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Buddhism and Eastern Asceticism compared to Orthodox Christian Asceticism

Filed in Spirituality by on August 25, 2016 • views: 674
Buddhism and Eastern Asceticism compared to Orthodox Christian Asceticism

Eastern asceticism aims at divesting the mind of all that is relative and transitory, so that man may identify with the impersonal Absolute.






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What is Orthodox Spirituality?

Filed in Spirituality by on August 25, 2016 • views: 396
What is Orthodox Spirituality?

The term spirituality is used very loosely in our culture. But Orthodox spirituality has a very specific meaning.






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What is Orthodox Asceticism?

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What is Orthodox Asceticism?

Asceticism is a key part of Orthodox Spirituality. It is not a negative activity but a most positive one.






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What is the Orthodox Meaning of Theosis or Union with God?

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What is the Orthodox Meaning of Theosis or Union with God?

Saint Theophan the Recluse says, that the aim of an Orthodox Christian is “a living unity with God.” This referred to as “theosis.”






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The Christian Identity

Filed in Spirituality by on June 8, 2015 • views: 582
The Christian Identity

There was an incident in the life of St Spiridon of Trimythous: he arrived at the Cathedral, but the caretaker would not let him in.






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A short Christian Moral Guide

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A short Christian Moral Guide

Christians, remember what God is, and that He looks not only on your works, but also on your very thoughts and intentions, and that you are not able to hide anywhere or anything from Him.






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55 Maxims for Christian Living by Fr.Thomas Hopko

Filed in Spirituality by on May 27, 2015 • views: 556
55 Maxims for Christian Living by Fr.Thomas Hopko

Endure the trial of yourself and your own faults and sins peacefully, serenely, because you know that God’s mercy is greater than your wretchedness.






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Bearing the Shame of Confession

Filed in Spirituality by on March 13, 2015 • views: 649
Bearing the Shame of Confession

In taking the steps which you have presented to us, the most difficult thing, I think, is to overcome the fear of shame. This is what I try to do in my parish.






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A Sinful girl, the Nuns and Saint Arsenios of Paros

Filed in Spirituality by on January 31, 2015 • views: 802
A Sinful girl, the Nuns and Saint Arsenios of Paros

This is from the Life of St. Arsenios of Paros (1800-1877), who is commemorated by the Orthodox Church on January 31. A very instructive story.






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The Three Medicines of the Holy Unmercenaries

Filed in Spirituality by on July 2, 2014 • views: 803
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: 592
“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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