Have you ever wondered why we use so much incense in the Orthodox church? Or maybe you’ve been wondering why multiple times, during any number of Eastern Orthodox services, the priest will cense icons (pictures) or the faithful? I remember a few months ago when I stayed home from church one Sunday morning due to … More The scent of Holy things
Since I was young I have had a deep longing to pray; it has been a strong feeling of wanting to reach out into the universe and feel small. It’s been an enticement to be drawn “. . . upwards into touch with celestial things:” (Way of the Pilgrim). Truthfully, I have always been … More Passion and Prayer
There are many ways we as a family work to live simply. Our 18 year old did not get a cell phone till she could afford to purchase one at 18. Our 13 year old does not have a phone and has to earn his time on any gaming system/electronic device (he doesn’t own his … More The dreaded “C” word. 😉
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you don’t live under a rock you have been inundated with commercials and advertisements reminding you how special your mom is and not to forget her on this day; as if all of this is necessary! Would you ever forget the woman who gave you life? … More Mothers day reflection
I am so blessed week after week to serve my parish. Each week in Matins we read several psalms and although they are always the same they speak so loudly to me. I go from being filled with awe at Gods might and protection to being humbled by his grace and love. LORD, how they … More The Psalms
I feel this great anticipation in my soul. There is this sort of nervousness but excitement that is hard to put into words. The Pacha Fast will begin soon and the church in her wisdom has paved a way for me to follow that I might enter into the fast prepared to walk the road … More Are you ready?