Thoughts From Fr. Stephen

Paschal Letter Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” 1 Corinthians 15:5 Christ is Risen! We at the OCPM would like to wish you and yours a blessed Pascha! At.
The Storms of Life with Fr. Stephen This past year has seen its share of really bad storms hitting various areas of our country. Some of these storms brought horrible devastation to so many, many people. Such.
The Icon depicted is called: St. Basil, Protector of the Poor My travels often take me to downtown areas in big cities.  Walking around the streets brings me face to face with many poor and homeless folks..
Paradise and Hell Saint Paisios of Athos tells a story about God revealing Paradise and Hell to a simple man (perhaps the saint himself). Here’s the story: “Well, one night while he was asleep, he heard a.
GOD IS NOT MOCKED! By Fr. Stephen Powley During my years of being a prison chaplain I met many, many men who had mocked God. At that time they seemed to take delight in making fun of.
Loving someone…because He loved us first! Loving someone…because He loved us first! A dear sister in Christ shared the following story with me and gave her permission to share it with you. May we learn to love.
Celebrating Freedom…but are we really free? “I am freer here in prison than I was ever on the outside!” Over many years of being a prison chaplain, I have heard that statement countless times. How could that.
Seeing the Beauty Within Christ is Risen!! My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Recently I came across this wonderful quote from Metropolitan Anthony Bloom of Sourozh: Unless we look at a person and see the beauty.
Fasting and Prayer I began serving as a prison chaplain more than thirty years ago. That makes for a lot of Great Lents spent in prison.  One year, two men were about to participate in the fast.
Over the centuries, many people have been blessed by God to know the time of their departure from this world. Most of us will likely not be told. But what if we knew that this Great Lent.
Dandelions – A Valentine’s Day Message by Fr. Stephen Can you tell the difference between a flower and a weed? Many folks in our society view people in prison as weeds. But as Orthodox Christians, we take.
As we begin 2016, many of us have set goals with the hopes of becoming a better person. When I served as a prison chaplain, I gave a pre-release class to men who would soon get out..
Christmas Day!! For many of us, those two words bring to mind cherished images: a joyful celebration of the Divine Liturgy rejoicing at the Birth of our Savior, the mystery of presents under the tree, the smiles.
Giving Thanks to God In the Gospel of Luke, we read the story of the 10 lepers. Imagine how desperate these men were for healing, living as pariahs in a society that shunned them because of their.
17 Jul

Two Wolves

There is a battle that rages within people, both those in prison and those on the outside. It is described well by St. Paul in Romans 7: the battle between good and evil inside of us. Here’s.