The Face Of Evil

Over the last few weeks the world has come face to face with an absolute evil known as the group ISIS or whatever it is we are calling it now.  As I write this, word has come that another person has been beheaded by this so-called group of religious fighters.  I have not watched, nor do I recommend that you watch, the videos of these three murders, as they are very gruesome.  It is very difficult to not hate the people who are doing this but, as Christians, that is exactly what we are called to d … [Read More...]

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Fr. Mychal Judge, Saint of 9/11

On September 11, 2001 Fr. Mychal Judge was going about his daily routine when he heard that a plane had struck one of the buildings of the World Trade Center.  Fr. Mychal had the honor of being the Chaplain for the New York City Fire Department and when the call went out, he grabbed his gear and went right to the scene. The Chaplain usually stands at the Command Post to be available to the scene commander and also to be available if he is needed by one of the guys working the fire ground.  Fr. M … [Read More...]

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Preparedness Month 2014

by Fr. John A. Peck ~ Guest Blogger National Preparedness Month is almost upon us, and in light of that, I thought a quick look at why being prepared makes sense, and can, in fact, be a fun activity for yourself and your family. Why should you do it at all? Let’s quickly review a few things we’ve seen in the past few months. Extreme Drought is crushing not only California, but a great deal of the west and south, resulting is smaller herds of livestock; The Ebola Outbreak threatens t … [Read More...]

Patriarch Bartholomew On The Present Violence In Iraq

The recent wave of violence against innocent families and children in Iraq has rendered the world shocked and horrified. We will not remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life, especially when it is caused by religious hatred and racial hostility. The targeting of tens of thousands of Christians (including Arameans, Chaldeans, and Assyrians) and other religious minorities (including Turkmens, Yazidis, and Kurds) can never be … [Read More...]

Orthodoxy and Suicide

Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened by the suicide of Robin Williams.  This illustrates that we never really know what is going on in a person's life and one might appear, on the surface, like everything is fine, when deep down inside their life is in turmoil. Depression, like all mental illness, is very complex and is not always the same for each person living with it.  There are many unanswered questions but the questions need to be asked. For clergy it is even more complex.  I le … [Read More...]

Pastoral Letter Concerning Violence and Extremism in the Middle East

Pastoral Letter from His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon to the Clergy, Monastics and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America Concerning Violence and Extremism in the Middle East “We have preferred profane and material things to the commandment of love, and because we have attached ourselves to them we fight against men, whereas we ought to prefer the love of all men to all visible things and even to our own body.” (St Maximus the Confessor, The Ascetic Life, 7) Beloved in Christ, Our … [Read More...]

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Prayers for Enemies

In 1941, with the German occupation of Yugoslavia, Bishop Nikolai, together with Patriarch Gabriel Dozhich, was arrested and sentenced to imprisonment in the infamous Dachau Prison Camp in Germany. He spent two years in Dachau, witnessing and suffering some of the cruelest torture of human beings the world has known. Prayers for Enemies by St. Nicholas Velimirovich  Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them. Enemies have driven me into Thy embrace more than … [Read More...]

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The Scot who shot the Civil War

  The Scots Photographer Alexander Gardner Photographs the American Civil War. … [Read More...]