“…we must guard against thinking that a humble heart is easily acquired. Although we are attracted to humility, we should anticipate a battle in the soul. The cost of humility on Christ’s terms is an all-out fight against our self-serving pride and vainglory. The humility we perceive in Christ our God requires a lifelong dedication to putting to death our carelessness, arrogance, selfishness, and self-indulgence.” (OCPM 7/31/2017) “Have you ever noticed how most truly humble
“The mobility of populations…does violence to the extended family, having rendered one of the most fundamental structures of human existence seemingly obsolete. Its absence is devastating in the destruction of the social order. We have quietly made an agreement to prefer economic progress to the stability of family. The global economy requires that we agree to make capital movable regardless of its impact on local communities. Whole cities and regions can be turned into ghost
“It’s interesting that educators once thought the self-esteem movement would one day serve as a type of vaccine for our children. They were wrong. Research is telling us that the movement has turned us into a more narcissistic society. Indeed, the only true vaccine any child or adult ever needs is a life in Christ, who wards off any threat we face as Christian in the secular world.” (Tom Papagiannis, LCSW) “When the word self-esteem is found in English language translations
"I can easily be distracted from the “signs” with which God is choosing to reveal Himself in my life, through the situations and human beings in my immediate surroundings. I can become preoccupied with other issues, like far-away events I follow in the news (never satisfying), or even the weather, in a way that distracts me from my immediate responsibilities; in a way that distracts me from the presence of Christ and His signs in my own life. So let me keep my heart and my ey
“God created man with an inner sense that there is something bigger out there, something that transcends mankind. That something is God and He requires recognition. The created world points us to God, but we suppress that truth, preferring to put ourselves in the place of God, in effect saying, “There is no God but me.” (Foundation Study Bible, Romans 1:18-19) “We are surrounded by the many miracles of life, and yet we fail to recognize them.” (Tim Hansel) “Unfortunately, mor
Michael does 1-2 blogs monthly for The Orthodox Christian Network that reach thousands worldwide. His series is titled "Understanding and Living our Faith." July 8 Blog, "The Downside of Books and the Written Word." “The person who is in communion with Him who inspired those who wrote the Divine Scriptures, and is initiated by Him into the undivulged secrets…"
“Unity is a difficult thing, perhaps the most elusive of all Christian realities…Unity has always been an American ideal, but uniformity is undesirable." (Father Stephen Freeman, Bishop John of Amorion) "Is it not a great cruelty for us Christians, members of the body of the Holy Church, to attack one another?...Our principle should be: In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in everything, love.” (St. Catherine of Siena, Life Application Study Bible, Romans 14:1-23)
“I’m in therapy.” Has anyone ever said this to you, or perhaps confessed it? People say this for various reasons. It may be that they are having a health-related physical issue that requires rehabilitative physical therapy. In these instances people usually just tell you if they are so inclined. It could be that they are in counseling for mental health reasons and have the courage and spiritual sense to seek help. Usually people adopt a confessional tone, rather than simply t