Michael does 1-2 blogs monthly for The Orthodox Christian Network that reach thousands worldwide. His series is titled "Understanding and Living our Faith." May 29 Blog, "Embracing Our Woundedness" “The more we become clear about our places of wounding, the more freedom we gain because we are no longer controlled by unconscious impulses.” (St…."
“…we define “life” as the time we spend on earth. We define “death” as the time when “life” ends. In the eyes of God, “life” means being in the presence of God, and “death” denotes the absence of God. One who is “dead” is absent from God. That’s why those who are in heaven are said to inherit “eternal life,” and those who are in hell are the ones who are truly “dead.” “Life” as we call it, should be redefined as “preparation.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis) “Life means livin
“The Church does not make claims about religion. It proclaims the truth of God, the truth of being human, and the nature of the world itself and all life within it.” (Father Stephen Freeman) “...the church can’t just be the place you go on Sundays—it must become the center of your life. That is, you may visit your house of worship only once a week, but what happens there in worship, and the community and the culture it creates, must be the things around which you order the re
"Adam is lonely, already in his prelapsarian state (before “the fall”). Adam is not created as a self-sufficient being, but as one in need of community and companionship. This is not a “deficiency,” but part of Adam’s God-like nature. Adam is created in the image and likeness of God, Who also exists in community; in the Community of Three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin) “We were created in love by God and for God. God reveals this to us at the be
“While He is incarnate, God gloriously reveals Himself on Mount Tabor within the hearts of Peter, James, and John. When the body of the Lord is transfigured, the mortal eyes of these disciples see a radiance from the uncreated Light (Mt 17:1-9)…When the Lord is transfigured, He does not lay aside His humanity. Rather, He illumines His humanity with His divinity, and this they see. That transfiguration of human nature has important consequences, for now all men have the capaci
“To have fallen is not as grievous as to remain prostrate after falling and not to get up again…” (St. John Chrysostom) "If the spiritual battle seems hopeless and the struggle too much for you, do not be disheartened and do not give up...Falling and getting up again, starting over— this is what repentance and Christian devotion are all about." (Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou) “When life knocks you to your knees, and it will, why, get up! If it knocks you to your knees
During one of the adult religious education classes I teach each Sunday, a woman became quite upset with me. Another person in the class had brought up Pope Francis and because it was known in my parish that I had gone to the Vatican and met the Pope in a private audience, we digressed briefly into discussing that visit. We talked about the various things we thought the Pope was doing that we all agreed were good for the Catholic Church and Christianity in general. She bec
“From sinful arrogance there follows the inversion of truth…Sin inverts the good order of God, so that mankind calls “evil good and good evil” (Is 5:20).” (OCPM 3/23/2016, 4/30/2017) “Inversion of truth leads to arrogance…In our modern age this sin [pride/vainglory] and its corresponding virtue [humility] have become strangely inverted, for humility and meekness are despised while self-esteem and pride are exalted as salve for the psyche…If we do anything, no matter how trifl