Reflection of old and new tree.

From a sermon by Saint Ephrem, deacon: The cross of Christ gives life to the human race

The cross of Christ gives life to the human race Death trampled our Lord underfoot, but he in his turn treated death as a highroad for his own feet. He submitted to it, enduring it willingly, because by this means he would be able to destroy death in spite of itself. Death had its own ...

Planet with numerous prominent ring system

Hymn of the Universe by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Hymn of the Universe I live at the heart of a single, unique Element, the Center of the universe, and present in each part of it: personal Love and cosmic Power. To attain to him and become merged into his life I have before me the entire universe with its noble struggles, its impassioned quests, ...

Jesus Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene

A Meditation on John 20:11-18: Mary Magdalene Meets the Resurrected Christ

A meditation on Mary Magdalene meeting the resurrected Christ.

the desert

“Is it possible for God to prepare a table in the desert?”

In Scripture, the desert is a place of temptation, testing, solitude, prayer, and discipline. Jesus and John the Baptist both prepared for their ministries in the desert. Both Jesus and the Israelites were lead into the desert by God early in their histories and Jesus often went into the wilderness to be alone with the Father.

Lightsaber in space

The Force is strong in my family: Our Hero’s Journey

"Who's your favorite Star Wars character?" "Darth Vader!" "Is Darth Vader a good guy or a bad guy?" "Bad guy!" "What color is Luke's lightsaber in Episode VI?" "Green!" That was some of the Q&A between my son and I while walking up and down a frozen gravel mountain road on an overcast day in December 2006. ...

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Pray and Grow Rich

Last week I finished reading Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill. In case you were not aware, Hill is also the author of the famous book Think and Grow Rich which was published in 1937 and is said to have sold over 100 million copies as of 2015. Hill wrote Outwitting in 1938, but his ...

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