May 2022

Prepared for Faith

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Tue, 05/31/2022 - 07:59
We know that God is beyond time because He is the creator of time. We also know that He has been planning our salvation since before we were created. So, if God has always known that we would follow Him, and if He has placed various prophecies and signs in our path, why didn’t God ‘just save us’ and move on? It is tempting to think that God would ‘just save us’ and move on, but that would not be an expression of His love. He didn’t want only to save us. He wants to be in communion with us, and for that He needs us to want to be in communion with Him.

Sacrifice of Love

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Mon, 05/30/2022 - 08:20

As Americans today we honor the fallen soldiers who left for war and never returned home to their families. We call this the ultimate sacrifice in our culture. We are thankful for our fallen heroes, and we honor the war dead with parades and concerts. It is even a work holiday for many in our nation. Be Transfigured Ministries is extremely grateful for their sacrifice. We could not have our ministry if it were not for them, but there was a sacrifice greater even than that of soldiers.

Episode 366 – Sunday of Faith

On the Sixth Sunday of Pascha, the Church recalls the healing of the man born blind. Known as the Sunday of the Blind Man, it is truly about faith. The Blind Man saw Christ as God with his heart. The Pharisees refused to see Christ as God, not because they eyes didn’t work, but because they thought it was easier to remain in their sins. Too often, we do no live as if we believe, like the Pharisees.

Against Cremation

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Fri, 05/27/2022 - 08:08

When it comes to our struggle against the modern, secular world, one consistent patter emerges. Our society has no regard for the human body as the Temple of the Holy Spirit. We abuse our bodies with drugs and alcohol. We use our bodies as canvas for artwork, and we pincushions. It should come as no surprise then that when our bodies die, more and more are opting for cremation. The Church is against cremation, but few know why.

Not Just Names in a Book

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Thu, 05/26/2022 - 08:10

Today is one of those days I feel sad for non-Orthodox Christians and Orthodox Christians who do not take the time to connect with the saints and readings of the day. I have often written about the benefits of the Church Calendar when it comes to feasts and fasts, or the joy of reading the New Testament in a year. Today I want to focus on the tradition of commemorating different Saints every day.

Celebrating the Faith

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Wed, 05/25/2022 - 07:45

Ever since I was a college freshman, I have been a HUGE advocate of living within a schedule. My day timer was with me at all times. If you wanted to spend time with me, or have me attend a function, it HAD to be on my calendar. By the time I was out of college and working for the Church, my calendar went from being semester-focused to eighteen-month focused. I ‘knew’ or at least knew what I was planned to do for the foreseeable future. One day, my friend caught a glance at the Archdiocese Planner that was on my desk. It was May 25th and he said, “Boy!

Summer of Faith

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Tue, 05/24/2022 - 08:14

Some people pray on their knees for hours each day. Others eat only one or two meals per week. Some walk about dangerous neighborhoods and hospitals blessing people and giving hope in Christ. Those who are really devoted, enter the desert caves to live in extreme asceticism. Then there are those who climb up on pillars of rock and live. All do it to show their love for and faith in God. All do it because they heard the invitation of Christ to love God more than anything else in the world. What do you do to show your love for God?

I Remember When

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Mon, 05/23/2022 - 08:47

I have been working for the Church professionally for nearly thirty years. Throughout my entire career in the Church, there is one common dysfunction that I always encounter. It isn’t bad intentions, nor even lack of effort. The dysfunction common in every place I have ever worked is the refusal to see the past didn’t accomplish what we wanted it to accomplish, and it normally includes some version of, “I remember when…”

Summer Heat

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Sun, 05/22/2022 - 20:20

This week marks the end of another school year, and the beginning of a new adventure we all know and love as summer. Even for families without children in school, the end of the school year represents the cycle of life and the enjoyable tradition of summer vacations! For those of us in Florida, summer also means unbearable heat and the need for some refreshing water at the beach.

Let Me Speak about Jesus

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Sat, 05/21/2022 - 09:40
The other day I had the privilege of enjoying time spent with a group of pastors (I was the only priest present) and Dave Ramsey, the well-known Christian-based financial planner. I am a big fan of his program, and share it with every young couple I meet, as well as my entire parish.
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