Sesame Street and its Impact on Learning Inside and Outside the Church

The upcoming live stream slated to be held on December 30, 2018 will focus on the topic, “Why can’t Church be more fun?” We cannot discuss this without looking at the impact the show Sesame Street has had — and still has — on our lives today. Since the show made its debut in November 1969, several generations of people … Read More

Family Prayer: One Other Option

As I looked at the outlines in last week’s reflection, I realized that some families may want to observe morning and evening prayers as an individual rule. Therefore, I am offering another option that could be offered daily before or after dinner. Begin with “Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers…” Trisagion Prayers, the Lord’s Prayer Short reading of Saint … Read More

“The Family Prayer Rule” — A Starting Point

I would like to offer the following as a possible “Family Prayer Rule” for daily use. It is a simple outline, as a prayer rule is similar to an accordion — one may keep it short and condensed, or one may add more by stretching it out. In any instance, it is better to be consistent than to shoot for … Read More

Dealing with Death and Your Children

Last week, the Diocese of the Midwest had to deal with the sad and tragic repose of one of our Protodeacons and his Matushka. They were found murdered in their home last Sunday, November 11. What do we do when something like this happens? For that matter, what do we do when our children have to deal with a tragic … Read More

Acts of Growth, Dependence and Independence Under the Age of Seven

The ages of 12 to 15 often see a reemergence of the struggles between parents and their children that are comparable to the so-called “terrible twos.” Battles of control and independence are common during this time as teens seek greater freedom from their parents and may rebel against limits that have been placed on their behavior. Yet teens are not … Read More

Acts of Growth, Dependence and Independence Under the Age of Seven

The ages of 12 to 15 often see a reemergence of the struggles between parents and their children that are comparable to the so-called “terrible twos.” Battles of control and independence are common during this time as teens seek greater freedom from their parents and may rebel against limits that have been placed on their behavior. Yet teens are not … Read More

At What Age Can a Child Choose to Go — or Not to Go — to Church?

I have heard a number of parents say to their children, “As long as you live under my roof you are going to church.” I don’t know how popular this sentiment is. The implication in this statement is, if one won’t go to church, one would have to move out. One could choose to accept this rule, but is the … Read More

More Thoughts on Judging Those Within the Church

For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Drive out the wicked person from among you” [1 Corinthians 5:12-13].  I would like to clarify a few things concerning these verses to which I alluded in last week’s reflection.  What is the intent here when … Read More

To Judge or Not to Judge, That is the Question

I ended my reflection last week with this quote from 1 Corinthians:  I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with immoral men; not at all meaning the immoral of this world, or the greedy and robbers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But rather I wrote to you not to associate with any … Read More