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The Temptation of Life’s Unforeseen Circumstances

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The Temptation of Life’s Unforeseen Circumstances

We have a continuous temptation before us. The unforeseen constantly occurs in our life. You come to the monastery to find spiritual life, and you encounter evil. This is unforeseen. You ask for a cell on the side of the monastery where there is no humidity, you acquire it, but you believe the sea brings […]

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Scandalized by the Happiness of the Impious and Faithless

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Scandalized by the Happiness of the Impious and Faithless

Many times believers are scandalized by the happiness of the impious and faithless. Indeed, when we take a look around us, we see that God, according to human logic, very unfairly distributes His good things. Where He should be giving happiness He gives misfortunes. Where He should be giving riches He gives poverty, and where […]

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How the Christian Should Behave

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How the Christian Should Behave

Many things are set forth by Scripture as binding upon all who are anxious to please God. But, for the present, I have only deemed it necessary to speak by way of brief reminder concerning the questions which have recently been stirred among you, so far as I have learnt from the study of inspired […]

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The Ascetic Ideal and the New Testament

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The Ascetic Ideal and the New Testament

The Ascetic Ideal and the New Testament Reflections on the Critique of the Theology of the Reformation   If the monastic ideal is union with God through prayer, through humility, through obedience, through constant recognition of one’s sins, voluntary or involuntary, through a renunciation of the values of this world, through poverty, through chastity, through […]

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Why do we include Saints in our Prayers?

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Why do we include Saints in our Prayers?

Photo: Catacomb of St. Sabastiano: Fragments of a wall plaster from the triclia with numerous graffiti that ask for the prayers of the martyred apostles, Peter and Paul. Copyright Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Cristiana, Roma In our Prayer rule we can also ask the saints to intercede for us and to help us in our […]

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Is Orthodoxy a bit Weird?

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Is Orthodoxy a bit Weird?

What is the aim of life (death)?  For Orthodox Christians it is salvation and eternal life with God.  How are we saved?  Paul tells us we are justified in Christ through our faith (Gal 2:16).  But what is faith? Faith is our surrender to the truth of the Gospel and TheTradition of His Church.  Faith […]

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Saint Basil on Usury and Debt

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Saint Basil on Usury and Debt

Today consumer debt is 2.5 trillion dollars indicating how far we have moved from Gospel traditions.  In Scripture we are taught not to enslave others through usury, contracts and interest, but to give those in need without expectation of return.  On the other hand we are also not encouraged to seek loans to support a […]

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Saint John Chrysostom on Virtue

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Saint John Chrysostom on Virtue

When we normally think of virtue we tend to think of ethical behavior, following the rules, obeying the commandments. Saint John Chrysostom reminds us that virtue is much more than just being a good person living according to the rules. He writes, Virtue is to scorn all human affairs, to keep the mind on future […]

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Path to Salvation-A Brother and the Old Man

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Path to Salvation-A Brother and the Old Man

I was recently moved by reading an article by Saint Maximus the Confessor. I was surprised at its clarity and simplicity, yet its completeness and elegance. I had always thought of Saint Maximus as one to avoid reading because he was so hard to grasp. What I found was the opposite. It will try and […]

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The Church Fathers and Slavery

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The Church Fathers and Slavery

Many monks contributed much toward a more just and moral society. From the ranks of the monks emerged the earliest condemnation of slavery. Gregory the Theologian, bishop of Nazianzus first, and later Patriarch of Constantinople, denounced the practice of holding slaves. His friend Basil of Ceasarea did not favor it but tolerated the institution as […]

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CELTIC ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY

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CELTIC ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY

The ancient Celtic Church had intimate ties with the same Desert Fathers of Egypt, Syria, and Palestine who fostered the ascetic literature and monasticism of the Byzantine and Slavic Orthodox Churches. This essay attempts to elucidate Celtic Christian spirituality and monasticism in the light of Orthodox Christian monastic and ascetic tradition. Specific points are illustrated […]

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TRUE CHRISTIANITY: THE SOUL’S JOURNEY

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TRUE CHRISTIANITY: THE SOUL’S JOURNEY

This is the period for John’s Gospels, and you know how theologically rich he is… that’s how great he is – the Theologian, John the Theologian, the first one of the Church – and he was in fact referred to like that, because he was a student of Love: “…being replete with that Love, he […]

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