There are three pillars that allow the love of Christ to flourish in a family and in relationships. Our love is incomplete but Christ’s love completes us—and those around us. The pillars are peace, which is a product of the Holy Spirit; humility, which allows us to recognize our shortcomings; and the courage to desire to follow God in a world that pulls us away from Him. Each pillar uniquely draws us to our Creator and then opens our heart for His love to reign within us and in the hearts of our ... [Read more]
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Fr. Timothy Pavlatos, a licensed marriage and family therapist and a nationally certified counselor, and his wife, Presvyetera Vicki, know a thing or two about raising children—after all, they are rearing their nine children together. Still, amid shifting cultural values and a host of other modern-day challenges, bringing up kids today is no easy matter. And yet, God’s grace could help play a big role in this equation—if we let Him. Not too long ago, Fr. Timothy, the Family Wellness ... [Read more]
We are all familiar with the need to convert our hearts and minds to become more fully Orthodox, and this most useful book, Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home, by Elissa Bjeletich and Caleb Shoemaker, helps us to also convert our homes and family life into living more fully as Orthodox Christians as well. Blueprints does an excellent job in helping the reader understand not only what the “Little Church” is all about, but also how to transform and convert our homes and ... [Read more]
Q: Stories about people with depression seem to pop up everywhere today: in print media, on the web, and on morning talk shows. Give us a working definition of depression, and tell us how it is different from just having the blues once in a while. Fr. Tom: Life is filled with many challenges and opportunities that create normal emotional ups and downs, sometimes referred to as “having the blues.” But when a person finds herself stuck in the “down” times for a long duration, she may be in the ... [Read more]
A key element in the success of any relationship is the ability to listen. Throughout our many years of marriage, raising a family, and interacting with other couples and families, we have seen a variety of listening styles that impact the ways in which couples and spouses relate to one another. These behaviors stem more from the needs of the listener than those of the speaker. Common listening behaviors Let me fix this: These kinds of listeners believe it is their duty to solve everyone’s ... [Read more]
Our daughter Olivia was five and our son Petros was a newborn when we saw the now legendary movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, starring Nia Vardalos for the first time in 2002. Though many regard it as a comedy, we perceive it more of a documentary—a movie that was plenty hilarious, a bit haunting and something we as Greek Americans can be proud of and at the same time—humbled. My wife, Kim, and I find it ironic and timely that the main character’s (Toula) baby girl in the stroller in the ... [Read more]
Adolescents transitioning into college face a unique set of challenges. While this new adventure often brings a sense of autonomy and perhaps even invincibility, many young adults also experience unspoken feelings of self-doubt and fear. Having completed high school, many students might feel overwhelmed by questions from parents, teachers and peers alike on what they hope to do with their life now that high school is behind them. As they walk on stage, diploma in hand, even the most prepared ... [Read more]