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The purifying prayer

Words of Life - 19 October 2018

Every prayer of the Church assists with the purification of the heart. But especially the Jesus Prayer: ‘Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me, sinner that I am’. This prayer, which has been passed down over the centuries on the Holy Mountain has the following advantage: since it’s only a sentence l...

Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the 6th Sunday of Luke (Galatians 2: 16-20)

Biblical Theology - New Testament - 21 October 2018

“It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (verse 20) What we hear today in the Apostolic Reading, is an address by the Apostle Paul to the Galatian Christians. Galatia was a Province of the Roman Empire located in the center of Asia Minor, with Ankara as its capital. The Apostle Paul, d...

See everything with good thoughts

Words of Life - 20 October 2018

When people see everything with good thoughts, they’re cleansed and given Grace by God. With bad thoughts, you condemn and wrong others, you prevent the Grace of God coming and the devil has high hopes of leading you astray. » Venerable Païsios the Athonite...

Energy and personality in the theology of John Meyendorf and in contemporary philosophy (3)

Theology - 19 October 2018

Bibikhin’s positions in the energy problem are close in many points to the positions by Heidegger (he was the translator of Heidegger’s principal works in Russian, and his general philosophical standpoints were also close to Heideggerian ones). Heidegger did not discuss Palamas’ teaching; but the ...

Avarice, the Grave Sickness of the Soul

Religious Life - 19 October 2018

‘Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near’ (Lk. 12, 33) ‘Avarice is the root of all evils’ (I Tim. 6, 10) Of all the sicknesses that befall the human soul, the most repulsive, in my view is avarice, or miserliness. I...

The Repercussions of the Decisions of the Seventh Ecumenical Synod in the West

History - 20 October 2018

The second month of the Church’s year is linked to the celebration of the Seventh Ecumenical Synod. This was a synod which was accompanied by one of the most violent interventions by the State in the internal affairs of the Church. The iconoclast dispute was the last Christological quarrel* and thre...

Love and pressure

Words of Life - 21 October 2018

The supposedly ‘pious’ parents, whose concern was to make their children into ‘good Christians’, oppressed them through their human love and achieved the opposite to what they wanted. Children are pressed when they’re little and then, when they become sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, they go off in a ...

Don’t foster sorrows

Words of Life - 18 October 2018

Don’t foster sorrows in your heart because the joy of the evil one is sorrow and despondency, which beget many things which fill the soul with bitterness. >Blessed Joseph the Hesychast...

Energy and personality in the theology of John Meyendorf and in contemporary philosophy (2)

Theology - 17 October 2018

Contemporary philosophy could say perhaps that in Orthodox theology, both in Meyendorff and Palamas himself, the principle of energy did not obtain sufficiently high status and central place. After the “forgetting of energy”, as if trying to compensate for it, modern thought, starting with Heidegg...

What is Noetic Prayer of the Heart?

Wisdom & Word - 11 October 2018

The remembrance of God in a person reveals communion with God and is therefore like a prayer. The effort of constantly calling upon of the holy name of Christ using the prayer ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, sinner that I am’, continually renews the remembrance of God and communion with God. I...

Holy humility

Words of Life - 12 October 2018

People who are humble are cognizant of their inner state and however bad it is, don’t lose their personality. They know they’re sinners and they mourn over it, but they don’t despair, they don’t exhaust themselves. Those who have holy humility don’t talk at all, in other words they don’t react. Th...

Sermon on he Apostolic reading - 4th Sunday of Luke (Titus 3: 8-15)

Biblical Theology - New Testament - 14 October 2018

The Apostle Paul, after being freed from his first imprisonment in Rome, went to Crete with his valued companion, Titus.   After a short period of apostolic activity, The Apostle Paul made Titus the Bishop of Crete to continue the work of evangelizing the people, and the Apostle himself once again c...

The acts of the enemy

Words of Life - 22 October 2018

The struggle is relentless and continuous, external and internal. Sometimes, the enemy acts visibly, through people and things, and at others he attacks people invisibly, through their thoughts. On occasion, he’ll appear openly, with a violent and merciless attack, like an enemy, but at others he’...

Energy and personality in the theology of John Meyendorf and in contemporary philosophy

Theology - 15 October 2018

Contemporary man… should be more receptive to the basic positions of Byzantine thought, which may then acquire an astonishingly contemporary relevance. Fr. John Meyendorff   Many ideas and positions propounded and maintained in the works of Father John Meyendorff are taken now by us as evid...

Encyclical on Bearing an Icon of the Holy Trinity in a Procession

Iconography - Theology - 27 July 2018

Since a question was asked at our office concerning the propriety of bearing an icon of the Holy Trinity in a procession, the theological advisor to the Holy Metropolis of Mani, Georgios Filias, Professor of Liturgics at the University of Athens, was asked to respond and he did so in the following m...

Christ is the Source and Origin for Forgiveness and Entry into Paradise

Wisdom & Word - 22 October 2018

Someone once went to Elder Iosif the Cave-Dweller- may we have his blessing- a man who came from his home town. When he got there, the Elder asked him about all the old people there. You know, the way you do if somebody comes from home. How’s so-and so? How’s old what’s his name doing? That sort of...

Do you Judge with Love or Misanthropy?

Wisdom & Word - 18 October 2018

From Homily XIII on the Gospel of Saint Matthew If you forgive your neighbours, before you free them of any burden, you release yourself from your sins, without any effort. And if you examine the sins of others with charity and leniency, by this judgement you store up a wealth of forgiveness for yo...

The Truth of the Faith as a Struggle for Life

Biblical Theology - New Testament - 14 October 2018

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 will of the heart

Words of Life - 16 October 2018

If you are purified from the passions, then you can leave your heart freely to its will. But the more active its passions are, if you leave your heart to its will, it’ll condemn itself to general instability and insecurity. » Saint Theophan the Recluse...

Awareness

Words of Life - 17 October 2018

As the image of God, people should be self-aware, free and in control of themselves, because if awareness is taken away from them, they become unfree and are ruled by others. They’re unworthy of their high calling, such a sublime destination which is what their divine Creator wanted for them. So ...

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