Plans are moving forward toward the establishment of an Orthodox-sponsored maternity home — the first in the Midwest — in the Chicago area. “Orthodox Christians for Life-Chicago, a pan-Orthodox organization established in 2001, has long dreamed of ... Read more about Plans Underway to Establish First Orthodox-sponsored Maternity Home in the Midwest
Like the other dilapidated houses on the block next to the train tracks, the Klimaka shelter for the homeless is covered with bold graffiti. They practically blot out its tomato-red façade and certainly distract attention from the name on its open ... Read more about AT DINNER WITH THE HOMELESS IN ATHENS, GREECE
“Philanthropy and mercy for the needy are not a mere matter of choice, but rather a necessity and indispensable obligation.” – Saint Athanasios The Church and Social Reform, The Policies of the Patriarch Athanasios of Constantinople, by John L. ... Read more about Saint Athanasios of Constantinople on Social Reform
How our Benevolence becomes Evangelistic Christ commanded with clarity and demonstrated with humility, that we should take part in “humanitarian” duties of caring for the downcast. He was completely adamant about getting involved with society, not ... Read more about Benevolence and Gospel
There are two things that immediately came to mind while reading the book On Social Justice, Saint Basil the Great. As the Forward states, Saint Basil seems like he is writing to our generation. His words are so easily applicable to our society it ... Read more about Saint Basil Book Review
In Matthew 25:31 -40, Christ says that He will judge us based on how we serve the poor and oppressed. In many other passages, Christ instructs us “not to store treasures on earth” but to store them in “heaven.” He says that “to whom much is given, ... Read more about On Who The Poor Really Are!
I was listening to a contemporary Christian radio station today and they happened to be airing their personal newscast. The last story to air was a story about the smart phone game ‘Angry Birds.’ Apparently it is newsworthy these days to tell the ... Read more about The Ascetic Life Is For All Christians
For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin. 1 Peter 4:1 To obtain a humble and contrite heart one must lean on the ... Read more about Do You Have Pain? If Not, Obtain It!
Does the Bible teach that Jesus drank wine? Was he a Nazarite? In the Old Testament Grain and wine were a symbol of God’s blessing and abundance to Israel (Ps 4:7; Prov.3:10). Ps 104:15 “And wine that makes glad the heart of man, oil to make ... Read more about God Made Wine
Nicholas Berdyaev, a 19th century Russian philosopher, once said, "The world is moving towards a new spirituality and a new mysticism; in it there will be no more of the ascetic world view." (Orthodox Life, Jordanville NY, no. 6) We see within ... Read more about Ascetic Worldview