Less is More

For the last few weeks I have been participating in the 40 Days of Pastoral Blogging exercise established by my friend Fr. John Peck.  He has been giving us ideas on what to blog about but this is the first topic that I am using and I think it is a good one following on Thanksgiving. Today is Black Friday, a day that many Americans will head to the malls and other places to buy worthless items that they believe will show their loved one just how much they are loved.  They will camp out, stand … [Read More...]

Presidential Proclamation — Thanksgiving Day, 2014

THANKSGIVING DAY, 2014 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Thanksgiving Day invites us to reflect on the blessings we enjoy and the freedoms we cherish.  As we gather with family and friends to take part in this uniquely American celebration, we give thanks for the extraordinary opportunities we have in a Nation of limitless possibilities, and we pay tribute to all those who defend our Union as members of our Armed Forces.  This holiday reminds us to … [Read More...]

Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

Violence in America

I have not watched much of the coverage of the violence in Ferguson Missouri and other cities around the country.  On Tuesday I waited for the announcement of the Grand Juries decision, and no I don’t believe there was some conspiracy to the time it was announced.  I was not on the street on the night the events took place nor was I in the room with jurors who made the decision.  I do not understand all of the legal stuff nor do I want too, so I really do not have an opinion on the decision … [Read More...]


The First Thanksgiving Proclamation

June 20, 1676 "The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgements he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly … [Read More...]


1783 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By His EXCELLENCY John Hancock, Esq. GOVERNOR of the COMMONWEALTH of Massachusetts. A PROCLAMATION, For a Day of Public Thanksgiving. In consideration of the many undeserved Blessings conferred upon us by GOD, the Father of all Mercies; it becomes us no only in our private and usual devotion, to express our obligations to Him, as well as our dependence upon Him; but also specially to set a part a Day to be employed for this great and important Purpose: I … [Read More...]


Do Not Store Up in Barns

“When someone steals another's clothes, we call them a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.” ― Basil the Great … [Read More...]


Amphilokios, Bishop of Iconium

FROM THE SYNAXARION On November 23 in the Holy Orthodox Church we continue to celebrate the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Holy of Holies, and we commemorate our father among the saints Amphilokios, bishop of Iconium. Verses Sent forth in dead man’s dress, O Amphilokios, Though dead, thou dost scatter spiritual ambushes. On the twenty-third, death took Amphilokios. Amphilokios was a friend of St. Basil the Great and other great saints of the fourth century. He lived in a cave in … [Read More...]

Top Posts of the Last Week

Here is a list of the Top Posts of the Last Week here at Shepherd of Souls Traditions of Blessings Determination Come and See Image of Christ Thanksgiving Prayer Lost Sheep Massachusetts Religious Leaders Joint Statement Orthodoxy and Contraception Do Symbols Matter The Holy Apostle Matthew … [Read More...]