Don't blame God for what goes wrong. Find the wisdom in the experience and move on.
The Nativity Fast is a period of abstinence and penance that is practiced by the Orthodox Christians in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ on 25th December.
The fast is similar to the Advent in Western churches, except that it runs for 40 days instead of four weeks. The fast is observed from
The Orthodox Christian Church believe in the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as separate entities and not a
Pentecost, also known as Whitsunday, commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples of Jesus Christ, as described in the New Testament of the Bible.
This is a traditional day for
Pascha commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Pascha celebrates the deliverance and liberation of all humanity from the power of death, and the death and resurrection of Christ is a symbol of that.
Pascha is regarded as the feast of universal redemption.
This day commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.
The day is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday.
According to the accounts in the Gospels, Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for
The Catholic Church in England and Wales moves this festival to the nearest Sunday if it falls on a Saturday or Monday.
Epiphany (Greek for "to manifest" or "to show"), is a Christian feast day which celebrates the revelation of God in human form as Jesus Christ. In the East, where the celebration originated,
I think of myself as a kind, decent person from a good family. I was brought up to believe in a God of love and was involved with the church when I was a kid. My mother is a devout Christian and a beautiful person.
I know many people whom, in my opinion, don't care about God or religion but they seem to have their own way and get whatever they want. It seems that these people have such an easy life.
About ten years ago this so-called loving God took great pleasure in ripping my family to pieces. My father contracted a chronic illness which left him an angry, nasty man needing constant care.
My mother became his full-time nurse against her will and had to give up all her freedom. My dad aims all his frustration at me, and my brother tries in vain to be a peace-maker.
As if that was not enough, God then decided
God is like an oxygen mask on a plane - a soft, gentle breath that is there when you need it.
Don't expect big miracles unless you are grateful for the small miracles.
There was a time when 'meditation or no meditation?' was a serious issue for me. I come from a Protestant background where in my (admittedly biased) view prayer was a practice of reciting long-winded and important-sounding words. I struggled for years with the concept of prayer. It did not make sense to me that in church other people should pray on my behalf - but then I thought that was just me being the rebel again, and I kept quiet about it.
Outside of church I read books about prayer, and the prayers of other people. Still, I had this feeling that something was missing. Eventually I gave up on figuring out what prayer is about and just got on with life.
Of course I had conversations in my mind with God, but none of the books that I read described these conversations as prayer. The conversations were also quite one-sided, because I told God