By Fr. Alex Radulescu - Sometime in 312 A.D., as he was riding through France with his army, preparing to battle his political opponent Maxentius, the blessed Emperor Constantine saw a sign in the sky. It was the shape of a cross in front of the sun. Along this cross, there were the words En Touto Nika (In This Sign Conquer).
By Fr. Nick Kotsis - Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, if one were to rank the most influential people in terms of their legacy upon world history, a historian worth his salt, and not subject to the vacillations of revisionism or political correctness, would have to put Saint Constantine on that list. It’s one thing that he had the foresight, intelligence, military acumen, and political sensibilities to forge a second capital of the Roman Empire which allowed the Empire to flourish for another 800 years and continue to last for a total of more than 1,100 years. It’s another thing to understand that his faith in Christ completely, and to a certain extent, radically, changed the face of the Western world (and the world as a whole); and those changes are still present in our day and age.
By Fr. Nick Kotsis - Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, that is the official tourist slogan of the state of Texas. I remember it from the commercials I would see on television as a kid. They are telling the truth.
By Fr. Nicolaos Kotsis - Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I learned a lot of things working in the cafeteria. Some things had to do with the running of a kitchen. Some things had to do with dealing with co-workers (as in all the jobs I ever worked). Some things had to do with dealing with customers (disgruntled seminarians). Some things had to do with understanding people.
By Fr. Alex Radulescu - I remember an old Romanian saying that goes like this: Totdeauna lucrul tãu sã-l începi cu Dumnezeu (Always start your work with the Lord). This saying is rooted in the Christian idea of glorifying God every time we start working. Why? Because He is our Creator. He gives us strength, intelligence, wisdom, and pretty much everything we need to labor for our own benefit and ultimately for our salvation.
By. Fr. Nick Kotsis - I attended Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology from 1996-2000. I loved the experience at the seminary, and I became friends with many good people there; koumbaroi with a few. I miss seeing those people on a regular basis, even to this day. Mostly, I miss the atmosphere in the chapel with the daily Orthros and Vespers services.
By Fr. Alex Radulescu - The Church has weathered many crises over its bi-millennial existence. The secret of its long-lasting existence is her head, Christ the Lord, who promised that “not even the gates of Hades shall prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18) If the church was just a simple human institution, it would have collapsed long time ago.
By Fr. Nick Kotsis - Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Christ is Risen! Christos Anesti! On behalf of Fr. Alex, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers in our communities.
By Fr. Alex Radulescu - After God created the world, He put humans in charge of it: “God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” (1: 28)
By Fr. Nick Kotsis - Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, when I was in Thessaloniki in 1999 studying Greek at the Aristotelian University, I used to take a bus from our little village of Paleokastro into the city. The bus would drop off us near the intersection of Lagkada and Via Egnatia. From there it was about a 15-minute walk to the University.