So the Royal Family gave us an example, that we must always be with the Lord—no matter what may happen, no matter what circumstances we may find ourselves in. And we must always be ready to suffer not only for Christ’s sake, but also for the sake of our neighbor.
A discussion about the newly released book from Uncut Mountain Press, On the Reception of the Heterodox into the Orthodox Church: Patristic Consensus and Criteria with Fr. John Whiteford, rector of St. Jonah Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Spring, TX, outside of Houston.
No matter what lofty gifts a person may have been worthy of, no matter what heights of theology he has reached, no matter what ascetical labors he has performed, if all of this has not brought him to love, then all his labors were in vain.
The presence of children in the church gives me special joy. Thank God, we managed to arrange a good Sunday school, and children attend it willingly. We try to avoid just cramming the catechism at classes, but we have a lively dialogue about the life of Christ, about the commandments, and what not.
Since there are no ready-made solutions to this fundamental spiritual problem, at least some preventive measures can be taken that will protect us against a possible crisis of faith, “laymen burnout”. These rules are quite simple. Let’s call them “life hacks for tired laymen”.