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“Christ’s Little Flock is Impervious to any Propaganda”

Christian Faith - 17 August 2017

“I’m aware that many of you have been deeply upset by the sudden rise in anti-religious propaganda and that this saddens you. But don’t worry… Tell me please. You remember the words of Christ from Saint Luke’s Gospel: ‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the ...

Don’t pamper your body

Words of Life - 17 August 2017

Don’t take undue care of your body. Don’t spoil it and give it pride of place over the spirit. Otherwise, when you want to do spiritual work, such as prayer, for example, you’ll see that the flesh has become dominant over the spirit and has it bound hand and foot. It won’t set it free to regain it...

We pay attention to the doctor but not to Christ

Words of Life - 18 August 2017

If a doctor gives us a diet, for the good of our health, we follow it religiously. What’s a diet? It’s fasting, or abstention from various foods. But we don’t follow the diet set by God. We listen to the doctor, but not to Christ. The doctor’s more important to us than Christ!...

The foolish philosopher

Words of Life - 16 August 2017

Callous people are foolish philosophers. They explain the will of God to others, to their own condemnation. They’re blind and tell others how to see. They praise silence and laud it with verbosity. They teach meekness and are often angry while doing so. They praise prayer and avoid it like the pla...

The Dormition of the Mother of God - Transition to Life [2]

Theotokos (Mother of God) - 17 August 2017

After the Lord’s Resurrection, it was Our Most Holy Lady who was the support of the Apostles and the newly-founded Church of Christ. It was she who taught the new Christians, guided them and comforted them in their sorrows. In the longer version of her Life, we read that, three days before her dor...

The value of charity, its practical application and its spiritual dimension

Pastoral Care - 17 August 2017

The miracle of the resurrection of Tabitha by the Apostle Peter is told in Acts, 9, 36-41. She lived in Joppa, was a Christian and ‘was devoted to good works and acts of charity’. With her practical love, she had won the hearts of all the Christians in the region, who called Saint Paul to come to th...

It’s worth the effort

Words of Life - 20 August 2017

The devil has lots of traps he sets to catch people. So love, concord and peace are absent from the world, and, in their place pride, anger envy viciousness and prodigality dominate, with people having become lecherous. They tear each other to pieces, kill each other tell lies, and exploit others....

The Dormition of the Mother of God - Transition to Life

Theotokos (Mother of God) - 16 August 2017

Every time we celebrate the Dormition of the Mother of God it’s as though we have Easter again. The summer Easter. Our Lady the Mother of God prepares Easter for us. A glorious crossing ‘from death to life’. A second Easter, holy, spotless, giving life to the human race, because today, in truth ‘ th...

The Grandeur of the Mother of God

Celebratory speeches - Theotokos (Mother of God) - 19 August 2017

When the most glorious and richest kings on earth have in mind to build their throne and their royal palace as a whole, they don’t leave a stone unturned until they find the most precious material that nature is able to offer, so that the palace won’t lack the slightest thing in terms of luxury good...

Leaving Mary Out

Theotokos (Mother of God) - 16 August 2017

Decades ago, when I was in seminary (Anglican), a professor told me that he did not believe in angels. I was surprised and asked him why. He responded that he “did not think they were necessary… that anything angels did could be done by the Holy Spirit…” While this is obviously true, I noted that an...

Limit the opportunities

Words of Life - 19 August 2017

Our minds are clouded by three passions: avarice, vainglory and sensual pleasure. In order to counter these passions, we have the commandment not to love the world and the things in it. It’s not, of course, that we should unthinkingly hate things created by God, but rather that we should cut off o...

ICU – At the Border between Life and Death [3]

Bioethics - 19 August 2017

D. Findings-Conclusions 1) Life and death transcend us as an instant, as a process and as events. 2) The closer we get to actually creating life purely through artificial means, the easier it makes it for us to take it away, to decide its end. We consider it our own responsibility. 3) In the en...

There’s a dichotomy

Words of Life - 15 August 2017

Grace, which comes from repentance, snatches the soul up towards God, Whose light attracts it. In the beginning it’s not so obvious, but its warmth, which is love, begins to soften the heart. Then strangely, a dichotomy appears: on the one hand the person is overcome by fear, or rather horror, whe...

Elder Efrem’s radio interview on Skai on the Dormition of our Lady

Theotokos (Mother of God) - 14 August 2017

The Abbot of Vatopaidi monastery, Archimandrite Efrem, spoke on the radio programme “Gisa somewhere else” of SKAI 100,3 FM on Saturday 14th August  2010, on the eve of the feast of the Dormition of our Lady, the Mother of God. Elder Efrem was celebrating the feast at the Vatopaidi Metochi at Porto L...

The Holy Monastery of Iviron is dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin

Holy Monasteries of Mt Athos - 15 August 2017

The monastery was founded in 980 by the Iberian noble and distinguished general John Thornic, who essentially enlarged and renamed the old monastery of Clementos granted to him by the emperor Basil II. Of this earlier monastery’s only part of the katholikon seems to have survived, incorporated into ...

Charity is a heart burning for the whole of creation

Pastoral Care - 20 August 2017

. So if you have something to say, if you’re a good speaker, if you know how to present things and so on, then use this for the benefit and instruction of others, in all humility. And if you have the power of prayer, because you’ve got a pure heart, then, with lots of tears, put this at the disp...

Christianity and Ancient Art: Rupture or Dialogue? [1]

Ecclesiastical Art - 20 August 2017

When, in the fifth century, the space in Hadrian’s Library in Athens was divided equally between pagans and Christians, the relations between what appeared to be the two flourishing communities in the city were defined both in practice and symbolically. The renovated wings were given to the pagan So...

The Holy Dormition of our Most Pure Lady, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary

Hagiology - Theotokos (Mother of God) - 15 August 2017

If ‘the death of the saints is precious and the memory of the righteous is blessed’, with how much greater praise should we keep the memory of the ‘saint of the saints’ through whom the whole of sanctity came to them, that is the memory of the Ever-Virgin Mother of God? This is what we do when we ce...

It’s of great significance

Words of Life - 21 August 2017

It’s tremendously important that somebody in the family should pray. Prayer attracts God’s Grace, which is felt by all the members, even those with a cold heart. Always pray....

It’s a slippery slope

Words of Life - 14 August 2017

If you’re not aware that you’re devoid of the virtues, this is a downward slope towards impiety. Because those who’ve become accustomed to the pleasures of the flesh and who ignore the voice of God will end up refusing to be moved and will prefer the pleasures of the flesh to God. They’ll think th...

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