The Beautiful Life

written by Corey Hatfield The ancient Greek philosophers, and later the early church fathers, stated that there were three prime virtues: goodness, truth and beauty. Most Christians would readily affirm this statement and even proclaim that they are trying to live a good and honest life. However, how many of us would honestly be able to say that we are actively pursuing a beautiful life? As Orthodox Christians we understand this to mean that we not only live our spiritual life in a beautiful … [Read more...]

Stewardship

The subject of stewardship is a difficult one for me to write about because I am often a very poor steward. Yet again and again the Gospel challenges us to improve in this area of our spiritual life. One text that highlights stewardship for me is the story of the rich man and poor Lazarus. The simple moral of the story is that the rich man is condemned not because he is rich but because he does not use his wealth to alleviate the sufferings of a man outside his own door. The rich man, like … [Read more...]

Reflection, Making Plans and our Community’s Strategic Plan

Making a plan and deciding how you are going to progress in your spiritual life and relationship with Jesus Christ may at first appear a bit unusual. However, making plans and setting goals is a natural part of how we go about our daily lives. The same is true in the Church. Our God created the world and the universe according to an incredible plan. One of the prayers of the Church calls our Creator the Great Architect of our Souls. Meaning not only did God create the universe according to a … [Read more...]

The Dormition of the Mother of God

Transcript from remarks given by Fr. Evan on the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. Sermon 8.15.14 – The Dormition of the Theotokos In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Many years to all of you on this Great Feast Day, that of the Dormition or the Falling Asleep of the Mother of God. To many of you who celebrate your name day, we wish God’s blessings upon you. This morning, the Church assigns to the liturgy, a reading that may seem a bit … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios’ Ten Suggestions for Lent

Archbishop Demetrios offered ten suggestions for each Orthodox Christian to strive for during the Lenten season, during his homily at the annual Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Clean Monday Retreat, March 14, at the Holy Cross Chapel in Brookline, Mass. Below is an edited excerpt of these ten suggestions. Ten Suggestions for Lent By His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America Meditate on the History of Salvation Think of the Lenten period as a … [Read more...]

Food, Money, Diets, & Fasting

A few years ago the feature article in National Geographic was “The Heavy Cost of Fat.” In this short, but interesting, article the eating patterns of Americans were placed under the microscope. The bottom line was that we are eating more of everything: vegetables, sugars, grains, fruits, fats and oils, and protein. In fact, Americans eat on average 1,775 pounds of food each year, up from 1,497 pounds in 1970, an 18.5% increase. The end result is that one out of three Americans is obese, and the … [Read more...]

What Makes the Desert Beautiful

May 26, 2015 / Jean Hoefling This is an excerpt of the article originally published by Relief Journal, a Christian online publication. Click the link below for full article. What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince My priest said words to this effect, back in Lent when I went to confession: “We have this idea that life is about a good night’s sleep and a full stomach. Comfort isn’t a sign that all is well. It’s … [Read more...]