Zacchaeus and a relative of King Herod:

Described as a short man, then Zacchaeus climbed up a sycamore fig tree so that he might be able to see Jesus. When Jesus reached the spot he looked up into the branches, addressed Zacchaeus by name, and told him to come down, for he intended to visit his house. The crowd was shocked that Jesus, a Jew, would sully himself by being a guest of a tax collector.

Moved by the audacity of Jesus’s undeserved love and acceptance, Zacchaeus publicly repented of acts of corruption and vowed to make restitution for them, and held a feast at his house.

According to Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich in The Prologue from Ohrid:

This is the woman with the issue of blood, whom the Lord healed (Matt. 9:20). In gratitude to the Lord her healer, Veronica caused a statue of the Lord Jesus to be made, before which she prayed to God. By tradition, this statue was preserved up to the time of Julian the Apostate, when it was altered to become a statue of Zeus. This is one of the very rare occasions that a holy statue has been used in the Eastern Church. As is known, this later became a common custom in the Western Churches. St Veronica remained faithful to Christ till death, and entered peacefully into rest.

I was instantly transfixed on your journey….

I just called Barnes and Noble to order your book and am so excited to receive it! I saw your video on youtube. I instantly was transfixed on your spiritual journey and hence have ordered the book. Mine is a similar journey. I am an Anglican priest who loves Eastern Orthodoxy.

Your friend and brother,

Fr Anthony C.
Click here to watch a Youtube video of Veronica filmed in Platiina, CA where she wrote her book.