Living out the Sweetness of Life

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In my Family note dated September 16th I asked the following question: How do we keep the embittered political discord of our society from entering the life of the Church? As we learn from the Feast of the Exaltation, the bitter waters of the Israelites’ lives were made sweet when the Wood was tossed into the bitter waters of Marah. … Read More

Voting One’s Conscience

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Everyone is free to vote for either candidate for President and for other items on this year’s ballot. A person’s vote seems to revolve around the policies each candidate puts forward during the campaign and the party platforms passed at each convention before the election. Everyone should vote according to each candidate’s policies and values that are consistent with their … Read More

One New Man in the Place of Two

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“… That he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end.  So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of … Read More

Time to Take a Break

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I have decided I am going to take a brief break from issuing my weekly notes. I am not particularly pleased with how our Family Ministry website has developed to this point. I was hoping my weekly notes would spur responses and questions from people in the Diocese, and to date there have been very few. It is hard for … Read More

Virtual Camp this Summer

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What is St. Tikhon’s Summer Virtual Camp? Campers will have the opportunity to participate in free virtual activities over two weeks this summer.  Choice boards, for all age groups, will be provided where various activities are just a click away.  Campers can participate in activities offered on the choice board at their own pace.  There will also be scheduled Zoom meetings … Read More

Programs or Relationships?

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I cannot stress how important it is that family life is the main place where Christian formation takes place. The epistle reading from Romans for last Sunday speaks to this theme: But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, … Read More