The Health Challenge: HEALTHY LIVING

Easter Sunday is a day my family looks forward to each year!  After coming out of the long journey of Lent, an incredible week of Pascha at Church – including Good Friday & the Resurrection Feast – we were excited to have the entire Church community over our house.  We would be preparing made-to-order omelets, Nutella covered …

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Walking with Jesus through Pascha

Orthodox Christian Pascha Week, a time that the Church walks with Christ through each step of His final days in the flesh, is a period of the year that many people experience spiritual renewal and revival.  Christians throughout the world take leave from work, spend additional time in prayer and fasting, and go to Church …

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Being a Disciple of Jesus

“You must be Youssef and Afaf’s son.” Growing up, I heard this all the time. It definitely was not because of our similar appearances, as I looked very different from the rest of my family; I might as well have been adopted. Maybe it was certain mannerisms, figures of speech, or behaviors I had picked …

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The Joy of Bearing Fruit

Growing up in the Sorial family, there are two things I came to expect from my father: Church was a Priority: Rain or shine, blizzard (Michigan), tornado (Texas), or earthquake (California), we would be going to Church, standing as a family, and worshipping God. A Family Garden was Not Optional: Coming from a small village …

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When Tragedy Strikes

It seems like literally every time I look at the news these days, it is covered with horrific images from tragic events, such as France, Egypt, Brussels, Orlando, Dallas, France (again), and so many more.  Unfortunately horrific acts of violence and hate have become so commonplace that the news stories seem to almost blend together, …

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Rethinking “Sham el-Nessim”

I wanted to wish all Egyptians a Happy Sham el-Nessim. For those who celebrate it, here are some things to keep in mind:   1. EGYPTIAN NATIONAL HOLIDAY: This is an Egyptian national holiday that always falls on the day after the Coptic Orthodox Christian Easter. The festival was originally celebrated by ancient Egyptians (Pharaohs) more than …

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