We Stand at the Threshold...

We Stand at the Threshold...

April 12, 2020 4 Comments

This disease takes a great deal away from us, but at the same time, it gives us an opportunity to grow in understanding of what is most important in our lives! We were given a disease tailored to our needs! May God help us to humble ourselves so that humility will give us wisdom. 

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Christ-Like Humility that Overcomes the Whole World - A Homily for Palm Sunday (2020)

Christ-Like Humility that Overcomes the Whole World - A Homily for Palm Sunday (2020)

April 12, 2020

How should we live? The question is presented today, on Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week, because despite how we have spent the whole of Lent, despite how we have lived our life up until now; knowing what we do about the world’s situation, and seeing the ease by which our whole country and the entire world can simply come undone - how should we live?

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A Word on the Coronavirus: Sorrow Turned Into Joy

A Word on the Coronavirus: Sorrow Turned Into Joy

April 08, 2020 1 Comment

Reflections from Holy Cross Monastery concerning the coronavirus, on the Feast of the Annunciation

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Faithful Daughter of Faithful Abraham - A Homily for the Annunciation (2020)

Faithful Daughter of Faithful Abraham - A Homily for the Annunciation (2020)

April 07, 2020 1 Comment

The miraculous event we commemorate today—the mystery hidden before the ages and unknown even to the angels—has its origins even outside of time, and so it had been at work already for millennia. Today is fulfilled God’s promise to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.

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Repentance and the Glory of God - A Sermon for the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt (2020)

Repentance and the Glory of God - A Sermon for the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt (2020)

April 05, 2020

What is the gate of repentance which leads to divine and eternal life in God? The awareness of our sinfulness before Him. Such an awareness of sin came to St. Mary whom all Orthodox Christians commemorate today as a lofty standard of true, life-transforming repentance. However, as we see from her life, an awareness of our sins is often brought about by a seeming misfortune, or impasse, or perplexity in our life.

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The Coronavirus and the Cross of Christ

The Coronavirus and the Cross of Christ

March 22, 2020 4 Comments

We have reached today the midpoint of the Fast. Half of the struggle is behind us, and the second half still lies ahead. And seeing our weakness, seeing our faintness of heart and the ease with which we can tire and grow despondent, on this Sunday our mother the Holy Church mercifully offers us hope and refreshment, comfort and consolation. But the form which this takes is not at all what “common sense” might imagine. Of the events yet to come, of the prizes which we are running to obtain, the Church does not offer a prefigurement of Pascha and the resurrection, but rather of Holy Friday and the Cross.

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Public Orthodoxy - A Sermon for the First Sunday of Great Lent (2020)

Public Orthodoxy - A Sermon for the First Sunday of Great Lent (2020)

March 08, 2020

Our present feast is not just a feast of the victory of truth over falsehood in the abstract—but of truth’s triumph in public sphere, of its open proclamation, its universal acknowledgment, and its sanction by the earthly authorities. Orthodoxy, we see, is a thoroughly public affair.

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Compassion and the Path to Our Forgiveness - A Homily on Forgiveness Sunday (2020)

Compassion and the Path to Our Forgiveness - A Homily on Forgiveness Sunday (2020)

March 01, 2020

There is no one who comes to Christ in repentance, who will not receive forgiveness, therefore how can it be amongst us that if we have been forgiven that we cannot find the ability to forgive others?

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Patient Endurance and the Tribulations of the Christian Life - A Homily on the Meeting of Our Lord (2020)

Patient Endurance and the Tribulations of the Christian Life - A Homily on the Meeting of Our Lord (2020)

February 15, 2020

Today is the fortieth day since we celebrated the Nativity of Christ. On this day, we celebrate the Meeting of the Lord. In the book of Exodus, the Lord gave the command to Moses: “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.” (13.1-2, cf. Luke 2.23). Today, we celebrate this event, as Christ is brought into the Temple by his parents and we note their obedience to the Law, and this particular law which acknowledges God’s beneficence.

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