Orthodoxy Today

Fr. George Morelli

“Sexual Addiction”

An Orthodox and scientific view.
April 3, 2006

“You Owe Me One!” — The Reciprocity Factor

Who do those who do a favor expect one in return?
April 29, 2010

+ His Holiness Pope Shenouda III - May His Memory Be Eternal!

Remembering a great Christian leader.
May 26, 2012

A Psycho-Spiritual Eulogy for Suicide: Dimly Glimpsing the Incomprehensible

The paradox of a good God permitting evil.
July 30, 2009

A Reality-Delusional Test About Forgiveness

What can the Amish teach the Orthodox?
October 11, 2006

A Theophany Within

If Jesus is who He says He is, why don't I see Him more clearly?
January 12, 2007

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

When Christians do wrong, other Christians need to call them on it.
December 31, 2009

Abuse: Some Pastoral And Clinical Considerations

Healing, responsibility, and reporting.
December 4, 2005

Allied Against Criminalizing Christ and His Church

A segment of secular society seeks to persecute and criminalize Christ and His Church.
January 1, 2015

And on Earth…Peace

...to men of good will.
December 25, 2009

Anger - The Boomerang Emotion

As anger increases, so does its destructiveness.
September 1, 2011

Apostolic Church Unity: Hope, Prayer and Work

Orthodox and Catholic cooperation is increasing.
March 2, 2013

Asceticism And Psychology In The Modern World

Ancient practices meet modern scientific psychology.
March 6, 2006

Asceticism And Psychology In The Modern World

Is asceticism limited to monks in an abandoned or desolate location? Are ordinary Christians different from monks?
March 5, 2006

Assertiveness and Christian Charity

Thy spiritual and psychological dynamics of assertive responses.
July 2, 2006

Beauty, the Divine Connection: Psychospiritual Reflections

To find beauty is to find God, to find God is to find beauty.
October 1, 2010

Being Perfect vs. Perfectionism

Spiritual health vs. psycho/emotional malady.
November 28, 2005

Being True to Our Purpose

Keep you eyes trained on the goal.
February 2, 2016

Book Review. Faith Under Fire

Memoir shows even chaplains face spiritual crisis in war zone.
April 12, 2009

Book Review: Surviving the Folded Flag

A story of emotional anguish, grief, attempts to understand, and survival strength of those who have lost a loved one in war.
July 19, 2010

Brokenness, Prayer, Forgiveness and Healing

Pray for those who despitefully use you.
April 9, 2010

Brokenness: Hope and Optimism

Hope is fostered in tribulation.
August 13, 2009

Bullying: Defacing God’s Image

Kindliness is next to godliness.
September 3, 2012

Chaplain’s Corner - Supporting Others

There is a spiritual connection in supporting others.
Novermber 1, 2013

Chaplain’s Corner—Harmony: What the World Needs Now

Music helps us understand the meaning of harmony.
April 1, 2014

Chaplain’s Corner.  God: The Source of Life’s Ultimate Meaning

The way of un-knowing can be the way of knowing.
May 2, 2012

Chaplain’s Corner. Discipline: Our Commitment For Next Year and All Our Lives

Resolutions for the New Year might be useless but self-discipline is not.
January 2, 2013

Chaplain’s Corner. Integrity: The Foundation of Trust

Integrity is a weapon in reestablishing trust.
February 3, 2014

Chaplain’s Corner. Resilience: The Key to Catastrophe Management

Are things really as bad as they seem?
October 4, 2013

Chaplain’s Corner: Annoyance is Routine, Anger is a Killer

When ‘catastrophizing’ occurs, an emotional reaction way beyond annoyance ensues.
September 1, 2014

Chaplain’s Corner: Healthy Dependence

The signs of unhealthy dependence are high intensity of the emotional need, a sense of self worthlessness, a lack of confidence and ensuing helplessness and hopelessness when not dependent on others.
July 4, 2015

Chaplain’s Corner: Heroism Revisited

Be well disposed to the people around you.
March 1, 2012

Chaplain’s Corner: Is the Cup Half Full or Half Empty?

Are you a cynic or hopeful?
November 1, 2014

Chaplain’s Corner: Overcoming the Avoidance of Responsibilities

Prefer not to face discomfort. The comfortable route is to do what is easy, natural or intrinsically enjoyable.
June 4, 2015

Chaplain’s Corner: Overcoming the Need for Approval

According to the Church Fathers, the dire need for approval is a form of "vain-glory."
January 1, 2105

Chaplain’s Corner: Persevering in Fearsome Situations

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity for action despite our fears.
May 7, 2015

Chaplain’s Corner: Self Awareness and Self Control

Success requires discipline, passion, and hard work.
December 1, 2013

Chaplain’s Corner: Silence is Golden

The value of silence cuts across many religious traditions.
April 1, 2012

Chaplain’s Corner: Silence is Golden

Would it not be ideal if “the word unspoken” . . .sprang from the habits of a truly virtuous mind and heart?
June 1, 2014

Chaplain’s Corner: Spiritual Neglect

Thoughts on sloth.
May 1, 2014

Chaplain’s Corner: The Arrogance of Power, The Power of Humility

Hubris and humility.
March 2, 2013

Chaplain’s Corner: The Importance of Family in Healing

Healing improves in caring families.
March 2, 2014

Chaplain’s Corner: True Happiness

Two paths to experience happiness.
April 3, 2015

Chaplain’s Corner: Unlikely Heroes in Crisis Times

Heroes can be ordinary people who do extraordinary things.
July 1, 21014

Chaplain’s Corner: Wisdom, Age and Belief in God

The older we get, the more likely we will believe in God.
November 6, 2012

Chaplains Corner - Self Reflection: Compassion and Civility

Self-reflection is critical to the spiritual life.
April 1, 2013

Chaplains Corner - Supporting Orthers

There's a spiritual connection in supporting others.
October 3, 2013

Chaplains Corner. Blessed Christmas: On the Use of the Wealth of Our Bounty

Wealth requires compassion.
December 2, 2012

Chaplains Corner: Even the Thought is an Affront to God

Limiting the service of chaplains gives the impression that government administrators think religion is unimportant.
January 2, 2012

Chaplains Corner: Fixation on Past History

It's not true that if we felt strongly about something in the past we will feel the same in the future.
August 1, 2015

Chaplains Corner: People Are Going to Act the Way They Want To, Not the Way I Want

"The more religious a man is, the more he will respect the decision of his fellow man not to go further"
December 2, 2014

Chaplains Corner: What We Do Is Not Who We Are

"We can strongly disapprove of the nefarious works or actions of others while still maintaining their worth or personhood."
March 1, 2015

Christ: Our Model for Forgiveness

"Forgive one another as I have forgiven you."
November 5, 2011

Christian Belief and the Medical Establishment, Part I

The practice of medicine needs a firm and coherent moral grounding.
March 15, 2012

Christian Belief and the Medical Establishment, Part II

Under what circumstances do we ask God for help?
March 15, 2012

Christmas: A National Holiday

Different traditions can stand side by side with each other.
December 20, 2008

Clergy Burnout and Fatigue

Ways to manage the demands and resulting stress of the pastoral vocation.
April 21, 2010

Combatting Secularism: A Powerpoint Presentation for Clergy and Catechists

A talk given to the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco clergy, November, 2010
January 1, 2011

Commentary: Profiles in Moral Courage

Standing up for what is right.
August 9, 2012

Commitment for a New Year: Overcoming Rudeness

Treating people rudely violates their inherent dignity.
January 1, 2012

Compassion and Love

Practical advice for Christian parents.
August 29, 2005

Compassion: The Forgotten Virtue

Compassion is a skill that can be developed by practice.
October 3, 2011

Compassion: The Forgotten Virtue

Lack of compassion is because of separation from God.
March 2, 2014

Conflict and Disagreement

An analysis of Pope Benedict's remarks based on the parable of "The Publican and the Pharisee" and Conflict Management.
October 31, 2006

Courageous Engagement

Good religion should inspire us to act heroically to the best of our ability.
October 1, 2015

Cultivating Spiritual Perception

A psychological and theological reflection on icons.
April 18, 2010

Dealing With Brokenness in the World

Learned psychological optimism and the virtue of hope.
July 29, 2006

Dealing with the Assault on Christ’s Church - Official and Unofficial

The Affordable Care Act is an assault on religious freedom.
February 3, 2014

Defeating Anxiety: Overcoming the Need for Approval

The question we ask should be: "What do I want to accomplish in life?"
August 29, 2008

Defusing Incivility

Incivility begets more incivility.
July 1, 2013

Divine Justice vs. Human Justice

The way things appear to us is not always the way they appear to God.
July 1, 2011

Double Your Worry, Double Your Problem

“Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down ….”
March 1, 2009

Elevating Motives

Give and expect nothing in return.
October 3, 2005

Emotional Activation And Psychospiritual Intervention: An Overview

Spiritual counseling and the physiology of the brain.
August 1, 2010

Entitlement: Sabotaging Relationships

Whenever we make a demand based on our title we operate from an entitlement perspective.
June 1, 2009

Envy: The Concealed Passion

Envy is listed last in the 10 Commandments but near first in evil consequences.
January 3, 2011

Every Good and Perfect Gift is from Above

God at the Florida shootings.
February 5, 2011

Everything in Moderation

Do all things in moderation.
June 1, 2012


"Step up and own it!"
August 1, 2014

Finding Meaning in Suffering

Much worry comes from the idea that life should be the way we want it to be. Most of the time it isn't.
June 5, 2001

Finding One’s Meaning in Life

Finding your meaning leads to finding your purpose.
October 1, 2014

Following Jesus:  The Power of Forgiveness

Theological, psychological and practical suggestions for growth.
April 1, 2013

Food That Perishes: An Orthodox Approach to Food and Eating Disorders

Problems with food can be a disorder.
September 3, 2012

Forgiveness is Healing

Anger destroys, forgiveness can heal.
December 2, 2007

From The Fathers of the Ecumenical Councils

Be open to the Word of God. Be open minded to the Word of God.
October 21, 2007

Giving at Thanksgiving

Let's walk the path of giving.
November 1, 2010

God’s Mercy: The Focus of Eastern & Western Church Understanding

God does nothing out of retribution.
Winter, 2010

Godless Thanksgiving

"The last time I thought about God, was when I was high-tailing it away from the cops."
November 15, 2009

Godly Greatness in the Midst Of Calamity

"For he who has wealth hoarded up cannot hope in God"
September 10, 2010

Good Marriage I - How an Attitude of Entitlement Undermines Marriage

Unreasonable expectations can lead to anger and strife.
March 15, 2007

Good Marriage II. Reciprocity—The One-Way Contract that can Wreck a Marriage

The impossibility of meeting unreasonable expectations.
April 27, 2007

Good Marriage III. Nagging: The Ultimate Marital Over-Control

Nagging breeds anger and resentment.
May 15, 2007

Good Marriage IV. The “Preference Scale”

A tool for communication, negotiation, and collaboration.
June 2, 2007

Good Marriage IX. Trapped in a False Definition of Marital Love

Wrong ideas about love can weaken a marriage.
October 4, 2007

Good Marriage V. Staying Focused

A guideline for communication, negotiation and collaboration.
July 7, 2007

Good Marriage VI. Romantic Love - The Double Edged Sword of Marriage

Romantic love not enough to sustain a marriage.
July 22, 2007

Good Marriage VII. ‘Desperate Togetherness’ and the Fear of Being Alone

Fear of being alone can add the element of desperation to a marriage.
August 7, 2007

Good Marriage VIII. Rejection Phobia

When the fear of rejection can become self-fulfilling.
September 21, 2007

Good Marriage X. Perfectionism

How ideas about the "perfect spouse" can undermine marital stability.
November 20, 2007

Good Marriage XI. The Game Of Relationship Self-Esteem

Healthy self-identity in marriage.
January 9, 2008
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