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“How can we lead the solitary life?”

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“How can we lead the solitary life?”

“Some people living carelessly in the world have asked me: ‘We have wives and are beset with social cares, and how can we lead the solitary life?’ I replied to them: ‘Do all the good you can; do not speak evil of anyone; do not steal from anyone; do not lie to anyone; do not […]

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The Sickness of Religion and its Orthodox Cure

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The Sickness of Religion and its Orthodox Cure

PEOPLE have begun writing articles of late about the relationship between Orthodoxy and religion. It is a fact that, after the first few centuries [of Christianity], our Faith has also been characterized as a religion. But in what sense is it a religion? Plutarch equates religion with worship. Orthodoxy certainly does involve worship, but it […]

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Should Jesus Scare Us?

Filed in Articles by on March 11, 2013 0 Comments • views: 1248
Should Jesus Scare Us?

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love” (A John, 4, 18) When you love Jesus, despite your many weaknesses and your awareness of them, you rest assured that you have overcome death because you […]

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Why Does It Take So Long?

Filed in Spirituality by on March 14, 2013 0 Comments • views: 1063
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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Transforming Daily Activities of Life into Spiritual Lessons

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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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Saint Gregory Palamas: Homily 33-Virtues and Opposite Passions

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Saint Gregory Palamas: Homily 33-Virtues and Opposite Passions

WHATEVER you sow in cultivated ground, you reap the same. If you plant fruit trees, or sow wheat, barley or some other useful crop, the earth brings them forth and they grow and are fruitful. But if the land is left untilled and unsown, it sprouts useless plants, mostly the thorns and thistles mentioned in the curse pronounced against us (Gen. 3:18).

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

Filed in Spirituality by on April 17, 2013 0 Comments • views: 1181
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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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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Saint John of the Ladder and the Frog

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Saint John of the Ladder and the Frog

When we draw water from a well, it can happen that we inadvertently also bring up a frog. When we acquire virtues we can sometimes find ourselves involved with the vices which are imperceptibly interwoven with them.

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When Requests are Made to God and are Not Immediately Answered

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When Requests are Made to God and are Not Immediately Answered

We must not become upset if for a while the Lord seems to allow our requests to go unheard. Naturally the Lord would be delighted if in one moment all men became dispassionate. But He knows, in His providence, that this would not be to their advantage.

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