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The Three Medicines of the Holy Unmercenaries

Filed in Spirituality by on July 2, 2014 • views: 1498
The Three Medicines of the Holy Unmercenaries

In accordance with the tradition of our Holy Church, we approach our saints every day, honoring their memories, bearing their names and asking for their intercessions and mediations before the throne of God. They are saved, we are sinners; they are in the Light, we are in darkness. Full of illnesses we ask the saints to heal our bodies, though more rarely to heal our souls. And the saints, compassionate as they are, being imitators of the merciful God, graciously give us what we need, assisting us, strengthening us and healing us. But we especially recommend three medicines.

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“You kept the good wine till the last”. The Gift of Life

Filed in Spirituality by on July 2, 2014 • views: 1250
“You kept the good wine till the last”. The Gift of Life

The birth of Christ restored the equality of the sexes. At the beginning of human history, a woman, Eve, was born, without female intervention, from a man, Adam, so in this rebalancing of history, a man, Christ, was born of a woman, Our Most Holy Lady, this time without male involvement. Christ brings the good tidings of the harmonious relationship between us and God and, by extension, with Himself, other people and nature. Love is restored to its place as the mystical axis of life.

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What Elder Porphyrios, a Famous Monk-Priest, Says About How Parents and Teachers Need to Treat the Young

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What Elder Porphyrios, a Famous Monk-Priest, Says About How Parents and Teachers Need to Treat the Young

The education, says elder Porphyrios, lasts throughout life (lifelong education) and starts from fetal life, and constantly evolving. The most important educations and upbringing is the one held by the family. According to elder Porphyrios, the family is the first physical means of upbringing and educating people. In the first 5 years of human life the family with all functions – visible and hidden, conscious and unconscious – helps on shaping the personality.

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The Angelic Children

Filed in Spirituality by on April 17, 2013 0 Comments • views: 1380
The Angelic Children

He tells of a Greek priest he knows who has three sons who are like angels. One is a priest, and the others serve in the altar with their father. This is, lamentably a rare thing: for the children to grow up with the piety of their parents.

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Elder Paisios: Never Say “They Will Answer to God”

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Elder Paisios: Never Say “They Will Answer to God”

In this life all people are given tests, so that we may pass to the other life, to Paradise. My thoughts tell me that the polite curse is below the spiritual base and is forbidden to Christians, because Christ did not teach us that kind of love, but rather: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

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Transforming Daily Activities of Life into Spiritual Lessons

Filed in Spirituality by on March 14, 2013 0 Comments • views: 2133
Transforming Daily Activities of Life into Spiritual Lessons

We often feel as if our daily life distracts us from having thoughts of God. This is a trick of our mind that we must learn to change. Our sense take inputs from our surroundings and interpret them in terms of our well being automatically. Thus the real essence of everything we see is separated […]

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Why Does It Take So Long?

Filed in Spirituality by on March 14, 2013 0 Comments • views: 1062
Why Does It Take So Long?

So often, with great expectations, we will renew our commitment to the Orthodox Way of Life by making significant changes in our life and how we spend our time. We will increase our time in prayer, participate more regularly in services and sacraments, begin to read Scripture and the lives of the saints daily. Yet, […]

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“Our Father”-The Lord’s Prayer

Filed in Spirituality by on March 8, 2013 0 Comments • views: 2209
“Our Father”-The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our transgressions, as we forgive those who transgress against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the […]

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Marriage and the Family: Models and Comparisons within the Orthodox Tradition

Filed in Spirituality by on February 4, 2013 0 Comments • views: 1620
Marriage and the Family: Models and Comparisons within the Orthodox Tradition

Models and Comparisons Man moves through life always having need of examples, models, standards, ideals, and comparisons. He has to find support somewhere in order to see or understand something else. From the familiar he proceeds to the dissimilar and gradually draws near to and perceives that which is distant. He uses this way of […]

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基督徒生命引导

Filed in Spirituality by on October 6, 2012 0 Comments • views: 1702
基督徒生命引导

宁愿自己承受逼迫,也不去逼迫他人; 宁愿自己被钉受死,也不去钉死他人; 宁愿自己忍受诬陷,也不去诬陷他人; 与喜乐的人同乐,与哀哭的人同哭——–如此才是单纯的实现   与病痛者共尝苦味, 与罪中人同经折磨, 与悔过者齐庆欢欣, 可与众人为友,但却持有灵里独醒, 可分他人苦楚,但却持守彼此间距, 不责人不斥人,即便与极恶之人共处   张开你的义袍遮盖深陷恶中的,令每一位每一个都得到保护, 即使你无法替他人承担过犯及引来的惩罚,也不要诋毁其人格   叙利亚的圣以撒

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A Guide to Christian Life

Filed in Spirituality by on September 29, 2012 0 Comments • views: 849
A Guide to Christian Life

Let yourself be persecuted, but do not persecute others. Be crucified, but do not crucify others. Be slandered, but do not slander others. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep: such is the sign of purity. Suffer with the sick. Be afflicted with sinners. Exult with those who repent. Be the […]

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Practical Repentance and its fruits

Filed in Spirituality by on September 12, 2012 0 Comments • views: 1029
Practical Repentance and its fruits

    Christ is the living truth. “I am the way, and the truth and the life” (John 14, 6). Therefore, He is life without beginning, unlimited (ἀπεριόριστος), unbound (ἀδέσμευτος), co-eternal with the Father, inseparable and undivided from him. “Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in […]

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