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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...

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...

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 ...

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...

It’s terrible

Words of Life - 20 April 2017

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

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...

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...

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...

‘Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’ (Luke 23, 24)

Person and violence - 20 April 2017

Jesus again sets the Law of the Old Testament in its true interpretational framework and at the same time urges us to emerge from the shadow of the Law into the Light of the Grace of God, which is love. By transcending the law of retaliation, Christianity promotes the principle of love towards one...

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 ...

Morning is a miracle

Religious Life - 24 April 2017

Morning is such a miracle. I take it for granted on most days. There is no guarantee that I will rise. Or that you will for that matter.  It is God’s mercy that allows my bones to creak and groan and rise, like a crumpled, crooked marionette , pulled to life and standing by those invisible strings. ...

The Resurrection: an affront to reason

Ethics - 20 April 2017

It’s hardly surprising that the message of the Resurrection of Christ has raised a whole host of doubts and questions. Objections were registered immediately after the occurrence of the supernatural event on which the whole structure of the Christian Church is founded. For the Jews of Biblical Jerus...

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...

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...

New Creation in Christ: How Jesus changed us and our marriages

Marriage - Religious Life - 19 April 2017

“If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold new things have come.” We come to the Holy Gospel at last and to the Christian way of life! The fullness of time has come and God has sent forth His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. How everything has changed! No as...

Without a ticket

Words of Life - 24 April 2017

People can be saved if they have a humble outlook. But without this, their ticket won’t allow them to get into paradise, which is full of humble people. Humility should be the background to your life, as it should be for everyone who lives the life in Christ....

Saint Mary Magdalene: The Revision of the Role of a Prominent Apostle

Hagiology - 25 April 2017

The years between 1976-1985 were declared by the United Nations to be the “Decade of the Rights of Women”. Within the framework of the related activities which were undertaken at the time, it was claimed, among other things, that religions bore the responsibility for the suppression of women’s right...

The Theology of Gender – 12. St. Basil’s Canon 9 on adultery

Theology - 24 April 2017

The whole series can be read here: The Theology of Gender Canon 9 of St. Basil ascribes the practice of the Church not to allow the woman to separate from her husband if he commits adultery to the established social custom (συνήθεια). This word is also used by him in other canons in contrast ...

With discrimination and prayer

Words of Life - 19 April 2017

I say that fasting is of benefit to both soul and body. You have to keep the fasts, insofar as you can, with the permission of the doctor and the instructions of your spiritual guide. Everything should be done with discrimination and prayer. But especially, pray; fight the good fight. Because the ...

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