There is enormous tension between entering fully into the Church Year and the pressures of society. We sometimes find ourselves walking a tight rope between what we think is the ideal of a holy life and the demands of our post-modern world.The beauty of the Church seasons is that they teach us how to balance our life. The Christian life is a whole life, an expansive life, a life in Christ, who gives Himself for the life of the world.This collection is author Donna Farley’s own view from the tightrope. These short yet thoughtful reflections, written in an insightful and sometimes humorous style, will help weave together the great feasts into the fabric of our lives.
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This spiritual classic was written by Lorenzo Scupoli, a sixteenth-century Venetian priest. Immensely popular in its own day, it was ranked by Francis de Sales with the Imitation of Christ. In the general rapport between Western and Eastern Christendom, it reached Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, who first recognized its immense spiritual worth, and later, [...]
Touch and the Healing of the World explores one of the most familiar yet profound of human experiences touch. In a series of reflections that focus upon events in the life of Christ (beautifully portrayed in contemporary icons, in full color plates), Dr Daniel Hinshaw contemplates the mystery of the incarnation, focusing on the meaning [...]
Community of Grace is the story of one successful community, made up of the stories of the people who made it happen, and told in the context of the Orthodox worship that binds them all together. Join in the lives of the parishioners of St. John s Orthodox Cathedral in Eagle River, Alaska, as they [...]
Through a life of selfless sacrifice, Princess Ileana of Romania won her people’s heart so thoroughly she is still revered by Romanians today. The life of a princess isn’t all fun-filled travel, magnificent banquets, handsome princes, and beautiful clothes. It’s also devotion to duty, sacrifice for your people, and a lot of just plain hard [...]
Our relationship with God is personal as well as communal. Jesus is personal as well as cosmic. God is imminent as well as transcendent. He is the God of persons: The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Much has been written about the communal, liturgical aspect of Orthodoxy. Drawing upon the rich resources of Sacred [...]