Happy Incarnation Day!

We think of Christmas as the feast of the incarnation. But, since Orthodox Christians believe that life begins at conception, the incarnation really begins at the Annunciation, when Mary accepts the archangel’s news that she had been called by God to give birth to the Messiah.

What happens on December 25 is the fulfillment of something that begins nine months earlier, on March 25.

More info on the feast of the Annunciation of the Mother of God here.

The Four Pillars (Part One)


In Part One in a series of episodes that look at the “Four Pillars of Our Spiritual Life,” we learn how the Christian Gospel broadens the scope of what we know as “my life.”

Here’s a link to part two of this series.

You can full find audio recordings of the “Four Pillars” retreat sessions on the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church web site. You’ll also find a link to Metropolitan Tikhon’s book, “Of What Life Do We Speak?” and its Study Guide.



Remember the better angels


This month 158 years ago, Abraham Lincoln gave his first Inaugural Address. By then, seven states had seceded from the Union and his goal in his first message to the American people as their President was to be both conciliatory and firm — the Union could not be divided. He concluded his address with the words:

The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

Long before our family moved to the United States, I was struck by that final phrase of Lincoln’s address: “the better angels of our nature.” To see positive change in our world, in our communities, our families, we need to pay attention to that which is positive and life-giving in the human character.

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Is the media biased against the Church?


Last week’s attack on worshipers in a Mosque in New Zealand sent waves of shock and outrage across the globe. As those waves subsided, a secondary response on social media was for some to call out Western news outlets for not giving equal time to recent attacks on Christians in Africa. What makes an attack on Muslims newsworthy, but not an attack on Christians?

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