Author : Fr Gregory Jensen

Together with my wife Mary, I entered the Orthodox Church on the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (15 August) in 1991. On the feast of st Nicholas (6 December 1996) I was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Metropolitan MAXIMOS at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA.

Written on Feb, 19, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, February 19, 2017: Judgment Sunday (Meatfare Sunday); The Holy Apostles of the Seventy Philemon, Apphia, Archippus, and Onesimus, Philothei the Righteous Martyr of Athens, Niketas the Younger Epistle: 1 Corinthians 8:8-13; 9:1-2 Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46 St Paul asks the Corinthians: “Am I not free?  Am I not an apostle?” He answers the second question first by calling the Church …

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Written on Feb, 13, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

One of the great advantages churches have is that they are one of the few social institutions that aren’t rigidly segregated by age. This gives young people the opportunity to meet and interact with a wide range of people from different backgrounds and of different ages. We shouldn’t underestimate the importance in young people’s lives of adults who are mature, committed, thoughtful Orthodox Christians. The whole parish has a role to play in the spiritual formation of young people as they make the journey to an adult faith.

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Written on Feb, 12, 2017 by in | 1 Comment.

I want to forgive those who harmed me. This is different from saying that the harm that was done doesn’t matter. I can’t ignore the past; it is unwise—and foolish—for me to try and create a new past out of whole cloth. I can’t create a past where we weren’t estranged, the past where I didn’t hurt you or you didn’t hurt me. To go down this path isn’t to forgive but to lie. Or maybe more gently, to confuse forgiveness with wishful thinking.

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Written on Feb, 06, 2017 by in | 1 Comment.

Working with young people means working with individuals who are often more or less lost because they find themselves in a place they’ve never been before. And they do what all of us do in similar situations. They look around, they explore, they try to find the boundaries of the situation so they can find their way around.

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Written on Feb, 05, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Sunday, Feb 5, 2017: Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee; Triodion Begins Today; Agatha the Martyr, Polyeuktos, Partriarch Of Constantinople, Antonios the New Martyr of Athens, Theodosios, Archbishop of Chernigov, Afterfeast of the Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple, Theodosios of Antioch Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:10-15 Gospel: Luke 18:10-14 We misunderstand the relationship between the Church and …

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Written on Feb, 02, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

A young man crossed the desert and finally came to the monastery of Scete. There, he asked to hear one of the abbot’s lectures and was granted permission.  That afternoon, the abbot’s discourse was about the importance of work in the field.  After the lecture, the young man said to one of the monks, “That was amazing. I thought I …

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Written on Jan, 31, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

I got this note from a reader who wishes to remain anonymous: I don’t have accounts with any of the services required to leave a comment, so I submit here on the recent post, “American Orthodox Church by the Numbers.” On what basis do you conclude that converts depart “when the first flush of faith fades”? Have they truly lost …

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Written on Jan, 31, 2017 by in | 1 Comment.

We know that telling young people about God isn’t enough. They too need to meet, know and love God. What we are talking about is broader and deeper than religious education; we’re concerned with the spiritual formation of young people.

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Written on Jan, 30, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Looking at the data, America has been a social and economic blessing for Orthodox Christians. We are, on average, younger and better educated than most other religious traditions. We are also fairly well-off economically. But this doesn’t exhaust the data on the Church in America.

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Written on Jan, 29, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

We have been called by God to imitate the example of the Canaanite woman. Whatever else we do in the service of the Gospel begins here, in our fidelity to the example this unnamed woman offers us this morning. We are called, like her, to contribute “not a little” to the healing of others.

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