• St. Sophia's Holy Paradox: Loving God First is Loving Your Children More

    Center for Family Care

    September 16, 2020

    Saint Sophia’s witness has gifted loving mothers throughout the ages with a special Wisdom to emulate: loving Christ more than the temporary happiness of our own children is actually loving them more. Read More

  • A Delightful Surprise: Part I

    Center for Family Care

    September 14, 2020

    How can we more intentionally recognize Christ in our midst in every nook and cranny of family life? Read More

  • Body of Christ

    Center for Family Care

    September 8, 2020

    The priest commemorates the names of the dead and living members of His Body in the Proskomide prayers. These are not just names, these are people: each with his or her own beauty, talent, personality, as well as blemishes, uneven growth, and moldy spots on their souls. Jesus is willing to become so very small for us, and even more unfathomably, He is willing to become, us; and so we offer Him the best we have. It can never be perfect but it is all we have to give. In return He joins us to His own Precious, Perfect Body. Read More

  • Childlike vs. Childish

    Center for Family Care

    August 31, 2020

    We must make a distinction between the terms childlike and childish. Those of you who have children or grandchildren know that childish behavior includes conduct that is self-centered and disobedient. Those with childlike qualities, on the other hand, reveal basic Christian characteristics. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 8: God Rested

    Center for Family Care

    August 3, 2020

    It's time to Soak Up the Son for the last time this summer! This week we learn about what happened when God rested after the creation! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 7: Animals & Humans

    Center for Family Care

    July 27, 2020

    It's time to Soak Up the Son! This week we are learning about how God created all the animals and the first human beings! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 6: Birds & Fish

    Center for Family Care

    July 20, 2020

    It's time to Soak Up the Son! This week we learn about what happened when God created the air and sea creatures! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 5: Sun, Moon, & Stars

    Center for Family Care

    July 13, 2020

    It's time to Soak up the Son! This week we learn how God formed the sun, moon, and stars. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 4: Earth, Seas, & Plants

    Center for Family Care

    July 6, 2020

    It's time to Soak Up the Son! This week we are learning about how God formed the earth, seas, and plants on the third day of creation! Read More

  • Soak up the Son - Week 3: The Sky

    Center for Family Care

    June 29, 2020

    Welcome back to Soak Up the Son! This week are talking about what happened when God created the sky! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 2: First Day of Creation

    Center for Family Care

    June 22, 2020

    This week on Soak Up the Son we are talking about what happened on the first day of creation! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Week 1: Angels

    Center for Family Care

    June 15, 2020

    It's time to Soak Up the Son! Welcome to the first week of our summer series. This week we talk about God's first created beings...angels! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: The Wonder of Creation

    Center for Family Care

    June 12, 2020

    Join the GOA Center for Family Care this summer as we explore the beauty of God's creation. New episodes premiere every Monday at 12PM EST! Read More

  • What Social Distancing Taught Us About Our Non Verbal Son's Faith

    Center for Family Care

    April 27, 2020

    I want to reflect on a particular little death and resurrection which is unveiling itself in the midst of our more stringent self-isolating these days. My non-verbal teenager is showing me something of his relationship with the Lord. Read More

  • Holy Week Hymns for Families

    Center for Family Care

    April 8, 2020

    A selection of Holy Week hymns for families to focus on at home. Read More

  • Why Life?

    Center for Family Care

    February 24, 2020

    The question I am asking and attempting to partly answer in this reflection is “Why?” What exactly is at the heart of the way we deem some human beings more valuable - more fully human - than others? Why do we despise certain groups and see them as threats to our wellbeing? Why do we see our own children as enemies waiting to steal our lives from us? Read More

  • Family Resolutions: New Year, New You?

    Center for Family Care

    January 1, 2020

    The beginning of January, the first month of the civil calendar, is a traditional time in our society when countless people take something of an inventory of their lives, resolving to implement changes in the hope of bringing about the desired effect. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 15

    Center for Family Care

    August 25, 2019

    On September 1, we celebrate the Ecclesiastical (Church) New Year. This day has also been set aside by the Ecumenical Patriarch as a special day of Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 14

    Center for Family Care

    August 18, 2019

    The significance of an Orthodox Christian’s regular participation in the sacrament of Holy Communion cannot be overstated. Having received the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are mystically united to Him and one another.also been set aside by the Ecumenical Patriarch as a special day of Protection for the Environment. During prayers this week, read Psalm 103 (104), which is read at the beginning of Vespers. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 13

    Center for Family Care

    August 11, 2019

    As descendants of Adam and Eve, we have inherited the reality of a fallen world. One of the basic truths we accept as Orthodox Christians is that we are sinners. This is important to acknowledge. as “offering” and, as such, is a fitting name for the bread we bring to church for the Divine Liturgy. The making of prosphora in our homes is an opportunity for families to gather and participate in the life of the Church in a meaningful way. Read More