About the Author

Dn. Andrew is the author of this blog and responsible for what is shared here and in no way speaks for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

A brief introduction.

I am Deacon Andrew Short, an Orthodox Christian Deacon attached to St. Anna Orthodox Christian Church in Columbia, TN. I have been an Orthodox Christian since January 2007 when my wife, my five daughters and I were chrismated into the Holy Orthodox Church at St. Ignatius Orthodox Christian Church in Franklin, TN. We were active members of that parish until I was ordained a Deacon at the hand of His Grace Bishop NICHOLAS on December 16, 2018 at St. Ignatius and he officially sent me to St. Anna where I had been attending since October 7, 2018 when Fr. Philip Begley (Sr. Priest at St. Ignatius) and Fr. Stephen Rogers (priest at St. Anna) granted me their blessing to move from St. Ignatius to St. Anna. I was ordained a sub-deacon at St. Ignatius on December 17, 2017 and was overseeing the acolytes, singing in the choir and chanting at the chanters stand there for several years. My wife, Shamassy Belinda (Sophia) was a long-time Church School teacher (and a trained Catechist for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) for nearly 20 years St. Ignatius and after the Church School year finished up in June 2019 she joined me at St. Anna where she is now teaching the children.

Sh. Belinda and I have five grown daughters for which we are very grateful. They love God and each other and we enjoy being with them whenever we are able to see them in their homes or ours.

I may be contacted at this email address: DnAndrewShort@Gmail.com

What the Church Fathers Say

“Do you know what a great gift it is that God gave us the right to speak to Him every hour and moment, wherever we are? He always listens to us. This is the greatest honor we have. For this reason we must love God.”

~ Elder Porphyrios (1906-1991)

“Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your ground courageously. And assuredly, the angel who guards you will honour your patience.”

~ St. John of the Ladder

“Never confuse the person, formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him: because evil is but a chance misfortune, an illness, a devilish reverie. But the very essence of the person is the image of God, and this remains in him despite every disfigurement.”

~ St. John of Kronstadt

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