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Passionately Drunk

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Passionately Drunk

The Philokalia, that wonderful collection of writings by the fathers on prayer of the heart, has as its full title, The Philokalia of the Neptic Saints gathered from our Holy Theophoric Fathers, through which, by means of the philosophy of ascetic practice and contemplation, the intellect is purified, illumined, and made perfect. Little wonder it is known popularly as the Philokalia.

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Person and Spirituality

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Person and Spirituality

In recent years, there has been much discussion of the difference which exists between the notions of “person” and “individual”. It may be that the progress of the social and anthropological sciences has provided the spark for this discussion, the starting-point for which is to be found in the well-known philosophical trends of our day. In particular, we see the supporters of Christian personalism and those of existentialism wrestling in particular with the notion of “person”, in an attempt to define its role and spheres of influence and existence.

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The Boundaries Between Faith and Religious Charlatinism

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The Boundaries Between Faith and Religious Charlatinism

In recent years, a religious uproar has exploded over ambiguous prophecies, causing widespread concern, while using the religiosity of the masses for some to gain by it. A religiosity that rekindled through miraculous and unexplained events like weeping icons and myrrhgushing relics and many, many eschatological prophecies.

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Homily on the Conscience by Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

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Homily on the Conscience by Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

WHEN GOD CREATED man, he breathed into him something divine, as it were a hot and bright spark added to reason, which lit up the mind and showed him the difference between right and wrong. This is called the conscience, which is the law of his nature. This is compared to the well which Jacob […]

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On the Criteria by Which We Shall Be Judged on the Last Day by Saint Caesarius of Arles

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On the Criteria by Which We Shall Be Judged on the Last Day by Saint Caesarius of Arles

Knowing that the human race with its weaknesses cannot pass through this present life without sin, the good and merciful Lord deigned to provide such remedies as not only the rich, but also the poor, can apply to the wounds of their sins. What are these remedies? They are two, concerning which the Lord said: ‘Give, and it shall be given to you; forgive, and you shall be forgiven.

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Prayer Presupposes Faith

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Prayer Presupposes Faith

Ascent to heaven begins with contrition, with real repentance, with remorse. It’s worth remembering that we weren’t made to return to dust. The life of the passions doesn’t in fact bring joy and satisfaction. Attaching yourself too firmly to the things of this world is a serious mistake and brings its own cost in terms of bitter consequences. It’s not unfeasible to advance beyond the visible. Anyone can manage it.

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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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Aspiring to Be Saints by Saint Silouan the Athonite

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Aspiring to Be Saints by Saint Silouan the Athonite

In the Kingdom of Heaven where dwell the Lord and His most pure Mother, abide all the Saints. There live our Forefathers and Patriarchs who valiantly carried their faith before them. There dwell the Prophets who received the Holy Spirit, and by their exhortations called the people to God. There dwell the Apostles who died that the Gospel might be preached. There dwell the Martyrs who gladly gave their lives for love of Christ.

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The Risk Demanded by Jesus

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The Risk Demanded by Jesus

We saw last Sunday who the Twelve Apostles were, and this Sunday the Gospel reading (Matth. 4, 18-23) describes exactly how Jesus addressed His call to His first disciples and how they responded. So we see two pairs of brothers, Andrew and Peter, on the one hand, and James and John, on the other, fishermen all, accepting the Lord’s invitation without further ado. They heard His call and at once left their nets and followed Him.

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The Path towards the Light: Orthodoxy’s Holy Teachers and Teachers of Other Religions

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The Path towards the Light: Orthodoxy’s Holy Teachers and Teachers of Other Religions

First of all, there is no “method” in the lives of these Christians, which they follow in order to attain such characteristics, nor were they initiated in any kind of mystic teaching. The only thing they did was to open wide their heart to Christ, as God, and to their fellow-man. Their way of life does not include the practicing of a certain method (for example Yoga, meditation or martial arts), but rather, we would say that theirs is a path, which includes a descent into two intelligible realms – which the contemporary saint, the Elder Sophronios Sakharov, characterizes as “Hades”: the “Hades of repentance” and the “Hades of Love”.

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