Faith & Coptic Traditions

“Fit in” or follow Christ? Help your child face peer pressure at school.

Greetings friends, Another school year is starting and with it comes new adventures and new challenges for our children. I think we share particular worries as we face a new academic year: will my child like his/her teacher, the homework battles are about to begin (more about homework strategies here), balancing after school activities with an already busy schedule, etc. However, I think our children face an even more significant challenge at the start of every school year: peer pressure. Peer pressure starts at a much earlier age than we actually think and is not exclusive to high school or...

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How faithful are we to Christ? Introducing: Philo and the Faithfulness SuperHoly!

Good day friends, I have a question, actually, quite a few questions! When did we stop talking about our faith? When did we stop proactively sharing that we are Christian? When did we stop being faithful to our faith in Christ? At our first job? During University? College? High School? Or at an even younger age? We are living in an era where it is politically incorrect to criticize any religion, except Christianity. In fact, criticizing Christianity is almost evidence of one’s intellect and independence. It is now accepted to openly mock the Christian faith, to distort Biblical truths in...

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I am doing God a favor!

I am doing God a favor, or so I thought... The Coptic Orthodox Church follows an annual calendar, culminating in Easter, celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord and our resulting salvation. While I do not like to play favorites, Lent (the 55 days preceding Easter) is my favorite time of year. Lent, especially the last 7 days of Holy Week, is like a spiritual energizing tonic, a sort of a Spiritual enhancement program. I look forward to these 55 days to carry me through the rest of the year. While I should be focusing on my Spiritual life every single...

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Why was the Samaritan woman drawing water at noon? Because of me.

Why was the Samaritan woman drawing water at noon? Because of me. The Samaritan woman’s encounter with Jesus was ground-breaking. It was such a monumental event that the Church selected this Gospel reading as one of the 7 Sunday readings during Lent; we listened to her story this past Sunday. It was an encounter that would change her life and the lives of many. Her story has been analyzed and explained by the giants of the Ancient Church (here is a link to Saint John Chrysostom's homily on the Samaritan woman http://orthochristian.com/70769.html), so I hardly feel qualified to write any...

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Advent First- Santa Second! Keeping Christ in Christmas!

Christmas expectations in North America vs. Christian expectations: How can we possibly convince our children that Christmas is about the birth of Christ and not Santa, gifts and stressed-out parents? Our son has come to expect the Christmas tree to make an appearance with the first snow flake to hit the pavement. He associates winter and snow with Santa and gifts. When we had the first snow fall, on Sunday, he immediately asked if we could put up the Christmas tree when we returned home from church. In North America, this is the logical correlation that kids make. After all,...

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