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Pastoral Reflections

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What Type of Heart Are We?

My father tells me about his mother, my yiayia, who was a very pious woman and who loved her Lord Jesus, the Virgin Mary and His saints above all else. Continue Reading »

Life from an Eternal Perspective

Death is all around us, even though we often try to ignore it. Whether natural disasters like we’ve seen in our country that bring unexpected tragedy. Or long-term illnesses that numerous people in our Church family are battling. Or this ongoing pandemic. Every day we can read about tragedies and death happening throughout the world. Continue Reading »

The Witness of Monastics

This week seven young men from my church and I visited St Nektarios Greek Orthodox Monastery in Roscoe, NY. I’m sure most people have never visited a monastery and have no clue of what Orthodox Christian monks and nuns do. Why do these men and women renounce the world and go off to live in a secluded monastery? Continue Reading »

Deny Yourself to Save Yourself

I recently read about the life of Maximillian Kolbe, the Polish Catholic priest who died in the Auschwitz Nazi death camp during WW2. His story is one of truly “denying yourself, taking up one’s cross, and following Jesus Christ.” Continue Reading »

No Greater Love Than This

On January 13, 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 smashed nose-first into the rock-solid ice covering the Potomac River just outside Washington, D.C. To horrified onlookers, it seemed impossible that anyone could be alive inside the mangled steel carcass slowly vanishing into the water. But one by one, six survivors gasped to the surface and grabbed desperately at the tail of the plane. Continue Reading »

The Power of Forgiveness

We get an understanding of this in today’s Gospel story of the Unforgiving Servant. Jesus describes a servant who owed a king an insurmountable debt. Continue Reading »

The Prophetic Witness of St. John the Baptist

In our society today, how often do we compromise the “Truth,” whether consciously or unconsciously, in order to appease public opinion? How often do we allow opinion polls to sway our understanding of right and wrong, instead of relying on the unchangeable truth of the Gospel and the Church? Continue Reading »

The Legacy of Saint Kosmas Aitolos

"If it were possible for me to climb up into the sky and shout with a great voice, to preach to the entire world that only our Christ is the Son and Word of God, true God and life of all, I would have done it.  But because I can't do such a thing, I do this small thing of walking from village to village and teaching my brothers and sisters as I can, not as a teacher but as a brother." Continue Reading »

The One Thing Needful

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things but one thing is needful and Mary has chosen the better part and this shall not be taken away from her.” Continue Reading »

Learning From the Virgin Mary

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”  These words offer a summary of the life of the Virgin Mary, because they show how she lived a life totally dedicated to serving God and proclaiming the Good News of the Savior of the world. Continue Reading »