The Restorative Power Of Vacations

In the computing world, when it seems all hope is lost, one simply hits the ctrl, alt, delete keys and the computer resets and all is back to normal.  Sure, you might lose whatever you were just working on, but work can now continue.  Vacation works the same way - they reset our lives. I have just returned from a two week family vacation in Florida, I know, who goes to Florida in July?  My family gathered in Cocoa Beach for a family reunion.  We restarted this tradition a few years ago and now t … [Read More...]



I was ordained to the priesthood 10 years and in that time many people have moved in and out of my life.  Some stayed around for a while and others came in and moved out.  Yvonne was one of the ones who came in and stayed. For the last few years, here at St. Michael, we have been running a meal for people in the community.  All sorts of people come to the meal and we have really established a great community spirit.  Yvonne used to come to the meal and she would sit opposite the kitchen, she alw … [Read More...]


The Work of a Leader Begins at Liturgy

By Andrew Estocin “Let no man’s place, or dignity, or riches, puff him up; and let no man’s low condition or poverty abase him. For the chief points are faith towards God, hope towards Christ, the enjoyment of those good things for which we look, and love towards God and our neighbor.” (St. Ignatius of Antioch) Discussions about leadership appear everywhere in American Orthodoxy. Today, there are countless paid professionals, webinars, and conferences that all claim to improve Orthodox Christ … [Read More...]

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Summer Challenge: Springfield Armory

From the Brochure: From its position at the crest of a hill overlooking the Connecticut River, Springfield Armory exerted a profound influence over the City of Springfield and the nation. It carried out the manufacturing, storage, repair, testing and development functions assigned by the United States Army. In doing so it stimulated technological innovation, encouraged improved manufacturing processes, and fostered increased use of laborsaving machines. All of this had an impact on American … [Read More...]


Healing of the Spirit

“If anyone among you is sick?  Let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over him.” James 5:14 There seems to be a fear amongst Orthodox for the Anointing of the sick.  Perhaps this is a throwback to the days when this Sacrament was, mistakenly, called “last rites.”  Because of this fear many of us will not call the priest when we are sick but rather I get the call to let me know that so and so was in hospital but is now home.  I think do for some they think I am the grim reap … [Read More...]

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Top Posts of the Past Week

Here are the Top Posts of the past week here at Shepherd of Souls The Mendi Bible Enduring Hostility for Jesus' Sake Sermon ~ 4th Sunday after Pentecost The Confederate Flag at Washington and Lee Colonial Terms Still in Use Summer Challenge ~ Adams National Historic Park Orthodoxy and Contraception Sermon ~ Not One Dot or Iota Will be Changed Sermon ~ Get out of the Boat Wedding Sermon   … [Read More...]


The Confederate Flag at Washington and Lee

For the past few months, students at Washington and Lee University have been petitioning the University Administration to remove the Confederate Flags that are hung next to a statue of Robert E. Lee and also in Lee Chapel on the grounds of the University.  (After the Civil War, Robert E Lee became President of the University and after his tenure the name of the University was changed from Washington University to Washington and Lee.) I fully understand the reason behind the petition to remove … [Read More...]


Summer Challenge: Seminary Ridge Museum

I have been vacationing in Florida the past few days for a family reunion but the Summer Challenge Continues.  If you would like some background on the Summer Challenge, see this post.  Although the challenge was for local sites I could not pass up the opportunity to see the new Seminary Ridge Museum at Gettysburg and it was worth the trip. The Seminary Ridge Museum is located in the original building of the Lutheran Theological Seminary located on Seminary Ridge overlooking the Gettysburg b … [Read More...]