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On Sophrosyne: An Orthodox Christian Perspective

On Sophrosyne: An Orthodox Christian Perspective

~ by Presbytera Maria Koulianos ~ Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6 In the Orthodox Tradition, this poignant icon painted in 1809 in Tver, Russia called "Goodwill" represents the lineage of the...

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Beautiful Eyes

Beautiful Eyes

~ by Lisa Jacobson ~Children have beautiful eyes. I love to look long and hard into them: the mirror of their souls. This gift of lovely eyes is from God, of course. How often are those beautiful eyes taught to really see beauty? Are they looking and appreciating the...

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On Temperance

On Temperance

~ by Joanne Schinstock ~This summer I’ve been reading In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden. The premise of the book centers on the protagonist, Phillipa Talbot, a middle-aged woman who leaves her job, her friends, and her London life-style to join a cloistered order...

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Reclaiming the Delight of Learning to Read

Reclaiming the Delight of Learning to Read

~ by  Angelique Chaverri ~For many, reading is one of the great joys of life. We find adventure, beauty, insight into the human condition, new skills, and even the courage to face the dragons in our own lives.  Homeschooling families often delight in read-alouds while...

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Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

~ by Monika Minehart ~“What do you want to be when you grow up?” We hear this question repeated again and again to our children from a very young age. It seems to be a harmless question, and in many ways it is; but it also is an instructive question that can mislead...

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What a Year Teaching C.S. Lewis Has Taught Me

What a Year Teaching C.S. Lewis Has Taught Me

~ by Casey McCall ~This school year I’ve had the privilege of teaching two new classes at Scholé Academy on the writings of C.S. Lewis, one for middle schoolers and one for high schoolers. As a new instructor, I was excited about the school’s concept of the “Great...

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Fortitude in Science

Fortitude in Science

~ by Dr. Kathryn Morton ~  I recently broached the subject of fortitude with my high school science students.  Initially we reflected on figures like Nelson Mandela, Naboth and his vineyard, and Atticus Finch.  Then we turned to famous physicists and biologists to...

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Let No One Fear Death

Let No One Fear Death

~ by Sarah Roumas ~On Lazarus Saturday, Orthodox Christians celebrate the day that Jesus raised his beloved friend Lazarus from the dead. This feast is a wonderful and fascinating day! It is celebrated on the day before Palm Sunday. Fasting is relaxed over the...

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The Joy of Anonymous Craftsmanship

The Joy of Anonymous Craftsmanship

~ by Randi Maria Sider-Rose ~When art was severed from God, when the anonymous craftsperson became rather an "artistic superstar," a vital connection to creativity was lost.  Saint Raphael iconography instructor Randi Maria Sider-Rose reflects on how all visual art,...

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The Gift of Fortitude

The Gift of Fortitude

~ by Amy Morgan ~Noah was commanded by God to build a boat and declare to his neighbors that a flood was coming to destroy them. For decades of cloudless skies, he persisted in his message and in his carpentry despite the ridicule of his community.  Ester found...

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Remembering the Fortitude of Mary and Joseph at Christmas

Remembering the Fortitude of Mary and Joseph at Christmas

~ by Fr. Christopher Marchand ~ It is possible [for a man] to be genuinely brave only . . . when, with a clear view of the real situation facing him, he cannot help being afraid, and, indeed, with good reason. If in this supreme test, in face of which the braggart...

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