Becoming One is an ongoing offering for marriage enrichment. Each Becoming One presents a brief quotation or teaching on marriage along with an exercise or challenge for the couple. Couple's Activities Repentance in Marriage Time for a Time Out? Giving Our Spouse Space Our Spouse is our Closest Neighbor Marriage for the Glory of Christ Daily [...]
This is an outstanding article on marriage. Though it is not written from an Orthodox perspective, or even a Christian perspective, many insightful "truths" about marriage that we can all learn from are well articulated. And, as Orthodox we can fill in what is lacking and incomplete. "36 Things I Know After 36 Years of [...]
In this article, the author utilizes some of the basic principles espoused by John Gottman, a well-respected marriage expert to describe key elements for a lasting, life-giving marriage. Not surprisingly, the author claims that these necessary elements are kindness and generosity. The author beautifully explains practical, daily ways to exercise kindness and generosity toward our spouse, stretching the reader's understanding of these two, necessary elements of a healthy marriage.
My husband and I recently returned from a pilgrimage to holy sites in northern Greece. During this trip, the men in the group spent some time on Mt. Athos, while the women stayed near Ormylia and visited The Monastery of the Annunciation. While visiting Simonopetra, one of the monks gave the men the following directive: [...]
Humility is a virtue that all Christians are called to live and practice; it is a hallmark of authentic Christian life. We find many references to humility in the Scriptures, the fathers and contemporary elders.
1 Peter 5:5 : Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”