Category : Formation

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 | 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, 25, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

​Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you know that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently he starts knocking the house about …

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Written on Jan, 17, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Youth ministry is concerned with helping young men and women commitment themselves to Jesus Christ as His disciples and witnesses. To do this we need to first make sure they know Jesus Christ and the Gospel. Young people, like everyone else, must know that out of His great love for us, God became Man, dwelt among us, suffered, died and …

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Written on Jan, 17, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Though from different perspectives, both Fr Alexander Schmemann in Liturgy and Life: Development through Liturgical Experience and Kendra Creasy Dean in Almost Christian: What the faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church make the case that we need to provide young people with solid theological content. While there are other reasons we’ll consider latter, one reasons Orthodox young …

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

We can summarize the whole of our Christian life as nothing more or less than the struggle to learn to use creation as God intended it to be used. When I misuse the creation then I don’t only dishonor God and the creation, I cause my life to be nothing but a series of frustrations as again and again I become disappointed.

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Jihadists and Progressives Together: That Christianity is “the root of the West, the West’s living source” is at best unremembered. It is more accurate to say that it is remembered, but also hated and rejected. The West — Europe and North America — knows its roots perfectly well and that Christianity is still undeniably a source of life. The West …

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Written on Nov, 23, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Humility in Russian means a state of being at peace, when a person has made peace with God’s will; that is, he has given himself over to it boundlessly, fully, and joyfully, and says, “Lord, do with me as Thou wilt!” As a result he has also made peace with all the circumstances of his own life—everything for him is …

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Written on Aug, 09, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Like marriage, the priesthood is a kind of friendship. And, in both cases, the friendship whether between priest and parishioner, or between husband and wife, is the fruit of a friendship with Jesus Christ.

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Written on Jun, 02, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

It is the Eucharist, the transformation of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, that liberates the normal, universal, human experience awe in response to transitory beauty into a foretaste of the Eternal. “Grant them in return for earthly things, heavenly gifts; for temporal, eternal; for corruptible, incorruptible.”

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