Perfection

All my life, I’ve been pushed towards perfection, to be the perfect daughter, the perfect wife, the perfect mother. I see articles about creating the perfect holiday meal or the perfect exercise plan to have the perfect body, oh, and the perfect hairstyle to complement my perfect make-up. The first question I have for these

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Stewardship

Back when I was single and had only myself to worry about, I was introduced to a fuller understanding of stewardship. I had always equated stewardship with tithing, giving to God one tenth of any money I received, 10% for God and 90% for me (which seemed fair enough since I was the one who

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ARCHPASTORAL MESSAGE OF HIS BEATITUDE METROPOLITAN TIKHON PASCHA 2019

ARCHPASTORAL MESSAGE OF HIS BEATITUDE METROPOLITAN TIKHON PASCHA 2019 To the Venerable Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Monastics, Distinguished Stewards, and the entire family of the Orthodox Church in America: CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN! Let no one fear death For the Savior’s death has set us free. With these words, and the other powerful

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The dash between the dates

My mother died recently. My sisters and I ordered the marker and I was confronted with the dash between the dates, the dash in place of 84 years of living. We gave up trying to write an obituary for mom, she did so much in her life, it would never fit within the allotted space.

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The Gospel according to me

Recently I was asked to take a survey. What I found interesting was not so much the topic of the survey, but rather the questions asking what would influence my behaviour regarding the topic. Would reading books or articles incline me towards deeper involvement? Would watching videos or listening to speakers be an effective way

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What does Christianity look like?

What does Christianity look like? That’s a question I’ve asked myself over the years as I’ve encountered groups/churches/cults all purporting to teach true Christianity. I’ve heard those who want to implement the Old Testament laws as the law of the land, a sort of ‘Christian’ Sharia law. I’ve met those who hold to a visible

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Pascha Time

We are creatures of linear time, always moving forward, only glancing back imperfectly at the past. We dream of travelling at will along our time line. Whether it is Superman reversing the spin of the earth, the Enterprise creating slingshot effect around the sun, wormholes intersecting with solar flares or the time vortex contained within

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Forgiveness

We have entered the days of pre-Lent has started. These are the Sundays when we remember Zacheus, the publican and the pharisee and the prodigal son. When I was a trainee in the military, I had an instructor who was on everyone’s case. He was particularly obnoxious to the female students. He treated us as

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Remembrance

I’ve attended a few funerals, over the years. I’ve always felt awkward since I was there to support a friend in their time of loss and never really knew how to behave. Often there wasn’t a body, just a picture which we stared at while family and friends shared stories, showed slides and maybe sang

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