Courage

 

Is the Christian life one of constantly “turning the other cheek,” allowing others to take advantage of us? Must we forgive everyone? Must we love even those who are evil or who are our enemies? Can we not stand up…

Are Demons Alive and Well on Planet Earth Today?

  

 

We do not hear much of demon possession nowadays, except in movies or anecdotal stories. It certainly seems like demons have been working overtime, but we rarely think about it from that perspective. There have been times when I think…

The Cross of Hope

 

Most of us sadly watched the out-of-control fire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, April 15.  We feared the worst as the blazes engulfed the cathedral, causing the renowned 300 ft. spire to come crashing down through the…

Rejection - The Parable of the Prodigal Son

 

Have you ever been rejected? Of course, you have. We all have. Strangely, we remember those times very clearly because of the pain we felt. Have you ever experienced rejection by a mother, father, or child? The pain pierces deeply…

Martyrs

  

Would you willingly die for your faith? It is a difficult question to answer until we are actually faced with that predicament. The term “martyr” has developed negative connotations in recent years due to terrorists who perpetrated murderous acts in…

What Is the Purpose of Icons in the Orthodox Church?

 

My church, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, is in the process of adding an icon of the Mother of God with baby Jesus in the sanctuary behind the altar. Many, who are not Orthodox, have often asked me…

A Time for Giving

 

In the Spirit of Christmas, I thought I would share a song with you that can put you in the right mood for this very special season of the year. Celebrate the precious gift from God of a beautiful little…

Heroes Rise out of the Ashes of Tragedy

 

What words can we speak in times of tragedy and great suffering? Words never seem enough to express the grief and pain in our hearts. Last week our community experienced tragedy upon tragedy, grief upon grief. After twelve beautiful and…

Scandal in the Church

  

I weep! I am grieved by the suffering of our Christian brothers and sisters due to the scandals of the Catholic Church. I pray that we all keep our hearts and minds on Christ and not on the human beings…

Descent Into Hades

Crucifixion was meant to publicly shame criminals and political agitators. Jesus Christ, being the only human who never sinned, was neither a criminal nor a political dissenter. The perfectly innocent Jesus was crucified between two thieves. Even while on the…

Has Anything Unexpected Happened to You Lately?

 

Does God speak to us? Yes, of course! How do we know, if he does? Well, that is the real question, isn’t it? As Christians, we are told to develop a relationship with Christ, but how can we relate to…

Disagreeable Duties

  

Yesterday, I was hosted at a local bookstore for an Author Book Signing. Many people came into the store. I was seated at a table with my books and materials, right at the front door. I greeted everyone as they…