Oct 20 – Created to Give!

Do you remember last week’s Gospel? Today’s Epistle reading reminds us about the sower and his seeds. In Luke 8:5, the seed was the Word of God. Now, we have a chance to reflect on what that means for our life. What is our response to the many blessings God continues to give us? If we are sowers and spread the seeds so they may grow and provide fruit, how does that touch others’ lives? God has blessed us first with life, a loving family & home, and a church family where we grow together toward His Kingdom with [...]

Oct 13 – Holy Icons, Icon Smashers, and You

Reflections on today’s commemoration by Fr. Angelo—October 13, 2019 Can you imagine our church without icons?  Today we remember the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, who met in Nicea in 787 A.D.   At this council, they defended our faith against the “iconoclasts” or “icon-smashers” who wanted to destroy all holy icons.  The Holy Fathers maintained the teaching that icons are forms of spirituality and used for Christian education.   They taught that icons are not to be worshiped, but venerated or revered.  The respect is being given not to the wood and paint but to the person depicted on the [...]

Oct 6 – Jesus and the Widow of Nain | A Message for Parents

God cares for us especially while we struggle, and struggles affect parents and children alike.  In today's Gospel, we hear about the widowed mother from Nain, who encounters Jesus during the funeral procession for her only son, who had just passed away.  What happened when Jesus saw her and stopped the funeral procession shows us first of all, how much compassion the Lord had for her! St. Luke specifically tells us that Jesus had compassion on her – not only for losing her son, but that she would be an outcast in society and dependent upon financial support from others. Compassion [...]

Welcome to the Faithful Family blog of Fr. Angelo Maginas

My hope for this site is to provide our Sts. Constantine and Helen families with all the resources you need to stay involved in our parish -- events, links, etc. -- in one place.  I also hope to provide timely insights into the Gospel readings for each week, as well as other important topics for Orthodox Christian parents, who have been entrusted by the Lord to raise children to "draw near" to Him with faith and love.   If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at FrAngelo@stsconstantinehelen.com 

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