"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…
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
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.
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
With the Saints give rest O Lord, to the souls of they servants! For in Thee have we placed our hope, O our Creator and Fashioner and God! When I look back at what it took for my Italian Grandfather, Pietro, to bring his family to America in 1921, for a better life and how … Continue reading Praying for our departed loved ones.
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