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The Morning Offering

Commentary on Orthodox Living
  1. The Planting of a Monastery (Part 11)
    The Gift of Property On August 1st of 1992, having exhausted all our resources, we announced during what was to be our last Monastery Pilgrimage, our decision to leave Vashon Island. The monthly rent for the old farmhouse had risen, our chief benefactor had a series of setbacks in his personal fortune, and we were faced with just enough money…

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  2. The Planting of a Monastery (part 10)
    Culture Shock The return to the United States After having spent almost a month in Greece, including ten days on Mount Athos, the return to the United States, via New York City, was major culture shock. I found myself grieving for the loss of the simple life of the Holy Mountain, with its lack of phones, electricity, vehicles, and noise.…

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  3. Rejoining Christ
    Being the Body of Christ Each and every time we gather together to celebrate the Divine Liturgy, we are not simply commemorating an event that happened almost two thousand years ago. We are not simply commemorating the Last Supper, when Christ shared a meal with His disciples. When we come together to celebrate the Eucharist, we are rejoining an event…

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  4. The Cure for Our Sickness
    Cooperating with the Physician of Our Souls Although imprecise, we often use anthropomorphic language when speaking about God. Thus, we can say that God is like a mother whose sick child is in need of healing, and is not offended by the child’s sickness. Yet, given the truth that God loves His fallen creatures, we can also say that God…

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  5. Hollow Orthodoxy
    Taking Orthodoxy beyond the self-congratulatory Archbishop Averky of Syracuse, of blessed memory, once said of converts, “they are like envelopes, they have a tendency to come unglued”. Many a convert, once they’ve embraced the Orthodox Faith, mistakenly given themselves over to a zealotry that is without any form of temperance. They, in their excitement at having found “The True Faith”,… ...

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