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Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels

Bioethics - 12 May 2018

The state of one-genderism is described in the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, where, in answer to a question from His disciples regarding the way to enter the Kingdom of God and our salvation, Jesus answers: ‘When you make the two one, the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, the top ...

The Bliss of Paradise

Wisdom & Word - 22 June 2018

‘Blessed are those who know you even if they know nothing else; those who know you and everything else, however, aren’t blessed for that reason, but simply because they know you’. Oh, the bliss of Paradise! Where the blessed will be similar and equal to the angels and not ‘a little less than them’....

Stress and melancholy

Words of Life - 22 June 2018

Stress is caused by the eradication of the religious sense. Unless you have love for Christ, unless you concern yourself with holy matters, you’re bound to be full of melancholy and badness....

A Life Centred on Christ or on Ourselves?

Biblical Theology - 20 June 2018

The third Sunday of Matthew, and the Gospel reading, attempts, perhaps more than at any other time, to get us to move us to make a change, to put to right inclinations which are foreign and alien to us. In the text, the Evangelist castigates the perpetual, disordered attitude among many people- then...

Living truly

Words of Life - 21 June 2018

To live truly, we have to live in the way God ordained when He made us. Unless we do, we aren’t living at all....

The Church as a Therapeutic Center: Consequences of Man’s Fall

Pastoral Theology - 21 June 2018

The neptic teaching of the Church that refers to the inner world is strongly related to the social teaching. It might be supposed that the ascetic life of the Church has no contact with reality. In fact, the opposite is true. Only by making this analysis of the Fall are we able to solve the problems...

The Church as a Therapeutic Center: The Illness of the Soul

Pastoral Theology - 19 June 2018

When speaking about the illness of the soul, we primarily mean the loss of Divine Grace, which has repercussions to the body also, and then the whole person is sick. There might be an absence of bodily illness, but without the Grace of God there is no health. To best comprehend the Fall of man, i...

Prayer and power

Words of Life - 18 June 2018

The Jesus prayer gives you so much sweetness, so much joy. It’s short, but it’s got so much power. So much, that you say: ‘Even if I go to hell, I’m not afraid. I’ll just say the prayer there, as well’....

Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (4)

Bioethics - 19 June 2018

The distinction between the sexes isn’t the inspiration of a wicked God Who created the material body which the supporters of gender Theory are called upon to set to rights. For Orthodox theology, the distinction between the sexes isn’t the result of the fall which must be overridden so that we can ...

Peace and power

Words of Life - 17 June 2018

In a quiet room (preferably after some spiritual reading or after lighting the lamp in front of the icons and censing), as far as possible removed from  noise and concerns, when you’re free of all thought and calculation, let your intellect go down into your heart and say the prayer ‘Lord, Jesus Chr...

Magnificent and unknown providence

Words of Life - 20 June 2018

We live as though we don’t feel the magnificence of divine providence. God’s very adroit. We can’t understand His actions. Don’t think that God’s done something wrong and then corrected it: God doesn’t make mistakes. He doesn’t correct anything. But Who God is in His profundity, in His essence, w...

Safe Schools Coalition Australia

Ethics - 29 August 2017

We would like to raise awareness of a radical new program being introduced into our schools framed as an anti-bullying program; it is called the Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA). The SSCA received $8 million of Federal government funding in order to develop an anti-bullying progr...

Our own limitations

Words of Life - 23 June 2018

Don’t be dictatorial in the way you speak, though this doesn't mean that you should deny true values. Just be aware of your own limitations....

On Emptiness

Words of Life - 16 June 2018

When people are empty of Christ, a thousand and one other things come and fill them up: jealousies, hatreds, boredom, melancholy, resentment, a worldly outlook, worldly pleasures. Try to  fill your soul with Christ so that it’s not empty....

Time to open the door to Him

Words of Life - 19 June 2018

Christ comes lots of times and knocks at your door. You ask Him into the sitting-room of your soul and then get involved with other tasks and forget all about the great Visitor. He waits for you to appear and when a long time’s passed He gets up and leaves. Next time, you’re so busy, you answer H...

The baker’s son: Saint Tychon of Cyprus

Hagiology - 16 June 2018

Long ago, in the days when Arcadius and Honorius ruled the Roman Empire, a saint was born on the islanld of Cyprus. His parents were pious, humble islanders whose names are not recorded. The saint's name was Tychon. Tychon's father was a baker in a small Cypriot village. Each day, as he measured ...

Wonder and weep in the presence of God

Words of Life - 15 June 2018

If you don’t see Christ with the eyes of your soul when you pray, you haven’t learned to pray. If only you knew what it is to see Christ with your eyes... As soon as you see Him, you’re filled with indescribable joy. Yet you’re overcome with an overwhelming feeling of awe, so that your legs fold ...

The Babel Syndrome

Theology - 18 June 2018

In the liturgical life of the Church, the event of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and they began to speak in various languages, is linked to the story of the Tower of Babel in the Old Testament. There, too, people began to speak in different languages but with an entirely ...

The road to heaven

Pilgrimages - 17 June 2018

Steam from warm mamaliga rises up and fogs my glasses as my mind slowly clears. “Why am I having corn mush for breakfast?” I ask myself. The day before slowly comes into focus, not a dream after all I guess. The pine plank of a bench provides me uncomfortable support but after the ride yesterday I’l...

Avoid them

Words of Life - 13 June 2018

Avoid harmful dealings and your soul will always be very calm....

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