ENDORSEMENT: Defeating Sin

This book is like a treasure chest filled with gems of wisdom from the Fathers and Theologians of the Church. Each of these jewels help give insight to the common reader on the Fall of man, the Passions, the Virtues, Spiritual Warfare and the way toward Repentance. Fr. Joseph, in his warm personal style, not only attempts to give us a theological understanding of the themes but provides practical helps in the form of definitions, prayers, and inspirational meditations. These tools are great … [Read more...]

NEW BOOK: Defeating Sin

The publisher hopes to have my new book in stock by next week, the second week of October. Order your copy from Regina Orthodox Press or through this blog (PayPal - see options in the left side margin). Thank you!DEFEATING SIN will help readers to better understand the disease that troubles the human soul.DEFEATING SIN will prove an invaluable aid for those engaged in spiritual warfare, helping them make that U-turn from the passions toward the virtues.Christians of all denominational … [Read more...]

Sure! I’ll pray for you. Pray that I pray more!

Prayer. It’s one of the three pillars of our struggle as Orthodox Christians …Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.It’s how we work out our salvation.And yet, for many, Prayer presents the greatest challenge of the three.In fact, if I may be so bold to say: Without Prayer the other two, Fasting and Almsgiving, are nothing more than Dieting and Philanthropy.First of all, what do we mean by Prayer?I’m always amused when others say of Orthodox: “Oh! You pray out of a book?”Yes, it’s true, unless you’ve m … [Read more...]

What’s in Polamalu’s locker?

Polamalu: . . . Tuesday is also our only opportunity to go to church together, so we do that.Cole: When and where do you go?Polamalu: It starts at 8:30 (a.m.). . . . It’s the Nativity of the Theotokos monastery (in Saxonburg, Pa.).Cole: I know you’re devoutly Christian . . . but exactly which denomination?Polamalu: Greek Orthodox. Theotokos literally means the Mother of God.Cole: How long are you in services?Polamalu: They usually go to about 12:30.Cole: That’s a four-hour service. Is that a norm … [Read more...]