Good therapy helps a person to get clearer on who they are. Where we are with ourselves, where we are with our relationships, where we are with our personal habits and ultimately where we are with our connection with God. Self reflection is a courageous choice of those who seek a healthy life. Socrates is known for saying, “The unexamined life is not worth living." Viktor Frankl, a famous Austrian psychiatrist and holocaust survivor wrote: “When we are no longer able to ... [Read more]
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There is a story from the early Christian monastics that tells of a student approaching his spiritual father and saying something like, “Father, I am continually struggling with these wandering thoughts. What should I do?” The father replies, “Can you stop those birds from flying over our heads?” “No, father “Can you stop them from swooping down and building a nest on your ... [Read more]
A few nights ago, my son was falling asleep on my shoulder as I was reading Galatians 4:4-7. In brief, it says that God sent forth His son to redeem us so that we might receive adoption from God. Since we are now His children, God sent forth the Spirit into our hearts to cry ‘Abba Father’. We are not slaves, but heirs of God through Christ. Time and time again, I am struck by the fact that God wants us for his children. It hit me especially that night because my son was so near, and ... [Read more]
There’s an old story that may not be true about a monk that trapped a demon in his cell. The demon begged release, and the monk said that he would release him only if the demon sang the songs of the angels, which the demon had sung prior to the fall. The demon protests but finally gives in. As the demon sings, he is transfigured back into his original angelic being and is saved from hell. That is a very brief rendition of the story, and I have no way of knowing if it is true or not; however, I ... [Read more]
“In a home filled with prayer, God is tasted, prayer is as natural as breathing, and Holy Tradition is passed to the next generation less by preaching than by life example.” ~ Sister Magdalen of Essex (21 Century) Imagine, if prayer were as natural as breathing? Praying together as a family takes commitment and effort. Our kiddos can often be squirmy and wiggly, yet once they witness the rhythm of prayer in the home, they too, will join along and experience one of the greatest ... [Read more]
The apolotikion we chant on our Lord’s baptism reminds us of another extraordinary event that changed the course of this world. "At Your baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest, for the Father’s voice bore You witness, by calling You His beloved Son, and the Spirit in the form of a dove, confirmed the truth of the Father’s Word. O Christ our God, You have appeared to us and enlightened the world. Glory to You!" This hymn confirms for us Orthodox ... [Read more]
by Georgia Leckie Often times it is difficult for our younger ones to fully understand the importance of giving. And the Christmas season for “The littles” is so much about the “I wants!” It fulfills us to give them special gifts. But teaching them the importance of sharing our blessed abundance is what we as Christian parents and grandparents are called to do. Three years ago I read about a Mom who opted out of the Advent Calendar of treats, gifts and ornaments. She created the “Advent ... [Read more]