Faith and the Temptations and Trails we face… St. Maximos the Confessor


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

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New Review of “In Christ I am a New Creation


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

“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!


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 thepearlofgreatprice@yahoo.com. 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!

O Come, O Come Emanuel…., Part 3 on the Mother of God, The Holy Manifestation of her Virtue, The Incarnation of the Word


Happy Holidays! Blessed Nativity! “O come, O come Emanuel! Held ransom captive Israel. That mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appears. Rejoice! Rejoice Emanuel shall come to thee O Israel.” We are awaiting the Incarnation of the Word, as Mary did so many years ago. St. Nickolai Velomirovic will be giving … Continue reading O Come, O Come Emanuel…., Part 3 on the Mother of God, The Holy Manifestation of her Virtue, The Incarnation of the Word

Mary, the First Hesyachist – Part II – “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart”


Mary, the First Hesyachist Part II “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” While in the womb of the Advent Fast, awaiting the birth of Christ, let us enter into the prayer life of the Theotokos, whom St. Gregory Palamas called the first hesyachist and reflect on the value of … Continue reading Mary, the First Hesyachist – Part II – “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart”

Drawing closer to the Mother of God during Advent, Part I airing on OCN mid-Nov.


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.

The Dance Between Temptations and Grace, Part 1


  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