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.
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