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Sunday, April 24, 2016

"10 Ways To Benefit From Holy Week" & "Guidelines to Holy Week by Fr. Dawood Lamey"

Holy week is one of the most important weeks of the year for our spiritual lives. During this week we experience Christ’s journey to the Cross reminding us of the reality of sin and death. Christ conquered sin and death and his triumph is ours as well. To truly benefit from Holy Week we need to attend it, feel it, hear it, experience it, taste it... we need to journey with Christ.

I received an Email on how to benefit spiritually from Holy Week and I felt the need to share it with everyone. It's split in TWO PARTS. The first half is "10 Ways To Benefit From Holy Week"  and the second half is "Guidelines to Holy Week by Fr. Dawood  Lamey"
Monday, August 25, 2014

Ricky Bobby: From Agnostic to Orthodox Christian

Ricky Bobby: From Agnostic to Orthodox Christian

The number of people converting to Orthodox Christianity today is amazingly high and fills me with joy. It seems like every day I hear about someone converting to Orthodoxy. I decided to go out and ask for some of these convert’s stories and share it with everyone that it may encourage and/or even help those who are interested in the Orthodox faith. First, I’ll be sharing my close friend’s stories then I’ll reach out to others. (If you have a story or know someone who does please Email me at

The following is my good friend Ricky aka Ricky Bobby’s story of his journey to the Orthodox faith:
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How To Forgive Someone In a Week

How To Forgive Someone In a Week

Forgiveness is one of the most beautiful things in our lives. It mends hearts, heals wounds, break chains of bondage, and lifts weight of burdens. Yet how can something so beautiful and great be so difficult to give? That is a struggle we all go through at one time or another when we find ourselves hurt… betrayed… wounded.

“They talk about me behind my back… she betrayed my trust… they stole from me… He lied to me… She cheated on me” are just a few of the many common examples of phrases right before the words, “…How then can I forgive him/her/them.” Well, forgiving someone is easier said than done. I know because I’ve been there several times as, I’m sure, many of us have.

Friday, December 27, 2013

On Confession (Part 1): My Struggle With it

Intro: Confession in the Orthodox Church

Since I am Coptic Orthodox, I address confession from the Orthodox perspective. I am aware there are many visitors to “The Narrow Path” who do not know of or don’t know much about the Orthodox Church and its beautiful ancient Faith. Therefore, I decided to add a very quick intro on confession from the Orthodox perspective in order for all those who are unfamiliar could better understand some of the situations as well as my personal struggles that follow.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Being Corrected: Hearing What You Don’t Want to Hear

Being corrected is something we experience from childhood to old age. We are corrected by family, friends, Clergy, coaches, bosses, teachers, etc… Sometimes we accept these corrections but at other times we don’t want to hear them. Have you ever wondered why you didn’t want to hear or accept a correction from someone even though it would benefit you for the better? The bottom line is we must learn to accept being corrected in a humble way.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

H.H. Pope Shenouda III Quotes

H.H. Pope Shenouda III Quotes

  • "The Lord is not a tariff or tax imposed on you.  On the contrary, God is your sheer joy and utmost delight; He is althogether lovely." - H.H. Pope Shenouda III
    • "Christ endured His servants slap to Him, spit on Him, and insult Him, yet endured based on the power of His love.  Who of us is able to endure this?" - H.H. Pope Shenouda III

  • "You are dark because of your sin, but you have become beautiful through your repentance." - H.H. Pope Shenouda III
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

That Awkward Moment When You… Evangelize?!

Evangelism is by far my favorite service; it doesn’t matter which form/way/type it’s done in, but I’ll admit I find street evangelism the most enjoyable. Every time I hit the streets along with a group of people either from my area or from other churches, I notice one thing MANY of those who evangelize have in common and I figured out their secret. THE MOB HAS A HIT ON THEM!!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Judgement For Every Word - "You're Fat, Ugly, & Stupid!"

     When I woke up this morning, for some reason the thought, "We will be judged for every word we say", was on my mind.  It seemed like it was a good meditation, so I let the thought flow in my mind through out the day. Midday, I realized that I couldn't remember where in the Holy Bible I had read that before. This didn't come as a surprise to me since I have the memory retention (and attention span) of a peanut. I looked it up and found it in the Gospel of Matthew (The Gospel of Matthew is the first book in the Holy Bible that I read from start to finish). We are taught, "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matthew 12:36)
Sunday, July 22, 2012

"It's Not My Problem" - "I Don't Care"

     For a while my mind was greatly troubled by an observation I've made of a certain growing and spreading mind-set among many; whether family, friends, Christian, and none-Christian alike, it was identical in each of them. What burdened my mind even more was that I couldn't identify what this cancers mind-set was, all I knew was deep in my heart I felt an uneasiness from it. Days passed, and at this point I didn't just see it as a mind-set, after I detected it in more people, I saw a plague which poisons the mind as it spreads from one person to the other. It started to seem like some sort of unsympathetic mind-set, but I was still unable to get my mind around it, so I prayed about it and asked God to give me the wisdom and understanding that I need to address this. Shortly after, I truly believe God answered my prayers by using a homeless man and mother with a young little girl. 
Saturday, July 14, 2012

Purification: Getting My Mind Straight

     In my church we have fellowship youth classes every Friday night. About a week or two ago a few friends approached me after class and invited me to go watch the movie, "Ted" with them. At that very moment so many thought's rushed through my mind like, "How can they want to see that ... did you just ask me that IN CHURCH after we just received the WORD OF GOD?". The only thing I was able to say was, "Are you kidding?" and then refused to go. They looked at each other with confusion on their faces. On my way to the car I was thrilled and thanked God that the FIRST thoughts which came to my mind was to reject watching the movie and find it appalling to do so. The thing is, it wasn't always like this.

      One day I was reading the Holy Bible and I came across two beautiful verses that changed my life.