Orthodoxy Today


February 2016

Being True to Our Purpose

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

January 2016

What the World Needs Now is Personhood

Fr. George Morelli
That the world needs love is a truism. But what kind of love does it need?
January 1, 2016

December 2015

The Spirituality of Moral Unity: Standing Together

The 21st century: The best and worst of times
December 12, 2015

November 2015

The Best Thanksgiving is Giving

It's an old aphorism but true: It is better to give than to receive.
November 23, 2015

October 2015

Understanding Orthodoxy for Mental Health Practitioners - Part 8

"You doctors, must take good care of your patients in order to avoid unpleasant situations."
October 20, 2015

September 2015

Courageous Engagement

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

Saving God’s Creation: Another East-West Alliance

A moral challenge to be aware of our past sins and repent for them by reversing the ills we have inflicted.
September 5, 2015

Undue Concern Over Other’s Problems

Undue concern about the problems of others affects our own well-being.
September 1, 2015

August 2015

Understanding Orthodoxy for Mental Health Practitioners: Part 7

A follow up course to Orthodox Christian Spirituality and Cognitive Psychotherapy: An Online Course.
August 3, 2015

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

July 2015

Smart Parenting XXV: “Yes, Virginia, Second and Third Hand Smoking is Child Abuse”

Exposing children to secondhand smoke is a "moral failure" that needs addressing by mental health practitioners
July 11, 2015

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

June 2015

Understanding Orthodoxy for Mental Health Practitioners - Part 7

Afollow up course to Orthodox Christian Spirituality and Cognitive Psychotherapy: An Online Course, that appeared in four parts over the years 2012-2013.
June 4, 2015

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

May 2015

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

April 2015

Understanding Orthodoxy for Mental Health Practitioners - Part 6

A follow up course to Orthodox Christian Spirituality and Cognitive Psychotherapy: An Online Course
April 3, 2015

Chaplain’s Corner: True Happiness

Two paths to experience happiness.
April 3, 2015

March 2015

Healing Society: Understanding True Personhood

Some Christian communities not in communion with the Apostolic Churches have not dealt directly with the issue of personhood.
March 1, 2015

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

February 2015

Understanding Orthodoxy for Mental Health Practitioners — Part 5

Fr. George Morelli
A follow up course to Orthodox Christian Spirituality and Cognitive Psychotherapy: An Online Course published in 2012-2013.
February 3, 2015

Perfectionism vs. Diligence

Perfectionism is the enemy of success. Diligence is its friend.
February 3, 2015

January 2015

Allied Against Criminalizing Christ and His Church

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

December 2014

Understanding Orthodoxy for Mental Health Practitioners—Part 4

A follow up course to Orthodox Christian Spirituality and Cognitive Psychotherapy: An Online Course
December 2, 2014

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

November 2014

Smart Parenting XXIV: Spanking - Physical, Psychological and Moral Abuse

There are better ways to teach behavioral discipline than imposing pain.
November 1, 2014

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

Are you a cynic or hopeful?
November 1, 2014

October 2014

Understanding Orthodoxy for Mental Health Practioners—Part 3

A follow up to "Orthodox Christian Spirituality and Cognitive Psychotherapy: An Online Course."
October 1, 2014

Finding One’s Meaning in Life

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

September 2014

New Martyrs Everywhere

The Evil One working under the guise of our own particular weaknesses particularly the passions and prejudices.
September 1, 2014

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

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

August 2014

Understanding Orthodoxy for Mental Health Practitioners:  Part 2

A follow up course to Orthodox Christian Spirituality and Cognitive Psychotherapy: An Online Course
August 1, 2014


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

July 2014

Healing the Church of the Homogenization of Vocations: A Psycho-Theological Reflection

The teachings of Christ and His Church is not formulated by popular opinion
July 1, 2014

Chaplain’s Corner: Unlikely Heroes in Crisis Times

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

June 2014

Understanding Orthodoxy for Mental Health Practitioners - Part 1

The mission of the Orthodox Christian Church, at its most basic, is to continue and make available the restorative healing of mankind.
June 1, 2014

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

May 2014

Staying Connected To Our Spiritual Family: Our Parish Church

How we to do the work of God?
May 1, 2014

Chaplain’s Corner: Spiritual Neglect

Thoughts on sloth.
May 1, 2014

April 2014

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

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

Interiorized Spirituality (Monasticism) and the Domestic Church

The family home is the "domestic Church."
April 1, 2014

March 2014

Compassion: The Forgotten Virtue

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

Chaplain’s Corner: The Importance of Family in Healing

Healing improves in caring families.
March 2, 2014

February 2014

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

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

Chaplain’s Corner. Integrity: The Foundation of Trust

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

January 2014

Mindfulness as Known by the Church Fathers

Spiritual health equals pure thoughts, an enlightened mind, and a purified heart
January 10, 2014

December 2013

Where has all the Trust Gone?

The damage that loss of trust and diminishment of trustworthiness cause in the modern world. . .may be a significant reason to re-establish religion in our lives
January 1, 2014

November 2013

Toward Healing Apostolic Church Disunity: Speaking with One Voice

Even though the Catholic and Orthodox Churches are divided, maintaining agreement on the core issues of the Christian faith is paramount.
December 1, 2013

Chaplain’s Corner: Self Awareness and Self Control

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

What George Washington Shows Us In His First Thanksgiving Proclamation

Early America was steeped in Christian understanding.
November 28, 2013

What George Washington Shows Us In His First Thanksgiving Proclamation

Early America was steeped in Christian understanding.
November 28, 2013

Interview with Fr. George Morelli: To Teach and To Heal

A closer look at Fr. George Morelli and the ideas guiding his ministry.
Nov 25, 21013

October 2013

Chaplain’s Corner - Supporting Others

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

Forgiveness, Ritual, and Sacrament

The Church helps us show mercy to others.
October 6, 2013

Living as an Orthodox Christian in a Non-Orthodox World

Faith, like hope and love, begins at home.
October 3, 2013

Chaplains Corner - Supporting Orthers

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

September 2013

Politics, Ideas, and the West

“Civilizations,” wrote the historian Arnold Toynbee, “die from suicide, not from murder.”
September 10, 2013

Orthodox Christian Spirituality and Cognitive Psychotherapy: An Online Course Part 4

Examining the healing potential of faith.
September 1, 2013

Self Honesty

The psychological multi-dimensionality of self-honesty.
September 1, 2013

August 2013

Smart Parenting XXII. Applying Christ’s Beatitudes to Parenting

Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice's sake.
August 1, 2013

Renewed Possibilities for the Apostolic Churches

The pastoral focus of Pope Francis bodes increased cooperation of the Apostolic Churches.
August 1, 2013

July 2013

From Hard Time to Orthodoxy

The story of Clark Porter, Orthodox convert.
July 31, 2013

Orthodox Christian Spirituality and Cognitive Psychotherapy: An Online Course Part 3

Distorted cognitions and the passions (strong emotions).
July 1, 2013

Defusing Incivility

Incivility begets more incivility.
July 1, 2013

June 2013

Chief Rabbi: Atheism has Failed. Only Religion can Defeat the New Barbarians

The West is suffering for its loss of faith. Unless we rediscover religion, our civilisation is in peril
June 18, 2013

Living in the Hingeway: A Reflection on Church and Culture

Post-moderns opens the door to a rediscovery of sacramentalism.
June 10, 2013

The Body and Sexuality: How We As Orthodox Understand It

A Lenten Retreat
June 1, 2013

Ordinary People & Extraordinary Demands

After the Boston bombings we knew the world changed -- again.
June 1, 2013

May 2013

Studying Peter and Mark Together

There is wisdom and merit in the impulse to study the writings of Peter and Mark together.
May 23, 2013

The Illusionist

How Herbert Marcuse convinced a generation that censorship is tolerance and other politically correct tricks
May 23, 2013

Euphemisms as Political Manipulation

Manipulating language to hide the truth.
May 24, 2013

How America Helped Kill Middle Eastern Christianity

American foreign policy contributes to persecution of Christians.
May 12, 2013

Either Europe Will Become Christian Again or It Will Become Muslim

"Secularists, opposing the Church in every way, do not realize that they are fighting against the strongest inspiration and the most effective defense of Western civilization."
May 9, 2013

Questions Surround Religious Ministries, Health Mandates

"HHS has such a narrow standard as to who operates a religious ministry, Jesus himself couldn't pass muster."
May 8, 2013

The Mass Exodus of Christians from the Muslim World

Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other.
May 8, 2013

Peter’s Theology of the Atonement

When we consider the oral tradition that preceded the writing of the Gospels, it is essential to consider its personal quality.
May 8, 2013

Christ as the Paschal Lamb

Combining the imagery of Exodus and Isaiah.
May 8, 2013

Gosnell Not An Aberration

Late term abortion and infanticide are a provocative front in an all-out war waged against Judeo/Christian morality. This presents substantial moral peril.
May 7, 2013

The Coercive Freedom of Choice

The privileging of “choice” requires re-engineering the human person and society.
May 6, 2013

The Future of Democracy and Liberty in an Age of Infectious Noise

The moral confusion of our time has a consuming effect on our ability to make sense of reality and to be content with daily existence.
May 2. 2013

Building Bridges Between Orthodox and Catholic Christians: Interview with Fr Robert Taft, SJ

A Catholic scholar examines Orthodox - Catholic relations.
May 2, 2013

Smart Parenting XXI. Applying Christ’s Beatitudes to Parenting: Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Bring peace to ourselves in order to bring it to our families.
May 1, 2013

April 2013

Peace is Precious

There can be no happiness without peace.
May 1, 2013

When Men Forsake God, Tyranny Always Follows

Godlessness is the first step to the concentration camp.
April 4, 2013

Why Do Eastern Orthodox Churches Enable Opposition to Orthodox Values on Abortion, Sexual Morality?

The Orthodox need to drop out of the National Council of Churches.
April 4, 2013

Protecting Marriage to Protect Children

Homosexual marriage destroys the right of the child to know who created him.
April 4, 2013

March 2013

Who Guards The Most Sacred Site In Christendom? Two Muslims

Practice dates back to the 12th century.
March 31, 2013

Following Jesus:  The Power of Forgiveness

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

Chaplains Corner - Self Reflection: Compassion and Civility

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

The Colloquium and Pope Francis

Orthodox and Catholic relations.
March 29, 2013

Planned Parenthood Official Endorses Infanticide

Infanticide continues its slow movement toward respectability.
March 29, 2013

Alveda King: How Can Blacks Survive if We Murder Our Children?

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
March 29, 2013

The Enemy Christ Defeated

The enemy that Christ destroyed is death.
March 29, 2013

Pakistani Mob Destroys Hundreds of Christian Homes in Lahore

International community remains silent.
March 28, 2013

CS Lewis on Living Among Immortals

"Lewis. . .pulls aside the veil of worldly cares and materialist presumptions."
March 28, 2013

Yuri Gagarin, First Human in Space, was a Devout Christian, says His Close Friend

Never said there was no God in space.
March 27, 2013

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

Hubris and humility.
March 2, 2013

Apostolic Church Unity: Hope, Prayer and Work

Orthodox and Catholic cooperation is increasing.
March 2, 2013

February 2013

Seeing the Good in Others

When things look bad, look for good.
February 2, 2013

Orthodox Christian Spirituality and Cognitive Psychotherapy: An Online Course Part 2

Cognitive therapy and religious practice.
February 2, 2013
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