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Giving to her reminds me that I am a con-artist too. I may hide it better, but we are all at least a little bit dishonest about ourselves. It reminds me that I am a poor sinner, just like everybody else. I may not need money, but I am as needy and poor as…(Read More)

by John G. Panagiotou This article originally appeared on the website of the Orthodox Institute of America “Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.”  These words of Jesus have resonated within the hearts of people for two thousand years. What was Jesus talking about? What do Jesus, the Bible, and the Church…(Read More)

The Magazine: Counting Dogs


Seeing the dogs’ smiling faces would bring enough joy on its own. But counting dogs also reminds me it’s possible to see beauty and eternity anywhere and everywhere. So even when the three dogs’ driveway is empty, I look for beauty,,, That’s why counting dogs is part of my spiritual practice…(Read More)

white crosses with a name and date set up on the shoulder of a busy highway, elaborate front yard arrangements of candles and stuffed animals, urban sidewalks dotted with candles and liquor bottles; these places, tributes to local death, are holy ground. But what do they mean, to those who pass by and to those…(Read More)

The Magazine: Practicing


There is a right way to practice music that I find very difficult. It involves getting right into the middle of the tricky parts and working through them again and again and again. There are neurological reasons that make this the most effective way to study a piece and to improve in good time. But…(Read More)

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