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Noah's ark

Words of Life - 21 January 2017

The monastery’s like Noah’s ark....

Fundamentalism and the Psychology of Violence

Person and violence - 21 January 2017

Propaganda Poster Recently I began what I hope will become a dialogue with a fundamentalist.  That is, I asked on-line for a free copy of the Quran, and in due time it arrived in the mail.  After a decent delay, the people who kindly supplied it to me emailed me to ask what I thought of it.  It wa...

Remembrance of God is instructive and creates humility

Pastoral Care - 21 January 2017

Christ transforms death into sleep, into dormition. When people die, the soul is temporarily separated from the body. The body is given over to decay and returns to the dust of the earth from which it was created. From there, God will re-form and resurrect our bodies at the Second Coming and they’...

With courage

Words of Life - 20 January 2017

Learn to suffer courageously the trials the Lord may allow to visit you. Don’t seek comfort from people in your sorrows, but take your comfort from God....

A Spiritual Migration: The Story of my Return Home

Society - 20 January 2017

As I was growing up, I was living in a world that neither my mother nor father had a complete understanding or control of, particularly my mother who was an immigrant. Of course, my parents allowed me to participate in many of the same “American” luxuries that the other children in my school took ...

Encountering The Beauty Of The Church: The Way Of Love

Orthodoxy in the West - 20 January 2017

I would like to briefly express what the Orthodox Church means to me, as one who has entered into it later in life. This of course, is impossible to articulate with words, because it is a mystery, but I will speak, like a child in awe. I am in awe at the Orthodox Church. It’s beauty, its grace. T...

Cunning actions

Words of Life - 19 January 2017

The purer and more powerful are the means that unite us to God, that is prayer and repentance, the more cunning and destructive the actions of the evil one become against these means....

The Eucharist: Its Meaning and Place in Our Salvation

Pastoral Theology - 19 January 2017

The earliest title of the main Sunday service of the Christian Church is “the Eucharist”, from the Greek word eucharisteo, meaning, “to give thanks.” As early as about the middle of the second century, Justin the Philosopher (later known as “Justin Martyr”) wrote that the bread and wine which the Ch...

Preparation for Holy Communion

Liturgy - 19 January 2017

This preparation incorporates a series of supplications and a prayer by the priest which concludes with the words: ‘And count us worthy, Master, with boldness and without condemnation, to dare to call upon you, the God of heaven, as Father, and say’: ‘Our Father Who are in heaven…’ In this prayer...

Moth-eaten virtues

Words of Life - 18 January 2017

Vainglory is the thief of spiritual riches. It doesn’t only destroy good works but also becomes a guide for evil ones. It undermines the foundations of the greater virtues. It’s the moth that eats away at everything we have with pleasure, which coats the poison of its deception with honey, thus fi...

Cut off the passions before the soul becomes accustomed to them – 3

Ethics - 18 January 2017

I’ve told you in different ways how people fall into bad habits. We don’t call people volatile if they lose their tempers just once. They’re not libertines if they succumb once. If they’ve given alms once, that doesn’t make them charitable. It’s the constant practice of virtue or wickedness that m...

Abba Dorotheos: Instruction 11

Wisdom & Word - 18 January 2017

115. It happened that a great Elder was with his disciples in a place where there were all kinds of cypresses, large and small. He said to one of his disciples: ‘Pull up that little cypress plant’. It was very small and the monk had no difficulty in pulling it up with one hand. Then the Elder indica...

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