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Christ and the Social Problem

Wisdom & Word - 13 December 2017

The more that people are cleansed of the passions, the greater their capacity for real communion with God and other people. Those who take a romantic and external view of the human person transfer wickedness from the person onto society, which is why they proclaim that any improvement in society wi...

The Lord’s Prayer

Religious Life - 11 December 2017

In an interview with an Italian TV network, Pope Francis of Rome said recently that the current language of the Lord’s prayer ‘is not a good translation.’… The problem, as he sees it, is that the prayer asks God to ‘lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil’. But, says Pope Francis, it's...

May the Phos (Light) be With You

Wisdom & Word - 16 December 2017

Popular culture is going to go crazy for Star Wars in the coming months. Count me among the millions of people who cannot wait for the latest installment of Star Wars entitled, The Force Awakens! George Lucas’ Star Wars films have captured the imagination of generations both young and old. Growing-...

An Address on Pietism

Ethics - 15 December 2017

We conceal a serpent in our hearts, a great heresy, the other side of the coin called Ecumenism, and it’s known as pietism. Its parents are fear and wickedness. Its beloved is faithlessness and its offspring hardness of heart. You see lots of Christians who really believe and go to church, people wi...

Whoever we are

Words of Life - 15 December 2017

The passion of self-aggrandisement sprouts in some way in almost all of us. This is why the Lord begins the beatitudes with it. He roots out pride from our character as being the primordial evil by advising us to imitate Him, Who voluntarily became poor and Who is truly blessed. In this way we’ll ...

Everything’s deceptive

Words of Life - 13 December 2017

Your life on earth is a strait-jacket. Everything betrays you: family, friends, acquaintances, riches, sensory pleasures. Even your own body will leave you at some point. All the elements of nature deceive you. So make sure you cleave to God, because He alone is love....

The Lord awaits

Words of Life - 14 December 2017

Whether you live for five years or a hundred and five is of no consequence. What matters is the health of the soul. Good for those, who, in a case of illness face it with repentance! Whether they live or not, they’ll be ready. The Lord’s waiting. He’s waiting at Jacob’s well for every soul, no mat...

Answer and solution

Words of Life - 11 December 2017

People today should avail themselves of the intercession of the Mother of God, which saves us. In every sadness and problem, we shouldn’t forget that there is the ‘help of the sorrowing, the protector, the defender, the consolation of the fearful’, to whom we can turn and find comfort, an immediat...

It feels the betrayal

Words of Life - 16 December 2017

Breaking the commandment brought about the fall, which is our separation from God and everything to do with Him. God accepted our repentance, return and submission to Him once He’d repaired our relationship through His own love and holiness. According to the Fathers, the most acceptable form of re...

‘Every act of violence, religious intolerance or injustice is not merely an insult to humanity, but a sin against our Creator’

Ecumenical Dialogues - Ecumenical Patriarchate - 8 December 2017

Address at the start of proceedings at the 10th Dialogue, organized jointly in Jerusalem by the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, on the occasion of the 40 years of dialogue between Orthodoxy and Judaism. Tuesday 5 December 2017 Today, ...

They hide the sun

Words of Life - 12 December 2017

Just as the clouds hide the sun, so wicked thoughts darken and destroy the mind....

The Hieromartyr Saint Eleftherios, a Young Bishop

Hagiology - 15 December 2013

This wonderful saint was the son of noble and prominent parents. He was born in Rome, where his father was an official in the imperial service, though he died in the saint’s childhood. His mother, Anthia, had heard the Gospel from Saint Paul and was, in fact, baptized by him. Given the fact that she...

It doesn’t go away

Words of Life - 10 December 2017

Some Christians, either through their own fault or that of others, become trapped in the sickness of guilt. Secular people become trapped in a worse sickness: that of pride. If you’re close to Christ, religious guilt disappears with repentance and confession. But the pride of secular people who ar...

Form and Substance (Luke 13, 10-17)

Biblical Theology - New Testament - 11 December 2017

Today’s Gospel reading is a clear and stark indictment of formalism in religion. Saint Luke tells us that Christ cured someone on the Sabbath and this was cause enough for Him to come into conflict with the Judaism of His time, which had transformed the commandments of the Decalogue and the Law into...

Letter to my newborn daughter

Pastoral Care - 10 December 2017

It seems like just yesterday that your mother and I left the hospital with all six and three-quarter pounds of you securely fastened in your car seat, your surprisingly full head of hair covered by the traditional hospital baby cap. As we celebrate 40-days since your birth, years before you’ll be a...

With circumspection

Words of Life - 8 December 2017

Let every task by undertaken with due deliberation and the fear of God. As we’re working, we should say the ‘prayer’: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me’; ‘Most Holy Mother of God, save us’....

The binding force

Words of Life - 9 December 2017

The mother of all good things, the characteristic feature of all the disciples of Christ, and the power that holds all of us together is love. Because, if you’re meek and merciful, this means that you’re a true disciple of Christ....

The first of the virtues

Words of Life - 7 December 2017

Patience is a virtue, given that it’s the fruit of hope in God. Sorrow leads to patience, patience to a tried and tested character and a tested character to hope. And, in the end, this hope doesn’t disappoint. Patience is the first among the virtues, because it’s the crown of our salvation....

A Church Service, a Hymn to Human Need

Celebratory speeches - Hagiology - 7 December 2017

Hymnography is the jewel in the crown of Church Literature in Orthodoxy. A variety of metres, a combination of poetry and prose, all invested with the musical riches of the eight tones, narrate the drama of the human person in our effort to trace the invisible and enter into communion with the Uncre...

What the Son of God Achieved

Hagiology - 5 December 2017

Saint John the Damascan (feast-day 4 December) For now the adoration of demons has ceased; creation has been sanctified by the divine blood; the altars and temples of idols have been overthrown; the knowledge of God, the consubstantial Trinity, has been planted ; the uncreated divinity, the one tru...

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