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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June 22, 2016

Q&A: I know Jesus loves me, but I’m suffering.

+ Q: I’m having some troubles dealing with suffering, and I don’t want just the “Jesus loves me” answer.  Any thoughts or insights? Response: There were two  other blogs where we discussed  the problem of evil and how peoples’ choices are really the cause of most of our suffering. So I want to take a different line of meditation this time. Actually, this is a time of year, where that question is being meditated on by the – …

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May 1, 2016

His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion Receives Clergy and Dignitaries for the Feast of the Resurrection 2016

As part of the Diocese’s celebration of the Glorious Feast of the Resurrection 2016, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion received clergy and dignitaries at the diocesan headquarters in Los Angeles on May 1, 2016. Among the esteemed guests were clergy from around the Diocese who came from the various parishes with their families, bearing greetings to His Eminence on this most auspicious occasion. In addition, His Eminence joyfully welcomed Her Excellency, Ambassador Lamia Mekhimar, the Consul – …

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September 5, 2015

‘NSync, Losses, and Memory Eternal…

Kareem Elgawly: February 1, 1992 – September 5, 2014 Bye Bye Bye, baby, bye bye bye! blasted on the sound system as I entered Vons a few hours ago. Yeah, it was ‘NSync, a boy band that I never really got into, but they had a couple of big hits that stuck with me throughout the years. That one and “This I promise you”. A strange melancholy gripped me right away, but not the bad gloom, it was – …

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