The Grace of Lent

We’re now one week into Lent. I consider myself successful so far. But I can’t get too excited, because Lent isn’t about success or failure. I’ve learned this week that Lent involves a lot of grace. In biblical Greek, the word for grace is ‘Charis” meaning; a gift or blessing; favour, gratitude and thanks. God…

Preparing for Lent 2017

  This year Lent is March 1st to April 13, 2017. This is thee most important and spiritually focused period of the liturgical year. It’s also the time when some of us are most miserable. Sometimes you can easily tell who has given up their favourite foods and habits for Lent. Have you ever encountered…

Winter Hygge with an Artic Twist

We survived another Arctic spell of dark, freezing, cold, snow filled weather. We survived temperatures in the -30s and a few different episodes of colds and flu’s. When the weather hit single digits, it was like living in the tropics. It was also a bonus to see that slowly, the darkness of winter is loosening…

New Year, One Word: Ephphatha

Christmas if finally over (but not if you’re Orthodox). I couldn’t be happier! As much as I like Christmas, I often spend the season in a hectic, frenzied state of busyness. Boxing Day (December 26) is a day of relief for me, I wake up internally screaming “I made it through the holidays!”. The countdown…

Time for Tea and a Blanket and World Peace

  It’s been a politically emotional week for people who voted, for those who didn’t vote; and for those who don’t even live in the United States of America. I’ve already vowed via Facebook that I will no longer discuss Trump with people in person or via social media. The evening of the election and…