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 Jul, 31, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Even little differences in our characters may help the partners to form a harmonic family, because they supplement each other. You need an accelerator pedal to move your car forward, but still you need the brake pedal to stop when needed. If there would be a car with only a brake pedal, it would stay in one place for good. If there would be a gear-box but no brakes, the car wouldn’t stop.

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Love, children and wealth together make up the blessing of marriage both as a natural institution and as a relationship in Christ that reveals God’s love for the Church (Ephesians 5:21-33). We misunderstand marriage when we reduce it to only one or two these.

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Wholesome spiritual formation requires balancing the personal, communal and social dimension of our Christian life. While the latter two are important, finding the right mix of all three begins in our personal spiritual formation. Without accurate self-knowledge, wholesome self-acceptance and appropriate self-expression, our social involvement will inevitably become dissonant and we risk doing a lasting harm to our own relationship with Christ.

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God stands with us to support and sustain us in all that He asks us to do. We need to be mindful of His Presence. We also need to resolve with the help of His grace to change and change frequently in obedience to His call for our lives. Such changes are not an abandonment in what is essential—of the “faith which has been believed everywhere, always, by all.” It is rather a matter of first laying aside my own sinfulness and sinfulness dispositions. Then, building on this, I must also lay aside “earthly things” in pursuit of “heavenly gifts; for temporal, eternal; for corruptible, incorruptible” according to the measure of God’s grace for my life.

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Written on Jul, 19, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

…by God’s mercy, even if insincere, good deeds done consistently can soften the human heart. I can become, by God’s grace, who my actions say that I am. Even though my heart is dark, I can become the light of the world if only I will tolerate my own insincerity and continue to do the good deeds God commands.

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The Palamas Institute for Orthodox Christian Pastoral Studies  is a program of adult faith formation and lay ministry training that provides Orthodox Christians and other interested Christians with the intellectual and practical tools need to live a vibrant life in Christian.  This life begins with a solid foundation in Sacred Scripture, dogmatic theology, liturgical and ascetical theology, as well as …

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Written on Jul, 16, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Having neglected to post on even a semi-regular basis, I’ve decided it’s time to rework my blog. I’ll be (selectively) uploading older posts and hope to add new ones in the near distant future. So what’s going on here? When my wife and I lived in Pittsburgh (the last time) I was asked by some laypeople to consider establishing a non-profit …

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