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We want our own will to be done

Words of Life - 23 April 2017

Everything’s changing all the time. Nothing remains static. We perfect ourselves, either in what’s good or what’s bad. We have to learn to live the life of the heavens. And that’s not easy, since today we’ve made a life of opposition and rebellion. We haven’t learned to subject ourselves to the wi...

Sincerity and Honesty of Faith: On Thomas Sunday

Christian Faith - 23 April 2017

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit! This Sunday, dear brothers and sisters, is called Antipascha or Thomas Sunday. There is something very profound in the fact that on this Sunday following Bright Week, a time when we have simply rejoiced and sought respite from our L...

The Doubt of St. Thomas

Patristic Theology - 23 April 2017

The Doubt of St. Thomas John 20:24-25 But Thomas, (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and...

On the Path of Faith (Thomas' Sunday)

Celebratory speeches - 23 April 2017

How we react Every time we have any feast in our Church, we celebrate the mystery of our salvation. The purpose of the feast is to glorify God for His boundless mercy, His goodness and His interest in us. We see this love of His from a different point of view at every feast. But all the fea...

The Great Gain

Person and violence - 23 April 2017

Forgiveness is the effort and exercise of a love that is, in the end, transformed into joy and leads to salvation, as Saint Païsios the Athonite notes: ‘There’s no greater joy than that which you feel when you’re hard done by. I wish everybody would treat me unfairly. I can honestly tell you that ...

Marriage as death and resurrection

Words of Life - 22 April 2017

But it’s obvious that for a marriage to be manifestation and a revelation of the marriage between Christ and the Church, the couple must continually overcome the sinful person they have hidden within themselves, must crucify their egotism and passions and achieve the holy virtue of humility in all...

Irony and Belief

Religious Life - 22 April 2017

Irony is probably too much to ask of youth. If I can remember myself in my college years, the most I could muster was sarcasm. Irony required more insight. There is a deep need for the appreciation of irony to sustain a Christian life. Our world is filled with contradiction. Hypocrisy is ever prese...

As much as necessary

Words of Life - 21 April 2017

Let’s buy righteousness- through which we become familiar with God- with devotion, and let’s prefer virtue over wickedness and not open the door of our soul to the devil. And let’s give the body as much ‘food and clothing’ as it needs to live, while nourishing the soul with prayers and tears and s...

The Theology of Gender – 11. St. Basil’s canons on the issue of divorce and remarriage

Theology - Theotokos (Mother of God) - 21 April 2017

The whole series can be read here: The Theology of Gender St. Basil’s canons on the issue of divorce and remarriage seem at first sight to treat man and woman differently, making it difficult for modern women to accept them. Nevertheless, careful examination of his general approach reveals hi...

How does Christ’s Resurrection take place within us?

Patristic Theology - 21 April 2017

Brethren and Fathers, Easter is now here, the festive day that brings us joy and gladness, the day of Christ’s Resurrection, which comes round once a year, or, to put it better, occurs daily and perpetually in those who know its mystery, filling our hearts with joy and inexpressible elation. At the ...

Father Gavrilo Vučković, the ‘Elder of Facebook’, has died

Personalities - 20 April 2017

On the afternoon of Great Wednesday, a great missionary figure of our time, Archimandrite Gavrilo Vučković, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Lepavina, in Croatia, rendered his soul to the Lord, at the age of 73. The funeral service was conducted on Monday of Bright Week, April 17, the main clergyme...

It’s terrible

Words of Life - 20 April 2017

Ignorance is really terrible and is the cause of much of the evil among us....

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