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5 Eye-Opening Things a Layman Learned From Wearing a Cassock for a Day

Esquire Magazine – not a publication ChurchPOP would normally recommend reading – published a fascinating article on August 24th titled “What …

Inspiration

The Jesus Prayer Resource Library

Those who have read “The Way of a Pilgrim” are familiar with the term “The Jesus Prayer.” It refers to a short prayer the words of which are: “Lord …

Faith

St. Paisios and Salvation from Distraction — Roads from Emmaus

<i>Sixth Sunday after Pentecost / Sixth Sunday of Matthew, July 12, 2015<br>Romans 12:6-14; Matthew 9:1-8<br>Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick</i><p>In the Name of the …

Leave Me Alone

"Want to turn the secular tide? Stop complaining on social media and be a saint. Want to change the marriage culture? Bear witness in your own marriage. Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than teachers. Holy marriages fuel a strong marriage culture. Commit right now to your spouse and to your kids that their vision of marriage will be shaped not by legislators, teachers, or activists but by YOUR marriage--by your heroic devotion, one-flesh union, and fidelity to that truth imprinted on your bodies and affirmed by God. The Supreme Court may sway the marriage culture with the swipe of a pen. But saintly spouses can move mountains. The tide will surge the other way only when we stop complaining about the state of marriage and instead live a better alternative." - Brandon Voight I think this is something we all need to hear with the recent legalization of same-sex marriage. I've seen a lot of arguments, but what we all need to remember that Christianity is all about love. As you all well know, just because we do not support the martial union of two people of the same gender, does not mean that we will not love those who do support it or are in one of those unions. Additionally, just because the US court has decided that same-sex marriages are acceptable does not mean that the Orthodox Church will bless these marriages. Marriage is the holy union between one man and one woman, and the Orthodox Church's stance on that will never change.

The Seven Easiest Vegetables to Grow for Beginner Gardeners

You don't need a green thumb to grow a bounty of fresh vegetables right in your backyard or balcony. Whether you're a gardening novice or just want …

Five new ideas for my urban vegetable garden

It’s March in Minnesota, and that means . . . blizzards, and ice, and windchill. Not always, but at least this year.<p>It’s no wonder, then, that as the …

Gardening

Joost Bakker’s Vertical Gardens

From Australia, eco-designer Joost Bakker offers home gardeners small-scale versions of the massive steel and terracotta vertical gardens that cover …

via homesteading

In the life of St. Olga, honored by the Church on July 11/24, we read that after the murder of her husband, prince of Kiev Igor, she behaved with incredible cruelty and avenged not only to the killers but also to the whole tribe to which they belonged.

Saint Olga: from Βarbarism to Ηoliness<p>Source: Pemptousia<p>In the life of St. Olga, honored by the Church on July 11/24, we read that after the murder …

Theology

The Kingdom of God is not a fluffy pillow or a down mattress. It is found by the nun sleeping on a board, or the elderly woman suffering in her hospital bed. The Kingdom of Heaven is a spiritual condition that no earthly situation can overcome. The nun sings songs, and the afflicted woman offers pure prayers. They both go through hardships that draw them closer to Christ.

How do we attain the Kingdom of Heaven? Where is it to be found? It is very easy for us in the Western world to view this Kingdom as something that …

Christianity

Each of us is in need of physical healing and of the healing of our soul. And yet, only a few are healed — why? What we miss in the reading of the Gospel is that Christ did not heal people indiscriminately.

We Must Open Ourselves to God in Order to Recevie the Healing<p>Each of us is in need of physical healing and of the healing of our soul. And yet, only …

Spirituality