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It means this

Words of Life - 18 October 2017

To live in an Orthodox manner means: a) I love God very much; b) I try not to sadden Him; c) through my life, I bear witness to Christ....

You can’t uproot them

Words of Life - 19 October 2017

The source of all wickedness is vainglory and love of pleasure. If you don’t hate those passions, you won’t be able to root out any of the other ones....

The Attitude of the Saints towards the Maladies of their Era

Wisdom & Word - 18 October 2017

We feel sad, worried, exposed and afraid not only because of external events, but also because we ourselves have lost the centre of our lives. We’ve become subject to the temptations which Christ rejected in the desert: gluttony, vainglory and the desire for power. We’ve chased after easy money. W...

The Seven Times Christ Spoke on the Cross

Theology - 13 October 2017

You want to know the meaning of those seven phrases uttered by Christ on the cross. Aren’t they clear? The first one: ‘Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing’. (Luke 23, 34). With these words, Christ showed His mercy to His executioners, whose malice didn’t abate even when He was ...

Bring faith back into Canadian politics

Religion - Society - 18 October 2017

TORONTO—I recently attended a leadership workshop where a guest speaker spoke about the importance of listening, supporting her point by articulating that “God” gave us two ears, but only one mouth, so that we would listen more, and talk less. It was quite a surprise to hear that word, God, in such ...

It’s the plan

Words of Life - 17 October 2017

In accordance with His plan, God allows each person to be tested with various sorrows, so that it will be obvious who it is who loves Him....

The Importance of the Right Faith in the Life of the Church

Religious Life - 15 October 2017

The dogmatic boundaries of the Church The significance of the right faith for the existence of the Church God’s love knows no bounds, it’s without limits. As Saint Gregory of Nyssa puts it in his Dialogue on the soul and resurrection, the divine life is activated through love and God’s agapetic. E...

The Truth of the Faith as a Struggle for Life

Biblical Theology - New Testament - 17 October 2017

People today, who are indifferent towards so many things, are also indifferent to matters of the faith. Naturally, some sociologists and anthropologists are not slow to interpret this phenomenon as ‘the end of faith’. And there are historians who analyze it as ‘a turn towards modernity’ which is typ...

The weight will be lifted

Words of Life - 13 October 2017

When you feel a persistent weight or you’re tormented by lack of faith, you should know that the enemy has taken his seat in your heart and is making the most of your ignorance, weakness and instability in the faith. You must condemn your foolishness, blindness and lack of faith immediately. Then ...

People of grace

Words of Life - 16 October 2017

We must be people of grace, so that those who meet us find relief....

We’re not there yet

Words of Life - 14 October 2017

We haven’t reached rock bottom yet, we’ve still got some way to go, but once we do then things will start to sort themselves out....

The result of judging others

Words of Life - 15 October 2017

Listen to me, listen to me all you bad judges of other people’s sins. Because if it’s true- and it really is- that ‘For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged’ (Matth. 7, 2), then rest assured that we shall fall into the same sins, be they bodily or spiritual, for which we’ve condemned...

‘You would have no authority over me, had it not been given to you from above’

Ethics - 11 October 2017

John Locke believed that if a ruler used his authority against the people, then the latter had the right to oppose him with violence. John Dunn, a political theorist of the 20th century, makes a more general comment that revolution is opposition not to persons but to authority. He also emphasizes ...

Analysis of 2 Cor. 9, 6-11

Biblical Theology - 12 October 2017

‘The point is this: those who sow sparingly will also reap sparingly, and those who sow bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing...

Thoughts on the crisis of our times

Wisdom & Word - 14 October 2017

The saints are our friends and the friends of God, the people to whom we can always turn. On the one hand, to receive comfort and strength. On the other to receive models tried and tested by God for our everyday life, our everyday trial, since they’ve been tried and proved ‘like gold in the furnace’...

The Allegorical Interpretation of Biodiversity in the Epistle of Barnabas

Biblical Theology - New Testament - 16 October 2017

Paper delivered by Prof. Goutzioudis at the 3rd Hagiological Conference on the subject: ‘The Apostolic Fathers and their Era’, which was held in Smyrna and Ephesus (4-8 May 2017) The name of the Apostle Barnabas was linked to the authorship of the work in question by Clement the Alexandrian, Orig...

The God Who Is No God – 2

Publisher choices - Theology - 11 October 2017

Early Christianity was surely marked by practices: without them, there would have been no need of martyrdoms in the arenas of the Roman Empire. Early Christianity was not a set of beliefs – philosophies were cheap and plentiful in ancient Rome. It was the Christian refusal to offer worship to the Em...

Spouse and companion

Words of Life - 10 October 2017

Love is the spouse of the angels, the companion of the fathers, table companion of the prophets, and fellow athlete of the martyrs. Love confesses the Father, venerates the Son and glorifies the Holy Spirit. Love doesn’t divide the unanimity of the Trinity....

How will you be governed?

Words of Life - 11 October 2017

If you want to be governed by God, don’t want to sin. Because if you sin, how are you going to be governed by God?...

It inspires us with courage

Words of Life - 12 October 2017

The Lord’s uncreated divine grace acts as a mother to us and doesn’t only preserve us from all ills, but also comforts our spirit with the sweetness of its presence. And it inspires us with courage to undertake renewed defence and attack. In sufferings and in trials in general, our spirit is expan...

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