His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah opened the 2009 spring meeting of the OCA's Metropolitan Council with a retreat titled "The Spiritual Process." In this talk, he discussed the essence of the spiritual journey and how to find inner healing though a life completely surrendered to the will of God.
John Maddex interviews Valerie Zahirsky, Co-chair of the Department of Christian Education of the Orthodox Church in America, about Saints in Times of Trouble, a free activity book for Orthodox children and parents.
Veronica Hughes was a 20-year seeker, practitioner, and teacher of hatha yoga, EST, Hinduism, occult, metaphysics, psychic healing, out of body travel, spirit channeling, Tibetan Buddhism, and Theosophy before re-discovering her childhood faith in Christ in the Orthodox Church. Don't miss part 2 of Kevin Allen's Illumined Heart interview.
How can we replicate the prayer lives of the monks on Mt. Athos? Fr. Peter Alban Heers tells us that we need to start with a program—in a new episode of Postcards from Greece.
When we look at human beings, what do we see? More importantly, are we willing to see ourselves? Steve the Builder explains.
Everyone in Christendom claims noted Christian author C. S. Lewis as one of their own! Met. Kallistos Ware calls him an "anonymous Orthodox." In this edition of The Illumined Heart, C. S. Lewis scholar Chris Jensen and Kevin Allen examine key beliefs of C. S. Lewis and find that he is far more patristic in ethos and praxis than he is a "mere" Christian!
What can we learn from the Publican? The virtue of humility, without which we cannot be saved. In this week's episode of Hearts and Minds, Fr. John explains why the "saving disciplines" are worthless when accompanied by pride.
Matthew Gallatin takes a close look at Romans 9:14-21 to see whether it indeed supports the doctrine of unconditional election. What he finds is that such an interpretation fails on two counts: It does not fit with the context of the passage, and it fails to understand the verses in the comprehensive light of scripture.