September 23, 2017

CK Gillebaard

So, here we are again, expressing sadness at the abrupt passing of a son, brother, friend, comrade, and energetic man. Christopher Kyrillos Gillebaard, known to all of us as CK, flew his way to the heavens. Unlike previous incidents, however. I actually knew CK. CK was actually one of, if not the first, youth that … Continue reading CK Gillebaard →

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August 18, 2017

Hurting people.

We humans, have become very mean. I think meaner than I remember as a kid. We yell a lot. We pontificate a lot. We let others know how we feel about things, invited or uninvited. Who of us has not felt the sting of hurt? I imagine the question is rhetorical, because the only person … Continue reading Hurting people. →

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May 11, 2017

A Prophecy of Abba Pambo

“And I’ll tell you this, my child, that the days will come when the Christians will add to and will take away from, and will alter the books of the Holy Evangelists, and of the Holy Apostles, and of the Divine Prophets, and of the Holy Fathers. They will tone down the Holy Scriptures and […] The post A Prophecy of Abba Pambo appeared first on Become Orthodox.

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April 9, 2017

Between joy and sadness: Hail New Martyrs!

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed′nego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnez′zar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.[a] 18 But if not, be … Continue reading Between joy and sadness: Hail New Martyrs! →

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March 15, 2017

The Lost Kid

He stood, watching and waiting for the moment his son would come home. He ran to him, burst into tears, embraced him in his filth. Hugged his child that smelled like swine and that had wished his own death. It’s Lent. This past Sunday was the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. Often we talk about … Continue reading The Lost Kid →

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March 1, 2017

Sorry, mom: On Lenten Warfare.

I am not a morning person. When someone says, “Good morning!” to me, I’m usually thinking, “What’s so good about it?” Usually, however, I don’t articulate that aloud. It’s not polite. I’m also stubborn and obstinate. Then, there’s my mother. She’s obsessed with cleanliness. If she could choose one superhero ability, it wouldn’t be invisibility … Continue reading Sorry, mom: On Lenten Warfare. →

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February 23, 2017

If You Love Me, Speak Up

Recently, I had the blessing of sitting in on a college youth meeting in which they were discussing the sanctity of marriage in the Church and society. Not surprisingly, the issue of same-sex marriage came up and the servant asked the youth, “If you were invited to the same-sex wedding of a close friend, would […] The post If You Love Me, Speak Up appeared first on Become Orthodox.

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January 23, 2017

Advice to Women from St. Gregory the Theologian

In 384 A.D., our father among the saints, the Holy Gregory the Theologian (Nazianzus) composed the following 111-line poem to Olympiatha, a young bride, on the occasion of her crowning and marriage to Nevrithios, an illustrious youth and official of the imperial city. Although the saint wrote this poem as advice to a young bride, […] The post Advice to Women from St. Gregory the Theologian appeared first on Become Orthodox.

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January 20, 2017

Those lonely moments in the night.

This is one of those things to read at night, when you’re mellow. Think of those nights when you watch a movie alone, one of those movies where there is some kind of heroic ending – where someone comes and saves the day, and the heroes are smiling and crying and laughing all at the … Continue reading Those lonely moments in the night. →

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January 15, 2017

Why all the Acronyms (WATA)?

Are you going to SMSP or SASC tomorrow? This question likely makes no sense to you, dear reader, but to a fictional youth deciding between two fictional parishes, St. Mark and St. Peter Church (SMSP) and St. Athanasius and St. Cyril Church (SASC), the question makes perfect sense, because each parish, of course, has an […] The post Why all the Acronyms (WATA)? appeared first on Become Orthodox.

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January 5, 2017

Maro: a grief that can’t be spoken.

There’s a segment in Les Misérables, where Marius, after his close friends die in the revolution, sings: There’s a grief that can’t be spoken, There’s a pain goes on an on, Empty chairs at empty tables, Now my friends, are… (READ MORE)

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December 12, 2016

They will kill you.

“I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me.” Jn 16:1–3 There … Continue reading They will kill you. →

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