Thursday, April 24, 2014

Family Life in an Orthodox Rhythm

April 2, 2012 by  
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by Valerie G. Zahirsky Those colorful pages of store ads that come tucked into the Sunday newspaper tell us something about our culture. They tell us that every day has become the same as every other day. Here is the ad for chocolates wrapped in red and decorated with hearts on sale for Valentine’s Day. Identical chocolates but in a different shape and wrapped in red and green were on sale for Christmas. And a month from now, no matter how long it  [Read more...]

On Marriage and the Moral Limits of Human Sexuality

July 30, 2011 by  
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Beloved Fathers, brothers and sisters in Christ, If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is  [Read more...]

Why Embryos Matter

February 17, 2011 by  
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Valuing human life at all stages does not require religion, a belief in souls, or the rejection of science. It is a coherent philosophy.

The Status Of The Unborn: Again, An Orthodox Statement On Abortion

January 21, 2011 by  
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by Fr. John Breck At the end of each January we commemorate “Sanctity of Life” Sunday and focus our attention on the tragic number of abortions in the United States and elsewhere throughout the world. It’s a time when we again recoil from the realization that the highest abortion rates, as far as we know, occur in “Orthodox” countries. It seems appropriate, then, to consider once more the “status of the unborn,” and prevailing attitudes in our own country that permit and even  [Read more...]

Thirty Years Of Learning: The Lessons Of Roe

January 19, 2011 by  
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by Frederica Mathewes-Green It was what the sociologists call an “early adopter” of feminism. Soon after arriving at college, in 1970, I knew that it was the religion for me. I had discarded the religion I grew up with, Christianity, as an insultingly simpleminded thing, but feminism filled the gap. Like a religion it offered a complete philosophical worldview, one that displayed me as victim in the center, a feature with immeasurable appeal to a female teenager. Feminism had its own gnostic analysis  [Read more...]

Abortion And Public Policy

January 18, 2011 by  
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by Fr. Peter J. Pappas One of the challenges facing the Orthodox Christian in modern American society is discerning the relationship between personal ethical convictions and questions of public policy. If one of the responsibilities of American citizenship involves voting for state and federal officials who will create and execute the laws, decisions regarding how personal convictions will affect public policy cannot be avoided. In simply voting for a candidate for public office, one must responsibly consider the implications of one’s decision and  [Read more...]

Holy and American

January 18, 2011 by  
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by Fr. Vladimir Berzonsky “As He who called you is holy, so also shall you be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’” (I Peter 1:15) Holy means separate, or apart. St. Peter as a Jew considered it normal for Christians to do as the Jews and make themselves distinct from Gentiles. We read in Acts 10 the change of his attitude and what it took to accept non-Jews as authentic Christians. After their return  [Read more...]

Message for Sanctity of Life Sunday

January 17, 2011 by  
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January 23, 2011, Sanctity of Life Sunday The Orthodox Church is like St John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness, or Jesus baptizing by the Jordan. We, like them, preach a message of repentance and the remission of sins in the new desert, the decadent culture of the modern West, mired in the chaos of moral collapse. The Orthodox Church’s message is a message of hope, of healing, of the transformation of one’s life, of attaining to the fullness of personhood, of  [Read more...]

Unless We All Matter

January 17, 2011 by  
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by Wesley J. Smith Attorney and award winning author Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. He is also a consultant to the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, and a special consultant for the Center for Bioethics and Culture. In May 2004, because of his work in bioethics, he was named by the National Journal as one of the nation’s top expert thinkers in bioengineering. In 2008, the Human Life Foundation named  [Read more...]

You Never Pray Alone

December 7, 2010 by  
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by Fr. Stephen Freeman The Blog “Glory To God For All Things” is the award-winning work of our brother priest, Fr. Stephen Freeman, who serves an OCA parish. This is from his recent post, and a very worthy read! There is a conception of what it means to be human, rooted in Medieval thought and refined in the furnace of modernity. This conception views each person as a “free moral agent.” Each of us is a unique individual. Our choices are our own  [Read more...]