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...]

From Hinduism to Orthodoxy in France

“I felt immediately that I should turn to Orthodoxy because I didn’t want to abandon my relationship with Jesus - who didn’t feature in Hinduism. In Orthodoxy I found both Jesus and the closeness with God that is a major part of Hinduism,” Mother Thaiss said.The monks and nuns pray twice a day. The services are unique. In the Russian Orthodox Church they are conducted in old-fashioned Russian, and the congregation always stands. Here the services are in French and the worshippers are seated.The S … [Read more...]