November 9, 2019

I had a vision a few weeks ago. I don't mean a full-fledged, “pull back the curtain, transported to Heaven” vision. But I did have a sort of vision a few weeks ago when I was visiting Dormition Monastery in Michigan. It was a vision of something that is always happenin...

November 1, 2019


 

We spend much of our childhood, and particularly our teenage years, waiting impatiently to grow up. Observing the privileges and liberties of grownups, we simply cannot wait to join their ranks and leave behind the seeming confines of childhood and youth with all of...

October 27, 2019

Many people, like Job’s wife, base their theology on their circumstances. Job’s wife, seeing what was happening to Job, decided that God had abandoned him and cursed him. God, for her, was not unlike the gods of the nations, fickle, given to his own whims, his predomin...

October 27, 2019

We often hear the phrase, “Everything happens for reason.” For example: “I lost my job, but then I got a better one. Everything happens for reason.” Or, “I got sick but it caused me to slow down and spend more time with my family, so I guess everything happens for a re...

October 20, 2019

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." St. Paul’s famous words from his epistle to the Philippians have been turned by many into a motivational quote, the kind of thing you find on a poster or pasted on a coffee mug beneath the picture of a sunrise. "...

September 10, 2019

As I continue to process my trip to Moscow this summer I thought, perhaps, to share some of my reflections with you. Over the next month or so I will write some short reflections for the bulletin that I hope will be to your benefit. -Fr John

In what I believe will be my...

August 30, 2019

As I continue to process my trip to Moscow this summer I thought, perhaps, to share some of my reflections with you.Over the next month or so I will write some short reflections for the bulletin that I hope will be to your benefit. -Fr John

As I continue my reflections...

August 25, 2019

As I continue to process my trip to Moscow this summer I thought, perhaps, to share some of my reflections with you.Over the next month or so I will write some short reflections for the bulletin that I hope will be to your benefit. -Fr John

I’ve already mentioned in a p...

August 17, 2019

This week I’m sure sharing with you another letter from Fr Nikon Vorobiev, a Russian spiritual father of the last century. -Fr John

I have received your gloomy letter. You certainly know the spiritual law saying that the way to the Kingdom of God lies through many tribu...

August 10, 2019

Friends, I was asked to write a reflection on my trip to Moscow and I thought I would share it with you. -Fr John

An eight hour flight over the Atlantic Ocean gives one time for reflection. And coming off of a ten day, jam-packed visit to Moscow, reflection is as inevit...

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