Mary Magdalene movie- Netflix review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w47IJjuEV8o Let me start by saying I really wanted to like this movie. Aside from Mary, the Mother of God, Mary Magdalene is perhaps one of the most controversial women of the bible. She has been constantly vilified and has endured character assassination throughout history. All of that is for another blog post. I watched … Continue reading Mary Magdalene movie- Netflix review

Getting back to church and a la cart topics

Next week is Passion Week. Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. There will be a liturgy every morning next week plus all of the services for Pascha. I have been gone from church so much that people had begun to ask my sister if I had moved! It is a delicate balance trying to attend when there … Continue reading Getting back to church and a la cart topics

Suffering as a Christian and Passion Week

St. Mary of Egypt. Yes, that is a lion in the background. It is digging her grave. If you have ever suffered as a Christian and have been part of a certain heretical doctrine that states 'really good' Christians should never suffer because if you live your life right the blessings of God over take … Continue reading Suffering as a Christian and Passion Week

Bagging on prots… again

To be clear, when I say I am 'bagging' on someone it is THIS: bag on someone in. to criticize someone. Stop bagging on me! I'm tired of all your complaining. 2. n. to tease someone. The other day on twitter, someone pointed out that I tend to trash talk Protestants... alot. And they are … Continue reading Bagging on prots… again

Thirty Steps to Heaven

When I began looking into Orthodoxy, I realized quickly that I would need to adjust my thinking. It seems as if almost everything I had learned growing up attending Protestant churches was askew. I am not going to go into all of the details but basically for at least the first year of catecumen classes … Continue reading Thirty Steps to Heaven

Your 10 Lenten dares!

Do you know people like this? I do, yet even when I point it out to them in scripture they still refuse to believe. The other side of that coin is often these same people talk themselves out of doing what they read in the bible by refusing to believe what they read pertains to … Continue reading Your 10 Lenten dares!

This post is for the Protestants

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b810SVzh2Nk I have been where you are... seeking... wanting to know more... yet filled with fear. You have been conditioned for years to believe certain things are true. And for protestants these things ARE true but for Christianity they are not true. Lent is just right around the corner. March 7th to be exact. Be … Continue reading This post is for the Protestants

Preparing for the Deep Dive into Lent

Yesterday I posted a photo of a book, and icon I had purchased at church. I started reading it to see what I needed to do to prepare to read this book for 40 days. The author mentioned that the study in this book could be used as a spiritual retreat. After having only been … Continue reading Preparing for the Deep Dive into Lent

Real-time confession

New-to-me-iconography in church. Most Holy Theotokos Joy of All Who Sorrow. The left is an icon of the Prayer of the Optina Elders. The right is a book by Frederica Mathewes-Green I attended Divine liturgy for the first time in months and did real-time confession for the first time in a year. As I was … Continue reading Real-time confession