Why we fast and mourn? – Photo journal from Vespers of Forgiveness

Mourning, according to God, is sadness of soul, and the disposition of a sorrowing heart, which ever madly seeks that for which it thirsts; and when it...

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What is the role of a spiritual father

A spiritual father, like a signpost, merely indicates the...

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Lord is standing at the edge of your existence waiting for you

At the edge of your heart the Lord is standing with a tall candle that burns without smoking or melting. The Lord is standing and waiting at your invitation, to bring the candle into your heart...

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We are perfectly different and perfectly equal

Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free. However God...

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Self-love brings sorrow

Self-love brings sorrow and is healed by silence. That's why...

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The Church is a hospital for sinners

The Church is a hospital for sinners who are fighting to become saints. That's why I think that...

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How to determine God to act

When you've done everything you can do, that's when God...

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What we need to help the others – photo journal from the Presentation of Christ – part 2: the liturgy (Audio)

Unless we look at a person and see the beauty there is in this person, we can contribute nothing to him. One does not help a person by...

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Educating children is a sacred duty – Photo Journal from the Presentation of Christ – part 1: vigil (Audio)

Having children is a matter of nature; but raising them and educating them in the virtues is a matter of...

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Why your image of God isn’t good enough

If your photos aren't good enough then you aren't close enough. This applies as well with regards to...

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God’s commandments are beyond human limits

We can see the limits to all human "perfections" but God's commandments are beyond that because...

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Perhaps you are the most miserable person imaginable

If you believe firmly that God cares for you, then you do not need to worry about the body, nor need you be concerned about...

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The “I love you” of God

Perhaps you see yourself as a religious person. But if your tongue is out of control, you are fooling yourself. Your careless...

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Elder Seraphim Rose: How God behaves with those whom He chooses?

God often isolates those whom He chooses, so that we have...

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The man of sorrows – Photo journal from the name day of the Abbot Ephraim – part 2: The Liturgy

He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and as one from whom men hide their faces...

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The serenity of an abbot – Photo Journal from the name day of the Abbot Ephraim – part 1: the vigil (Audio)

An abbot was always very serene even if he had a big brotherhood to deal with. Once upon a time a disciple asked him: "My elder, how do you succeed in being so calm?"...

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The Church is not a human organization

The Church is not a human organization, but a Divine-Human organism. It is not a human corporation, but the Divine-human Body of Christ. The source of the Church is...

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One of the most important thing God teaches us

One of the most important things God has taught me is that I don't need to...

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Creation is not an event in the past but a relationship in the present

Creation is not an event in the past but a relationship in the present. If God did not...

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Be like a king in your heart through grace-given mourning

Be like a king in your heart, seated high in humility, and commanding laughter: Go, and it goes; and sweet weeping: Come, and it comes; and our tyrant and slave...

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Don’t worry about anything

Don't worry about anything; instead pray for everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this...

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God’s biggest miracle for us – photo journal from the feast of miracle-working icon of Paramythia (Audio)

The miracle working icon of Paramythia ("the one who comforts") took the name not from the big miracle which she made by escaping the monks and the monastery from pirates but from...

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From death to life

If we live, we are living for the Lord. And if we die, we are dying for the Lord...

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What happens if we want to do something but cannot

If we want to do something but cannot, then before...

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The absolute renunciation of our own life: fearlessness of death

Obedience is absolute renunciation of our own life, clearly expressed in our bodily actions. Or, conversely,...

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Focus on me and not the storm

In the midst of the storm, Christ tells us, "Focus on me" and not the storm; then...

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Elder Seraphim Rose: Orthodoxy is life

Orthodoxy is life. If we don't live Orthodoxy, we simply are...

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We need to simplify our life

Blessed are those who've managed to simplify their life and become liberated from the web of this world's development of...

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We need to learn from our ancestors – a photo report from a memorial service

We need to learn about our ancestors. We need to learn from our ancestors. We need to respect our ancestors. Otherwise we will be condemned...

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Faith and determination can make wonders – a photo journal from the Cell of St. Joseph of Timisoara

Some undertake a particular duty, but for a brother’s peace of mind, at his request they leave it; and some leave their work through laziness; and some do not leave it out of vainglory; and some do not leave it out of zeal. Faith and determination can make wonders. Just...

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Elder Arsenie Boca: A prayer

Lord, You who among people come in secret, have mercy on us and put fire to the prison...

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The blindness of the intellect

The intellect is made blind by these three passions:...

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The advantage of praying during the night

This is the advantage of praying during the night; night is a shield against thoughts, against images and feelings. Try to be...

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Why God gave us time?

Do not forget these words: God has given you time to build...

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Evil does not exist

The Holy Fathers say that evil in and of itself does not exist. Evil is a distortion of reality. Evil is the desperate attempt of a thought...

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How to deal with your talents – Photo journal from Theophany – part 2: Liturgy (Audio)

Be humble about your talents. Be thankful for your gifts. Be giving in your...

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St. Paisios: Why we don’t have miracles anymore? – Photo report from Theophany – part 1: The Vigil

Today, increased knowledge and trust in logic has, unfortunately, shaken our faith to its foundations and filled our souls with question marks and doubts. This is why...

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About thoughts, discrimination and real knowledge

One man received a thought and accepted it without examination. Another received a thought and...

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How and when is manifested the Grace of the Holy Spirit

The grace of the Holy Spirit which is given mystically to every Christian when he is baptized acts and is manifested in proportion to...

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Which are the differences between God’s voice and devil’s voice

God's voice fills you with peace, leads you, reassures you, enlightens you, encourages you, comforts you, calms you and convicts you. Satan's voice rushes you, pushes you, frightens you,...

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What is wrong with us?

What is wrong with us? We believe that we will correct God with our inventions. We turn night into day...

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The categories of men in Church

In the Church there is human-divine cooperation through history for deification. The real, charismatic Church is...

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Do not judge. You don’t know from what storm the other comes – an amazing photo journal

Do not judge. You don't know from what storm the other person has come. You don't know...

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Why do men learn through pain and suffering, and not through pleasure and happiness?

Why do men learn through pain and suffering, and not through pleasure and happiness? Very simply, because...

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Which is the difference between who you are and who you want to be

The difference between who you are and who you want to be is...

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A horse alone

A horse when alone often imagines that it is galloping, but when...

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Who sees the divine care?

Divine care surrounds all human beings all the time, but it is only seen by those who...

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Where does the knowledge of created things come from?

St. Gregory Palamas teaches that knowledge of created things comes from doing virtuous deeds. And when asked what the aim of virtuous deeds is, he writes:...

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Faith, hope and love

And now, finally, after all that we have said, there remain these three that bind and secure the union of all, faith, hope, love; and the greatest of these is love, for God Himself is so called. And (as far as I can make out) I see the one as...

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Unity heals, separation wounds – Photo Journal from the service of Holy Unction (Audio)

Unity heals, separation wounds. This is true both in the Church and in the family. That's why we must...

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Now we suffer from civilization

What have we achieved in this century with our ‘civilization’? We have driven people mad and have polluted the atmosphere and the environment. When...

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Who is intelligent?

Men are often called intelligent wrongly. Intelligent men are not those who are erudite in the sayings and books of the wise men of old, but those who...

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How to reach the perfect peace of love

In order to reach to perfect peace of love you must struggle to...

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The one who disobeys the Church doesn’t believe in Christ

The one who disobeys the Church, in fact doesn't believe in Christ because...

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Patient endurance kills the despair

Patient endurance kills the despair that kills the soul; it teaches the soul to...

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Humility is obtained by obedience

I once asked one of the most experienced fathers and pressed him to tell me how humility is obtained by obedience. He said:...

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The pride of our academy are our saints – Photo Journal from the Feast of Holy Founders. Part 2: The Liturgy (Audio)

The pride of our academy are our saints. This gives us the reason to continue. From St. Philaret of Moscow and St. Theopan the Recluse till...

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Prayer: our source of happiness – Photo Journal from the Feast of Holy Founders – Part 1: The Vigil

We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all, because...

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What is “the mind of the Church”?

A great deal is being said today about acquiring the mind of the Church. Sometimes, however, we do not know just what the mind of the Church is. We identify it with a blind obedience to some general laws or...

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It is important to get up immediately after a fall

We all sin continually. We slip and fall. In reality, we fall into a trap set by the demons. The Holy Fathers and the Saints always tell us, "It is important to get up immediately after a fall and to...

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Genesis 1:1 – E=mc^2

"In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth". At first glance, one might think that this refers to the blue sky above us and the ground beneath our feet. Moving on to the second verse, however,...

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Do not say: nothing has been gained during prayer

Our heart should beat for the One who created it. That's why do not say, after spending a long time in prayer, that nothing has been gained; for you have already gained something...

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Why we eat?

Let us show that we eat for the sake of living, and not...

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Orthodoxy is the true path – Photo Journal (the footpath to the Pantokrator Monastery) (Audio)

Orthodoxy as the true path to the heavenly Jerusalem does not guarantee that the path will be "ok". It guarantees that...

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How to build the most influential Church news portal in Greece

How does one build the most influential Church news portal in Greece? More than anything, you must pray a lot, and you must struggle to be...

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No one ever came to God because a Christian scolded them

No one ever came to God because a Christian scolded them but by...

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Tragedy? No tragedy.

I saw that there was no tragedy in God. Tragedy is to be found solely in...

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Merry Christmas! (Audio)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor...

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God always helps, but take care…

God always helps. He always comes in time, but...

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Always help someone; you might be the only one

Always help someone; you might be the only one that does. Help today because you don't...

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Christ on Earth: between betrayals – Photo Journal from Nativity (2015) (Audio)

We usually say that Judas betrayed Christ. While it is true, this does not depict the entire life of our Lord on earth. In fact, the life of our Lord on earth was between betrayals: He was betrayed shortly after He was born and He was betrayed shortly before His death...

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The Eve of the Nativity: The eve of purity – Photo Report from Eve of the Nativity (2015) (Audio)

It was fitting that the Giver of all holiness should enter this world by a pure and holy birth. For He it is that of old formed Adam from the virgin earth,...

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God answers in three ways

God answers in three ways: He says "yes" and gives you what you want. He says "no" and...

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Elder Seraphim Rose: How to behave from now on

Only struggle a little more. Carry your cross without complaining. Don't think you are anything special...

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The spiritual nature of hymns – A photo journal with Vatopaidi’s choir (Audio)

Sometimes chanting in moderation soothes the temper remarkably. But sometimes, if untimely and immoderate, it lends itself to the lure of pleasure. Let us then appoint definite times for this, and so make good use of it. Correctly used, nothing so arouses the soul, gives it wing, sets it free from the earth...

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Words and Silence: the relationship

Words are instruments of this world, but...

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“Everything” is “impossibly difficult”

When you have love for things divine, you can fast with pleasure; otherwise...

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The person who loves the most is he who humbles himself the most – Photo Journal with Katzio

The person who loves the most is he who humbles himself the most. No one will ever attain the degree of humility of Christ or His Mother,...

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A short description of the rational aspects of the soul

St. John of Damascus says that the soul is intelligent and noetic. God gave man "an intelligent and noetic soul for proper breathing". It is a basic...

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The prayer of Father Arsenie Boca (fragment)

Lord Jesus Christ, help me so that today, for the whole day, I may cast myself aside, since who knows out of what petty reason I will...

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About Marriage: One of the most important blessings in one’s life

A certain wise man, when enumerating which blessings are the most important included a wife and husband who live in harmony (Sir. 25:1). In another place he emphasized this:...

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How to become immortal

The man who has found love eats and drinks Christ every day and hour and so is made immortal. 'Whoever eats of this bread', He says, 'which I will give him, will never taste death.' Blessed is he who consumes the bread of love, which is Jesus! He who eats of love eats Christ, the God over all, as...

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Why God allows children to stay on the Archbishop’s throne

Many times, God allows children to stay on the archibishop's throne because the grace of theosis is not made known by lessons but through innocence and purity as that of a child. Brothers and sisters, stop thinking...

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That “special” moment called heresy

Heresy: That "special" moment when you have greather spiritual insight than the apostles, disciples, apostolic and holy fathers and the entire past and present Church members even though you...

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A vote between heaven and earth – Photo journal with Metropolitan Theophan of Moldavia

There are so many political parties that try to deceive us. So many parties that want to exploit us. So many people who press us with their promises and, in the end, they do almost nothing for us. On the other hand,...

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The humbleness of a Patriarch – Full Photo Report with the visit of Patriarch of Serbia, Irinej

It is our obligation to do a pilgrimage to Vatopaidi because Saint Savvas learnt here that only through holiness we can build a nation. We, as a nation, are...

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We cannot understand our fall

A profound and hidden mystery is the fall of man. It is quite impossible for a person to understand it by his own powers. This is because...

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How to reveal the image of God in children

When we teach our children to be good, to be gentle, to be forgiving (all these are attributes of God), to be generous, to love their follow men, to regard this present age as nothing, we instill virtue in their souls, and reveal the image of God within them. And then...

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The four aspects (powers) of the soul

We can divide the human soul into four aspects, three of which are formulated by Plato and, on the whole, are accepted by the Holy Fathers. We have two irrational aspects...

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You must renounce the world. …But take care why.

The man who renounces the world from fear is like burning incense that begins with fragrance but ends in smoke. He who leaves the world through hope of reward is like a...

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How can we find happiness – Photo journal from the feast of St. John Chrysostom – part 2: the Liturgy

Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward and learning to enjoy whatever life has, and this requires...

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“No one can harm John except John” – Photo journal from the feast of St. John Chrysostom – part 1: the Vigil

Don't ruin a good today by thinking too much about a bad yesterday. Let it go. It is water under the bridge. So, let your past make you better not bitter...

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A symbol of a nation – a small photo journal (Bricul Mircea)

A nation is an open hand in which burns the flame of the faith throughout history. The scope of war is not to be killed for one's nation. The scope of war is to...

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St. Silouan the Athonite: Advice for unbelievers

Pride does not allow the soul to set out on the path of faith. Here is my advice to the unbeliever: let him say,...

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Time passes and does not come back…

Force yourselves; say the Jesus prayer; stop idle talk; close your mouths to criticism; place doors and locks...

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The demons of vainglory prophesy in dreams

The demons of vainglory prophesy in dreams. Being unscrupulous, they guess the future and foretell it to us. When these visions come true, we are amazed; and we are indeed...

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St. Paisios the Athonite: How to find time for everything, including prayer

In order for you to have time for prayer you must not concern yourself with things that other people can do. Let's take an example...

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Everyday I say to myself, today I will make a new start

Everyday I say to myself, today I will make a new start. My job is not to judge. My job is not to...

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God is NOT an avenger – Photo Journal with Metropolitan Andrew of Cluj

The man who chooses to consider God an avenger, presuming that in this manner he...

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People were created to be loved and to love

People were created to be loved and to love. Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos is because...

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Which is the aim of our hierarchy and how to attain this

The aim of our hierarchy is to make us as much like God as possible and to unite us to Him. But Scripture teaches us that...

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No man can serve two masters

Love of God extinguishes our love for our parents. And so he who says that he has both deceives himself. He should listen to Him who says: No man can serve two masters. I have...

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To be merciful means to be “unjust”

In order to render justice to all, you must be very strict with yourself and very merciful to others. Merciful means to be "unjust"...

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How to get rid of the demons like a pro

The demons praised one of the most discerning brothers, appearing to him in visible form. But this most wise man said to them: ‘If you...

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The whole purpose of the Savior’s commandments

The whole purpose of the Saviour's commandments is to free the nous from dissipation and hatred. God's commandments excel...

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How many men did God want to create, anyway? – Big Photo Report from olives harvesting

"God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female, He created them." (Genesis 1:27). At the first glance, it seems that it should read "men" or "humans" because there are two. However...

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The stages of our eternal lives

We must consciously realize that we are eternal. There are four stages in our eternal life: The first stage is our embryonic life, which begins from conception until birth. This stage is characterized by the fact that...

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Clarifications about Confession

We should not fear confession because confession is the door to heaven. This is because God won't cure us from our existential distortions unless we practically...

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St. Paisios the Athonite: Wandering of the mind is a sign of…

If you notice that your mind constantly wanders off to various chores that you have to do, you must realize that...

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What is an unforeseen affliction?

If Peter had not failed to catch anything during the night’s fishing (cf. Lk 5:5), he would not have caught anything during the day. And if Paul had not suffered physical blindness (cf. Ac 9:8), he would not have been given spiritual sight. And if Stephen had not been slandered as a blasphemer, he would not have seen the heavens opened and have looked on God (cf. Ac 6:15; 7:56). As work according to God is called virtue, so unexpected affliction is called a...

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A thankful spirit is a source of joy

A thankful spirit is a source of joy, whereas an unthankful spirit is a source of sadness. Being grateful for a gift

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Humility is a Divine property

Humility is a Divine property and the perfection of the Christian life. It is attained through...

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What are the proofs of God’s existence? – Photo journal with Holy Belt’s departure

First of all, for the one who is stuck in his own reasoning, it is impossible with human means to prove to him the existence of God, because God does not impose His existence on anyone. Such a man can be convinced only through our personal example and prayer. However, ...

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Jesus’ prayer: Why we use prayer rope? – Small photo journal

It is very important to use the prayer rope when we pray Jesus prayer because it helps our mind concentrate by using our sense of touch, our most sensitive sensory perception. Even if 90% of the information transmitted to the human brain is visual, the tactile stimuli have...

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How to qualify for the contest of sanctification

Those who enter the contest of sanctification must renounce all things, despise all things, and shake off all things, that they may lay a firm foundation. A good foundation of three layers and three pillars is...

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God’s grace: The cause of leaving

If you see a man who has sinned and you do not pity him, the grace of God will leave you. Whoever curses bad people, and does not pray for them, will never come to know...

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Do not worship tools

Fasts and vigils, the study of Scripture, renouncing possessions and everything worldly are not in themselves perfection, as we have said; they are its tools. For perfection is...

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In union with Humility

In union with humility it is impossible that there should be any appearance of hatred, or any kind of dispute, or even...

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Sin is a blazing fire

Sin is a blazing fire. The less fuel you give it, the faster it dies down; the more you feed it, the more it burns...

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Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou): Happiness is to take care of who you love – Photo Journal from Liturgy

If we want, Christian, to have our heart filled with divine love we must first empty them of the love of this world, its frivolous and sinful customs and then...

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How to be joyful always

When a foolish person is accused or shouted at he is wounded by it and tries to contradict, or at once makes an apology to his accuser, not out of humility but in order to stop the accusations. But when...

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The most necessary work

As of all foods bread is the most essential, so the thought of death is the most necessary of all works. The remembrance of death amongst those in the midst of society gives...

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We just need to be constant.

In the very beginning of our renunciation, it is certainly with labor and grief that we practice the virtues. But when we have made progress in them, we no longer feel sorrow, or we feel little sorrow. But as soon as our mortal mind is...

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Who should we vote for? – Here is the Church’s answer

The clergy and the monks are often asked "Who should we vote for?" This question even if it shows a very laudable humility, shows also a certain lack of spiritual knowledge. The church...

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To sin is human but to remain in sin is devilish

To sin is human but to remain in sin is devilish; To fall is not ruinous to the soul but to stay on the ground is. That's why for us the key to paradise is...

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How to behave in order to reach God

Whatever a man loves he inevitably clings to, and in order not to lose it he...

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Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Athanasios of Limassol at feast of St. Evdokimos – Photo journal from the Liturgy (part 2)

When a thought is prolonged in us we become enslaved to the attraction. When a thought lingers within a man...

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Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Athanasios of Limassol at feast of St. Evdokimos – Photo journal from the Vigil (part 1)

We cannot play with eternity. We aspire to glory and this is natural. However the sin of Adam distorted this by separating us from God and now we seek glory in vain here on Earth. St. Evdokimos...

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This is what “salvation” means, in Christianity

For us Orthodox the unique and absolute goal of life in Christ is theosis, our union with God, so that man...

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Do not let difficulties overwhelm you

Do not let difficulties, lack of understanding, and so on, overwhelm you, but live each day with...

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The emblem of the Byzantine empire

In 340 BC the Byzantines and their allies the Athenians were under siege by the troops of Philip II of Macedon. On a particularly dark and wet night Philip attempted a surprise attack but...

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Which is (not) the task of Christianity

It is not the task of Christianity to provide easy answers to every question, but to make us...

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How is the soul cured?

How is the soul cured? First we must emphasize the right faith. We Orthodox attach great importance to preserving the faith, just because we know that when faith is distorted, the cure is automatically distorted. We have previously emphasized that theology should be interpreted as medicine...

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A photo report with a Romanian confessor after 19 years of torture

The communists took everything from us: they took our physical liberty, they took our wealth, our friends and relatives, our freedom of speech and expression – everything. But they couldn't enter into...

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The most burdensome and grievous thing

There is nothing more burdensome and grievous then when our conscience accuses us , and there is nothing dearer than calmness and approval of our conscience. So many psychological illnesses are caused by...

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To fast is to force nature

To fast is to force nature. It is to do away with whatever pleases the stomach. Fasting ends lust, roots out bad thoughts, frees one from...

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The therapy of the soul: what the healer needs to know

The successful repetition of the experience of confirmation, which in medical and patristic science is cure, is the truth of every science. Just as it is absurd to...

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We do NOT descend from the apes

Christ willed freely with His divine and His human will to be obedient to God the Father till death, for free will is absolutely inherent in every rational nature. After all...

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We are not (yet) perfect, but…

Evidently we are not yet perfect, but at least we...

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Where the courage is proven

Willing obedience is an action which shows more courage and strength of spirit than subjugating great kings and ruling over them. So, who is wise and understanding among you? Let him...

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What means „poor in spirit”? – Photo journal of a liturgy in the Chapel of Paramythia

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No one can say, “I am poor and hence I have no means of giving alms.”

No one can say, "I am poor and hence I have no means of giving alms." For even if you...

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About advice: giving and receiving

It's one thing to give out excellent advice, but quite another to put it into practice personally...

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The way to reach God

No matter how much we may study, it is not possible to come to know God unless we...

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In the desert everything is different than in the world – A photo journal from the carpentry shop

In the desert everything is different than in the world. Vatopaidi Monastery is in the "desert", as the monastic fathers call it -- in other words, a deserted or isolated place. There are no electrical cables, no water pipes, no physical utility conduits connecting it to the "outside" world. The monastery...

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St. Paisios’ definition of philotimo

Remember the Blessed Elder's definition of philotimo: "The reverent distillation of...

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“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God”: What sort of a camel is this?

There is a debate going on among scholars whether it really said "camel" or rather "rope" - both words (κάμηλος/kámêlos for camel and κάμιλος/kamilos for rope) are very close to each other and might have been mistranslated. There are some early bible translations in...

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Twice a year at Vatopaidi, a miracle happens during the feasts of Holy Cross (Photo Report)

Twice a year at the Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi, Mount Athos, a miracle happens: the...

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How to give courage to yourself

You may find yourself hampered by someone who sows tares of despondency. He tries to prevent you from climbing to such heights of holiness by discouraging you with various thoughts. For instance...

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God is above everything, including existence

God does not "suffer" anything. God has no need of anything. He is above everything, including any necessity that might stem from His nature or existence. In fact, God does not "exist". God is above existence; He...

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Guarding the heart

Our holy fathers have listened to the Lord who said that from the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, perjury, slander [Mt 15:19] and how these are the things that make a man unclean. [Mt 15:20] Further, they have listened to the part of the gospel where we are ordered to clean the...

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Your salvation is a low hanging fruit. How to pick it up – a photo report about apple gathering

God does everything to save you. Your salvation is a low hanging fruit. You just need to pick it up by...

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Try to fill your soul with Christ

Try to fill your soul with Christ so as not to have it empty. Your soul is like...

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Avoid with all your power negligence

Avoid with all your power negligence! Self-esteem corrupts treasures that have been amassed, while negligence...

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Less known things about the nativity of the Mother of God – Full Photo Report

There are some less known things about the nativity of the Monther of God: firstly, she...

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Manual tasks bring their own special blessings – a photo report with grapes

Manual tasks bring their own special blessings; in contrast with the more intellectual ones, they make it easier to guard the mind, the nous, and to...

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How to overcome the mass-media manipulation and find the truth

The problem is not people being uneducated; the problem is that they are educated just enough to believe what they've been taught and not educated enough to question what they've been taught. That's why we need...

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The way that leads to humility

Abba Sisoes used to say that the way that leads to humility is...

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You should care for the main thing: death

You must not be greatly troubled about many things, but you should care for the main thing — preparing yourself for death because...

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Act like you believe

Do you believe that God provides for His creatures, and is able to do all things? Let suitable...

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The man in the picture is St. Christoper’s (3rd century) successor.

St Christopher was a man of great stature and unusual strength. According to tradition, St Christopher was very handsome, but wishing to avoid temptation for himself and others, he asked the Lord to give him an unattractive face, which was granted to him...

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The feast of the Holy Belt, the feast of Chastity and Obedience – Full Photo Report – Part 2: The Litany, Liturgy

There are many miracles which the Holy Belt has performed throughout history. For us, however, the most precious miracle which happens each year is that we are, after 15 (fifteen) hours of...

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The feast of the Holy Belt, the feast of Chastity and Obedience – Full Photo Report – Part 1: The Vigil

God is allmighty and He could leave us for consolation anything from His mother. However,...

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We know the great secret about the devil

The great secret about the devil is that he cannot do anything. He can only...

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Hell: equals with…

What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to...

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Fr. Seraphim Rose: 21st Century Schizoid Man

s “mutation,” the “new man”? He is the rootless man, discontinuous with a past that Nihilism has destroyed, the raw material of every demagogue’s dream;...

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Dangers associated with our stance against the Creation

The mind, the eye of the soul, is enlightened only by God’s grace. Although the things of this creation can cast a light upon the mind, this light is...

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How to recognize the stages of spiritual life

A characteristic of those who are still progressing in blessed mourning is temperance and silence of the lips; and of those who have made progress, freedom from...

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We need a change in our ontological status

It is not that we did something wrong and now owe a debt we cannot pay, or are punished with death - though such a metaphor can be used and has it’s usefulness. But we need more than...

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“It is better to give than to receive” said our Lord. Why? – Photo Report from the Cell of St. Joseph of Partoș (Timișoara)

"It is better to give than to receive" said our Lord, and rightfully so. This is because man is easily enslaved by material pleasures...

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Suffering cleanses

Suffering cleanses the soul infected with the filth of sensual pleasure and detaches it completely from material things by showing it the...

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The war of thoughts; the stages of sin

At the beginning, the thought is making just a simple appearance. If the mind throws it away then all the war is gone. However, most of the time the mind is...

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Saint Joseph of Timișoara: how to make him to help us – Photo Report from Liturgy

Pray to the saint whose name you bear, and he [or she] will help you. Turn to him in times of sorrow and sickness; in difficult circumstances and in moments of joy...

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The types of prayer according to apostle

The apostle notes four types of prayer. ‘My advice is that first of all supplication should be offered up for everyone, prayers, pleas, and thanksgiving’ (I Tim. 2:1)…

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Technology: How we reached here

God was the reason of true faith and good behavior and of the knowledge of technology among people. While people continually felt...

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The Dormition of Theotokos – Full Photo Report – Part 2: The Divine Liturgy

It was fitting that she, who had kept her virginity in childbirth, should keep her own body free from all corruption even after death. It was fitting that she...

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The Dormition of Theotokos – Full Photo Report – Part 1: The Vigil

Thus as art can also be the fountain of true light, the inexhaustible treasury of life itself, the most fruitful source of blessing, who has won for us and brought us all good things...

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How can Christians wage war

In the [Muslim] Saracen encampment they asked St. Cyril [Enlightener of the Slavs]: “How can Christians wage war and at the same time keep Christ’s commandment to pray to God for their enemies?’ To this, St. Cyril replied:...

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What is Hell?

Hell is a state of eternally being separated from God. Your very being is contingent upon God for existence, but you never cease to exist. Therefore, as you attempt to rip yourself from existence and fail for all eternity, it is the most profound suffering. It is...

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Deification: our purpose

And so he is truly dispassionate, and is recognized as dispassionate, who has made his flesh incorruptible, who has raised his mind above creatures and has subdued all his senses to it, and who keeps his soul in...

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How to become equal to the apostles

Wherefore, if you desire to become equal to the apostles, there is nothing to hinder you. For to have arrived at this virtue only suffices for your...

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Never confuse the person with the evil

Never confuse the person, formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him: because evil is...

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The severing of communion between us should be the last thing we do – Photo Report from Easter (Vespers)

The severing of communion between us should be the last thing we do, not the first. We must resort to this only...

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How to understand a cross (Photo Report with Mihai Neșu)

It is difficult to understand the cross of another if we have not experienced it ourselves. Still...

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There is one spirit on which you should keep a vigilant eye

There is one spirit on which you should keep a vigilant eye; he is the one who assails...

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Regard everyone else as an angel

Don't criticize or judge other people - regard everyone else as an angel, justify their mistakes and weaknesses, and condemn only yourself as the worst sinner. Also, be constantly...

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The spectacle of creation (one of the biggest Hortensia plants in the world)

It is significant how deeply attracted men are by the spectacle of an earthly king and how eagerly they seek after it; and how everyone who lives in a city where the king...

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Different sources of light

There are a lot of different sources of light in our life and we must find the right one which is from God. Clearly, this source is shown to us by...

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Why we are ignorant?

If the Lord has left us ignorant of the ordering of many things in this world, then it means...

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The refreshment of simplicity – Photo report from an ordinary day

It is simple to be "complex" according to your own vision about yourself. However, it is quite complex to be simple because usually we have a very big idea about ourselves...

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Why diligence and work is important – A Photo Report about Bees

The are many reasons why diligence and work are of benefit to us. For one, work gives us the opportunity to...

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How virtues are formed by prayer

Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit and raises man to Heaven. The highest form of prayer is...

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To be quiet

To be quiet is the fruit of a royal and noble upbringing. Those who’ve learned how to be quiet have...

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Keep the things simple – a Photo Report with Carrots

We are created as an image of God. Hence our fight is to fight against our fight against God. Our effort is not so much to build something but rather to...

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We do need competitors

The one who says that the righteous man should not have sorrows is like he is saying that...

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What does it mean to take up your cross?

What does it mean to take up your cross? It means the acceptance of every means of healing, bitter though it may be, that is offered. Do great catastrophes fall on you?...

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The feast of St. Panteleimon: the feast of mercy (part 2: Liturgy) – Photo Report

Every genuine confession humbles the soul. When it takes the form of thanksgiving, it...

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The feast of St. Panteleimon: the feast of mercy (part 1: Vigil) – Photo Report

If at some time you show mercy to someone, mercy will be shown to you. If you show compassion to one who is suffering (and of course, this is not a great deed) you will be numbered among the martyrs...

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The differences between saints

Abba Poimen said that Abba John said that the saints are like...

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How you can be peaceful and pacify the heart of another

So then, with the Grace of Christ, when you become accustomed to cutting off your own will repeatedly, this...

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How to deal with compunction

Both in creation and in compunction there is that which moves itself and that which is moved by something else. When the soul becomes tearful,...

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Do not exaggerate things. Christ is the truth. Exaggeration comes from devil.

There is great danger when a person's spiritual reputation is greater than his spiritual level...

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Keep yourself balanced

If you are overly happy when you receive good news, then you will be...

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The solution for our internal chaos – Photo Report from Liturgy

Because of the Fall of man, the natural order of things has become chaotic. In nature, there is an order for all things, but with man there is chaos...

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Litany of The Prophet Elijah – litany of zeal and love (Photo Report)

The Prophet Elijah (Ilias) is a beloved saint because of his great love for God, leading him to...

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We need patience

The Lord sends his enlightenment only to them whose hearts with all their strength endure and thirst for the truth. That's why...

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Why Stillness is necessary

Stillness helps us by making evil inoperative. If it also takes to itself these four virtues in prayer, it is the most direct support in attaining dispassion. The intellect cannot be still unless...

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God’s mercy is like an ocean – wrong thing to say

There is more mercy in God than there are sins in us. Confess your sins at once, whatever they may be...

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How can we explain the Creation

God is perfect and almighty. This means, among other things, that God isn't forced to create and/or to do any action which He does God is perfectly free. He transcends everything, including the necessity to create...

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Pray for any orthodox brother

Do not let pass any opportunity to pray for anyone, either at his request or at the request of his relatives, friends, of those who esteem him, or of his acquaintances. The Lord...

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The feast of Saints of Vatopaidi: the divine liturgy (part 2) – Photo Report

All those who are glorified in this world are lost with it. But those who are glorified by Christ are glorified through Him. The glory of the world is...

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The feast of Saints of Vatopaidi: the vigil (part 1) – Photo Report

The present day Monastery of Vatopaidi has produced a multitude of saints throughout its history of over a thousand years, most of them unknown to us. We know with certainty only a few that lived within its walls and precinct - almost 70 - whose...

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You cannot buy the Kingdom

Those who are self-controlled refrain from gluttony; those who have renounced possessions, from greed; the tranquil, from loquacity; the pure, from self-indulgence; the modest, from unchastity; the self-dependent, from...

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God is a fire

God is a fire that warms and kindles the heart and inward parts. Hence, if we feel in our hearts the cold which...

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Prayer in church: how to and effects

Prayer in church is important. The best thoughts and feelings come in church; and yes, the enemy also...

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How the Church acts upon us

The Church, through the church and Divine service, acts upon the entire man, educates him wholly; acts upon his...

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How the sin appears

Sin never appears as it really is, naked, abstract, because if it did, it wouldn’t deceive people’s minds so easily and make them give in. It always comes...

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The feast of Saint Paisios held by his disciples (Photo Report)

We must not ask God for charismatic gifts but for repentance. The one who seek repentance will find...

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The champion and the Mother of God (photo report)

"Please do not remember my sins" was the prayer that Ilias Iliadis said during Olympic Games held in London in 2012. "Mother of God, please do not remember my sins, and help me to gain an Olympic medal; and if you help me, I promise that I will give to you"...

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A certain man in Constantinople was unusually merciful (Photo Report)

A certain man in Constantinople was unusually merciful. Walking along the streets of the city, he would...

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The Great Schema

The άνάλαβος (Analab[v]os), which is the distinctive garment of a monk or a nun tonsured into the highest grade of Orthodox monasticism, the Great Schema, is adorned with...

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The prayer is breath

The prayer is breath. When a person breathes, he is alive, and he attends to...

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The Novice

If you love true knowledge, devote yourself to the ascetic life; for mere theoretical knowledge puffs a man up. Unexpected trials are...

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Prayer is grace

Prayer is grace. God gives it when there is zeal and humility. It depends...

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Do not despair, not be confident in yourself

It is God, Who is merciful and grants everyone what he needs, Who is blessing him when...

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The key to win your life contest

He who wants to cross the spiritual sea is long-suffering, humble, vigilant and...

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Which is the aim of God

The aim of God is to make man like Him. God's purpose is to...

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”We have wives and are beset with social cares…”

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:...

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Don’t worry too much about how spiritually poor you are

Don't worry too much about how spiritually poor you are- God sees that, but for you it is expected to...

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What are the differences between divine energies

Divine Providence is one thing, Divine help is another, Divine protection is another, Divine mercy is another, and Divine consolation is another. Providence is...

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Nobody can separate us from the love of Christ (Photo Report)

A soul attached to the shepherd (his abbot or elder) with love and faith for Christ's sake will not leave him even if...

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Why is the truth revealed only to some?

Why is the truth, it would seem, revealed to some and not to others? Is there a special organ for receiving revelation from God?...

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The base of the active life

The Fathers state that the active life consists in two virtues of the most general kind...

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How to correctly remove all doubt…

Many times it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. That's why the humble ones...

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Be brave and don’t lie to yourself

Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to the point where...

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Why we use incense?

Numbers 16:46-50: “And Moses said to Aaron, Take your censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and lay...

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God will have the last word

What I see around me would...

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The most powerful prayer

The Holy Fathers say that the most powerful prayer is "pure" prayer, that is...

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The Eye

The mind is the eye of the soul. So keep an eye on your mind to be...

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What is true humility

A disciple once asked an elder: - Elder, is true humility to see yourself worse than everyone else?...

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Why we must take care with children

The name you scratch on the bark of a tree will...

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The main purpose of the Divine Liturgy

The main purpose of the Divine Liturgy is...

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How to become a real winner

Once, a disciple replied to an Elder: ”Please forgive me but I cannot do it!”...

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What is pleased in front of God

Nothig is so pleased in front of God like a life which brings...

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The relationship between father and son

The relationship between father and son is the closest image that we have relative to...

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Avoid negative thoughts at any cost

We should never, even under the worst circumstances, allow a negative thought to penetrate our soul...

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You should continually call to mind all of God’s blessings

You should continually and unceasingly call to mind all the blessings which God in His love has bestowed on you in the past, and still...

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The benefits of simplicity

Simplicity is a constant habit of soul that has become immune to...

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Blessed are the humble ones

Blessed are the humble ones because they have the true light and ceaselessly give it to the others within a burning joy. They feel united with...

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With His own mouth He warned us

We’re deceiving ourselves if we believe, for example, that the venial sin of idle talk isn’t displeasing to God...

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Do not underestimate the power of lesser sins

A sin can be considered lesser when we compare it to a mortal one. But it’s not to be taken lightly when we see it in...

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A lamp, before it receives a flame and is lit, is completely in darkness

God is fire and is called this by all inspired scripture, while the soul of each of us is a lamp...

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He served others with remarkable love and self-denial

In the 20th century, the Russian Church underwent its own harsh martyrdom. For seven decades an untold number of martyrs and confessors gave their blood...

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It wants to remind us

If you ever find yourself on the Holy Mountain or in other old churches, you will notice that...

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But there are those who say…

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Examine yourselves

What does it mean that we have first to examine ourselves?...

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Unless they’re hungry

If they take Holy Communion while they’re still in love with their sins, it doesn’t...

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Some people

Some people take the Body of the Lord without the fear of God...

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His main characteristics

The main characteristics of Elder Porphyrios’s character throughout his life were...

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Membership of the Church

Elder Porphyrios used to say, like all the saints, that Christ should be in the Church. This means that...

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He is our friend

Well, that is indeed how we should view Christ. He is our friend...

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The Great Medicine

When you don’t live with Christ, you live in...

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They give depth

Compunction is born of watchfulness and watchfulness is increased by compunction. The one...

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The protection of heaven

There’s a worse inundation than water: if you're inundated by the passions. When...

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God doesn’t always give us what we want

When God doesn't give us something we keep asking for, He has His reasons. God also has His...

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The parents are often to blame

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Become like Him

Those who put on Christ take the strength from Him to...

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They’ll use our cannon-balls

With people who’ve got personal issues with each other, we give our opinion in the presence of both of them, so that...

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Terrible cruelty

People who reject repentance are showing terrible cruelty towards themselves...

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It blights everything good

Misguided zeal is the turbulence of a malicious soul and reveals itself as...

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It doesn’t poison it

Some people erroneously think that the memento mori, the remembrance of death, poisons life. It doesn't. Quite the opposite. It teaches us to...

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Be patient when someone’s upset.

Let’s suppose that you can’t be merciful through your speech. What you can do, however, if somebody gets angry with you, is to...

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That’s what teachers do

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Why is this?

Virtue is a really good, really beautiful thing. Virtuous people are at peace with themselves, pleasing to God and accepted by others. Even without wishing to, virtuous people...

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Where does responsibility lie for people’s spiritual state?

A large part of the responsibility for people’s spiritual state lies with the family. If we want to...

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Incredibly short

Life on earth is very short, unimaginably so. But much has been...

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The heart of the Christian Faith

Holy Week is the heart of the Christian Orthodox Faith and the centre of the yearly cycle of Christian Feasts. Every year our churches are...

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Behold the Bridegroom comes at midnight

The Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Great Week are marked by the service of the NYMPHIOS (the Bridegroom Service). The morning service of each day takes...

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A calibrated eye

The heart is the eye of human existence. The clearer it is, the quicker, farther and more...

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Our breath

>We often forget that we're merely visitors passing through this life and should therefore live in ceaseless prayer, because prayer is the...

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Pleasant and summery weather

Warm and balmy weather is followed by thunderstorms and rain. A soul which finds relief from...

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Vigilance, patience and boldness

Strive to remain unflinchingly in a state of spiritual vigilance, patience and boldness, because...

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They’ve got no room

Let's not expect spiritual understanding from people who don't believe in God. Let's pray that...

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It can’t be done without Christ

Without Christ, it’s impossible to set ourselves straight and to free ourselves from the passions. We can’t become...

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The holy New Martyrs

I think it is only right to stress that the holy New Martyrs were the outstanding resistance fighters during the...

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Never lose heart

When you’re wounded because you’ve fallen into some sin or other through your weakness or, sometimes, to your harm, through your own will, don’t lose heart, don’t be upset about it, but...

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The behavior of children

Children’s behavior is directly linked to the state of the parents. When children are hurt by the way the parents behave towards each other they...

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Just like Him

If Christ is within you through frequent Holy Communion, then you must become like Him. You must be...

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Awareness

As the image of God, people should be self-aware, free and in control of themselves, because if awareness...

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Don’t interfere

In everything we do, we need to be careful what we say and how we say it...

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It contaminates us

When we’re grouchy, the whole atmosphere around us is...

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You harvest thorns

If you sow uncultivated land, you’ll just waste your seeds, and, instead of wheat, you’ll harvest thorns. We, too...

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The path of life

The path of life is all pain and tears, all thorns and nails. Crosses spring up...

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To die a perfect death

Unless you sacrifice your self for the sake of the slightest virtue or shed blood in order to receive the Spirit, you’ll never achieve virtue. This is how...

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See everything with good thoughts

When people see everything with good thoughts, they’re cleansed and given Grace by God. With bad thoughts...

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The same as doctors do

When your brothers fall into sin, you shouldn’t ignore them or look down on them. Instead, you should...

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It’s not their fault

Don’t make a display of your passion. Don’t hurt other people by...

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Beneficial advice

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The purifying prayer

Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me, sinner that I am...

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A savior on a daily basis

Sin wears away at people every day, so they need a savior on a daily basis....

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Always remember

You have to know and always remember that you’re a fallen person....

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Holy humility

People who are humble are cognizant of their inner state and however...

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A joyful wedding service

Those who clothe themselves with patience will see victory and the glory of God...

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You have the altar with you

If we’re watchful, the Grace of the Holy Spirit makes us temples of God, with the result that, everywhere, everything’s to hand for us...

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Freedom obliges

Formal recognition of our moral freedom by the Saviour teaches us that our salvation depends not only on the action of the Grace of God...

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The mountains of passions

Grace is the sun. ...

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Coincidental Wrong

You should feel even more sorry for them because their souls have been distorted...

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You’ll get nowhere

hey’ll welcome your advice, because they’ll feel that it’s been given with love....

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Our joy’s guarantor

the Son of the living God...

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It’s concealed there

God’s mercy brings those who have patience to repentance ...

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Symbols of gladness

Where there is joy, the sorrow of tears takes flight, the heavy gloom of mourning departs, sadness is no more....

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Real stars

Because they’re humble, people with a rich inner life are real stars....

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Jealousy

One of the signs of egotism is the presence of some feeling of jealousy within us....

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When God is obliged

God’s obliged to send His consolation to cool their souls....

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The great enemy

Condemnation is the great enemy of love...

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The true path

Punishment of sinners occurs for important and creative educational reasons...

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See the difference

When there’s peace and joy in your heart, then the spirit of good...

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When does God grant it?

Don’t let the devil fool you into thinking that God’s love ...

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It’s not unbeatable

It becomes invincible from the moment the soul begins to study carefully and persistently how to satisfy its passion...

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Earthly things

People are never satisfied with what they’ve got...

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The Stranger

Hospitality’s the greatest of the virtues...

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It changes people

An ascetic effort that is carried out in accordance with the law makes people merciful, restrained, modest...

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Let’s keep it to ourselves

If ever you want to spread the word about something, get hold of someone who’s a gossip, supposedly to tell them a secret and ask that the secret should remain strictly between the two of you...

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It was smoke

Even at the hour of their death, if you see someone sinning, don’t criticize them...

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It’s not easy to uproot

Let’s not expect that the vain world will easily be uprooted from within us as long as we’re content to remain within the vain world...

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Ιf you only knew

Ah, if only you knew what a triumph and what a blessing it is to love your enemies and to be a benefactor for them...

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Ultimate injustice

Hypocrisy is the fruit of envy...

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They give proper directions

People who give everything to God and give themselves entirely to Him are housed under God’s great cupola and are protected by His divine providence...

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The harsh yoke

The body and soul can’t be liberated from the yoke of the passions...

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They won’t find it difficult at all

The commandment we have is to take up our cross and follow Him, ready and willing to die...

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Common medicine

Prayer is an aid in our lives: talking to God, forgetting earthly matters, ascending to heaven...

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Constantly defeated

Those who fear death and love...

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No open windows

Let’s not give the devil any justification....

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Iron hearts

If it hurt its leg, they felt sorry for the poor beast and tried to make it better...

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Hang on

Father, how can I be saved?...

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The soul is like a tank of water

Our soul’s like a tank full of water...

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Away from the old and unredeemed

When marriage becomes a ‘sacrament’ it removes the couple and their physical marriage away from the old world...

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Humility solves many issues

All the bad sentiments, insecurity, despair, frustration that attempt to take over the soul, flee away if you’re humble....

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Marriage as death and resurrection

But it’s obvious that for a marriage to be manifestation and a revelation of the marriage between Christ and the Church, the couple must continually overcome the sinful ...

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Sorrows and trials

People are saved through sorrows...

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Good intention

When God sees good intent on our part, He’ll help us. And He’ll make this small intent so great...

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The nature praises God

The mountains, the hills, the trees, the sea and the fish all praise God. But...

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The best advocate

Alms-giving is the queen of the virtues...

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It redeems and looses bonds

Hope rises like the rosy dawn in the moral firmament and illumines those darkened by the grime of the sorrowful soul...

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A bad name

Blessed and thrice-blessed are those who are held to be bronze in the eyes of other people...

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Ιt forgets where it lives

It not only forgets where it lives, it even forgets the dwelling place of the soul...

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Our ignominy

Egotism is an absurd passion which is literally a scourge of humankind....

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When the mind strays

When the mind strays to idle matters...

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Until pride departs

When humility comes, with the sorrow of trials, God then brings joy back to everything...

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From the Post-Modern Persona to the Person

This mask is not something real, it’s artificial, it’s a virtual reality, to use modern IT terminology...

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In a few and in many

Because if you’re faithless in a few things, you’ll be faithless and vain in many...

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Beginning and end

The beginning, the end, the source and the quintessence of all of them is the Gospel...

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Round the crazy wheel

When people distance themselves from God, it’s only natural that they won’t find rest anywhere...

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Love of a mother

She still loves all of them...

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Magnificent and unknown providence

. Don’t think that God’s done something wrong and then corrected it: God doesn’t make mistakes...

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Where we should seek joy and happiness

People look for the eternal, far from everyone and everything...

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Imitators of God

Let those who are maligned or are suffering terribly, put up with the curses with meekness and restrain their anger...

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They’re all over the place

Sometimes others occur, which give rise to empty daydreams...

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Where’s your love?

If you’re not holy in your heart, become pure in body...

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Without help

Our faith in Him is weak, it’s at the first stage, like a child learning how to walk...

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The holy person

The holy person is not someone who manages to have perfect ethics or external behaviour, but he who keeps the word of Christ...

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God cannot be forced by anyone

God cannot be forced by anyone; neither does He impose His will on His creatures endowed with reasoning. ...

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Don’t play at it

Your eternal life or eternal death depends on you...

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Good training

It’s founded on love for your neighbor. ..

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He opens our eyes

God often hides from us the good things we’ve acquired...

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The steady drip of humility

If we want to see the glory of God, let us love humility, because....

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Remain a sheep

Don’t hold a grievance against anybody, even if they’re wicked, because otherwise your prayer won’t be heard by God...

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Like satellites

hey’re like the satellites up in the air and give the impression that they’re stars....

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Freedom wouldn’t be real if consequences were not real

God forgives us our sin, yet we still experience many of the consequences of our sins. This is an aspect of human freedom...

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Is much like healing a wound

Forgiving, again, and again, and again. Forgive me if I carry on with this topic forgiveness, even if I get repetitive...

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A burning furnace

When the heart becomes a furnace of love for God, then it can burn off vanity when it comes close to it...

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Living and dead

The body lives while it cohabits with the soul, but the soul lives when God inhabits it....

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There’s a big gap

Our minds should be in heaven; we should be hastening to get to our real home...

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Those who are compassionate

Those who are compassionate always put up with the misconduct of others with patience and gentleness ...

5

The unique gift of the Holy Spirit

In this divine-human communion, man is enriched and in this he has his point of reference, which guides him and keeps him unabated on the path of truth...

5

The letter of the Law can be quite deadly

Someone who is truly in a spiritual state must possess and exemplify spiritual discernment...

6

The heart of man is the centre of his personhood

6

The way of the Church is love

Let’s not stone our fellow-man in a so-called “Christian manner.” The person who...

7

A handful of sand

Can you measure God’s mercy?

7

The way that you throw them can smash heads

You may be tossing golden crowns studded with diamonds to other people, but...

5

Every time

We are feeling joy because we are experiencing the Lord’s abundant love towards man...

6

Getting nowhere

Only one prayer is pleasing to Him...

5

Who has a need for Christmas?

We all have so much to give—but we forget that it is not actually ours...

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Man acquires the ‘mind of Christ’

Man acquires the ‘mind of Christ’, which means that he knows the plan of God that He has for every soul...

6

Joy rather than sorrow

Struggle to live in such a way that at the hour of death you’ll have more joy than sorrow...

5

Faith needs no skills

Faith needs obedience, not a variety of skills...

6

Absent for good reason

Lord, I heard Your celebrant today praying for our brothers and sisters ‘who are absent for good reason...

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The only unerring star

You should know that the only unerring star that leads you to practice the holy virtues is...

5

What is the Soul?

The soul, therefore, is a living essence, uncomplicated, incorporeal, invisible – in its proper nature ...

6

Timid people

If you struggle to overcome these two evils, it will be obvious that you believe wholeheartedly in God and that you’re ready to accept anything...

4

The more you practice

The more you practice doing good, the more you also acquire the fear of God...

6

No blackmail

We should just ask for strength and support from Him...

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Anoint your head and wash your face

But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret...

4

A Christian’s light can’t be hidden

Don’t tell me it’s impossible to move other people...

6

Stewards of the goods

Almsgiving is a well-intentioned act. It’s an internal voice coming from a pure heart which loves its neighbor...

6

Mean spirits

The people who ‘trouble’ God are those who doubt, hesitate, or, even worse, put up resistance to His power and His wisdom...

5

Name day celebration

When you celebrate your name day, do so with the aim of obtaining mercy from God through the intercessions of your Saint...

6

Loosing the bonds of passions

What is sought is liberation from the passions...

6

Love, affection & discretion

This is why we should have love and affection, combined with great discretion...

5

Warm & cold

People should be warm towards God and all things divine, but...

7

Confession

Confession is the voluntary and sincere disclosure of the sins that have been committed ...

11

Gently, without pressure

Wherever you are, on a stool, a chair, in a car, anywhere, on the road, at school, in the office, at work, you can say the prayer

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With your whole heart

When you pray for yourself or for somebody else do so with your whole heart...

9

A gift from God

People who recognize that whatever they have is a gift from God...

7

The true and pure joy

When, men shame the true and pure joy that emanates from God, then all the natural sources of joy on the earth dry up, and no longer have the power to comfort them, because they are not overshadowed by the life-giving grace of God...

9

God is the core of our existence

People are the means through which God reveals His mystery to the world...

7

Fear of God is serene

The fear of God is serene, because...

8

We follow Christ in order to understand the truth

Our life’s full of negative things...

7

Cause of death

The Lord placed man in a paradise of delight and gave him one commandment...

5

The mystery of man’s heart

The heart is the true ‘temple’ of man’s meeting with the Lord...

10

Live each day as if it were the Second Coming

It holds the key to living our lives the Orthodox way...

8

Golden crowns

Best not to say even ‘God will deal with them’, because that’s a curse in itself...

13

How the true faith has come down to us

The soul of all peoples always felt that God exists, even though they didn’t know enough to worship the true God....

9

The Image of Those Who Hope in God

People who hope in God are truly blessed...

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Byzantine Mysticism

The uniqueness of the mystical experience is also expressed by the oxymora which embrace the Christian experience dialectically...

9

Divine Revelation

n particular, the religions which affect more than half the population of the earth (Christianity and Islam), as well as Judaism which preceded them, are religions which depend on divine revelation...

11

The radiant example

Those who, with powerful and correct thinking have been able to study and understand each of the created things and having done so...

12

Who is the Inner Person?

Who is this outer person? That’s the one who’s well-known to people, who consists of flesh and blood, of a nervous system and bones...

13

On the danger of spiritual routine

There are some people who are orphans from the time they’re born...

8

After prayer

But after prayer, you have to guard your heart carefully...

9

A voluntary sorrow

It’s a powerful medicine for those who are down on their luck and is administered by a soul which suffers with them...

14

The Church exists to save souls. To make saints.

If you take saints out of its life, its theology and its worship, it ceases to be the Church...

17

Love, misunderstood

Since love that’s cultivated in the desolate wilderness has nothing of the world in it, it can’t fit into the world...

18

The great virtue

In truth, the great virtue is to feel sorry for those who are evil and to benefit sinners more than the righteous...

16

Humility solves many issues

All the bad sentiments, insecurity, despair, frustration that attempt to take over the soul, flee away if ...

14

You can’t put out a fire with fire

Meekness and patience have greater power than anger and stubbornness...

14

While the light of day still shines

Make haste, then, sinner, to receive forgiveness while the light of day still shines upon you....

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Do not reprimand

Love doesn’t become angry and doesn’t excoriate anyone...

14

Faith and works

Real faith can’t exist without works...

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Be very careful and strict regarding any feeling of pride

Be very careful and strict regarding any feeling of pride...

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Against traps and temptations

There are two most powerful weapons with which we overcome all the traps and temptations of the devil....

9

The secret is to seek union with Christ unselfishly

The secret is to seek union with Christ unselfishly, without saying...

14

Do not give your heart to the world

Give your heart entirely to God, not to the world...

13

Sweet Paradise and trials

For people to go to sweet Paradise, they have to eat a lot of things bitter here below...

9

Christian Morals

The whole of the fullness of the divine revelation is to be found forever in the Church, which is the Body of our Lord, and so the divine will is always known to those who seek it...

14

The mercies granted by God

The most striking proof that the devil’s at work in the world is the fact that people hardly recognize, if at all, the mercies granted to them by God...

10

Souls that love God

Souls that love God and the truth don’t suffer even the slightest reduction in their passionate love for the Lord...

14

Humility, like a garment

ride arises from a lack of self-awareness and results ...

18

In order to defeat the spirit of ingratitude and blasphemy we say:…

In order to defeat the spirit of ingratitude and blasphemy we say: “Get behind me, Satan. I worship my Lord and God and I serve Him alone. I accept all pain and sorrows gratefully, because...

12

A spiritual tactic, a singularly efficacious tactic

To every temptation, to everything that distracted me from the one thing necessary, I should answer only...

14

When we choose Christ we are carried beyond time and space, beyond the reach of what is termed ‘tragedy’

We may say that even today mankind as a whole has not grown up to Christianity and...

12

On the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

The divine power of the Cross is elevated; let the hosts of demons be put to flight...

10

The harder the struggle, the greater the victory

In the heavenly market-place, there aren’t any cheap wares. The moments of pain and sacrifice are moments of blessing...

14

For the departed

We have to pray for ...

7

Eternal riches, cost free

Uncharitable people are unhappy because...

13

People can be working with their hands, but have their heart and minds lifted up to God

People can pray without ceasing provided they’re always standing before God in heart and mind...

12

Legitimate Exercise

Whatever movement you make, starting with its conception and following through to the implementation, you have to examine...

10

Crowned humbleness

If somebody accuses you of committing a sin that you didn’t do...

13

The economic and moral crisis that has arisen in most nations and states is linked to obvious root causes which have a name and particular forms

The economic and moral crisis that has arisen in most nations and states is linked to ...

13

The span of a raven

Just think what a terrible tragedy it would be if our Maker and Creator couldn’t offer us...

13

All virtues in one

When, as a Christian, you acquire love, you’ve got all the virtues.

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Away from the old and unredeemed

When marriage becomes a ‘sacrament’ it removes the couple and their physical marriage away...

14

Jealousy

We must avoid this feeling as if it were black death itself...

9

Freedom obliges

Our moral us to take steps towards our salvation, because otherwise we’ll be lost...

11

The nature praises God

The mountains, the hills, the trees, the sea and the fish all praise God...

8

Restraint in all things

No fasting from food is of any benefit to those who...

8

The way to peace

The way to acquire peace is as follows: forget entirely your fall and...

10

Cut off your will

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A Transition to Life

“How the source of life goes towards life, passing through death”, says Saint John the Damascan. The death of the life-giving Mother of the Lord transcends...

11

A small miracle: Saint Luke of Simferopol and Crimea (Photo Report)

I asked one of the fathers if I could shoot some photos of some icons which was gilding in their workshop. The father replied "come if you want, as we are working on one huge icon: St. Luke of Crimea." "Ok" I said and I immediately...

11

The way to be

The Holy Spirit, as the third Person of the Holy Trinity, is fully God. Despite this, He did not make His appearance in the world on His own; He was...

11

The light of humility

As with the appearance of light, darkness retreats; so, at the fragrance of humility...

10

Crime and Punishment

Pain and suffering are always inevitable for...

8

The true aim of our life

The true aim of our Christian life consists in the acquisition of...

10

The Holy Monastery of Pantokrator

The Holy Monastery of Pantocrator stands on the north-eastern side of the Athos peninsula, by the sea. Nearby is the site of the ancient city of Thyssus. Although age-long oral tradition maintains that...

9

How to lead the world

It is very easy to lead the world. First, one needs to...

10

Smoke and mirrors

We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors. We don't know what to do...

10

“What are you doing here, Elijah?”

An the word of Lord came to Elijah: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied...

9

In fact, the whole earth is a living icon of the face of God.

Possibly a contentious unbeliever will maintain that we...

12

Why we are joyful always (Photo Report from Easter)

Christians, always rejoice, for evil, death, sin, the devil and hell have been...

16

The Return: Imitating the dog

The elders tell us that the spiritual man should take a lesson from the dog. When it is chased out...

8

Skete of Saint Demetrios: a view of a typical monastic settlement on Mount Athos

It is hidden away in a dense forest, in a peaceful area conducive to prayer and spiritual development. A person must live like an exile from this world in order to...

17

To see or not to see your sins, that is the question…

If the man doesn't cope with his own sins, devil will....

15

How to find a good spouse?

First of all, pray about it. Our Lord and His holy Mother are the primary source of aid for such matters. Then ask yourself...

15

The Sunday of Orthodoxy: about Heresy, Heretics and Ecumenism

We hate heresy because heresies misguide souls away from God and towards hell; this is the chief reason behind the anathema on...

18

A sad man is a man with the lights turned off.

A sad man is a man with the lights turned off. So...

20

What we Need to Wash the Dishes

Washing dishes is a lowly task, both in the world and in the monastery. It may be seen either as a chore to be done (or even avoided, if possible) or as one more opportunity for spiritual progress. In order for such tasks to be...

15

You have NO rights

The higher level man reaches in spiritual life, the...

13

The Holy Monastery of Hilandar

Hilandar Monastery is a Serbian Orthodox monastery on Mount Athos in Greece. It was founded in 1198 by the first...

16

Why we perform the virtues?

The self-controlled refrain from gluttony; those who have renounced possessions, from greed; the tranquil, from loquacity; the pure...

15

Elder, why are you happy all day long?

A disciple asked an elder, “Elder, why are you happy all day long?” The elder replied...

20

World War III: why and when?

A pilgrim asked a monk, “When will the Third World War happen, and why?” The monk replied...

24

How to became a ruler of this world

The Creator and Ruler of the world called Himself meek and humble of heart. Therefore, to be a true Ruler of this world...

14

Humility will end any war

Humility will end any war. This is because humility is a necessary precondition to...

12

St. Paisios: How to learn the mysteries of God

Whoever thinks that he can come to know the mysteries of God through external scientific theory, resembles the fool who wants to see Paradise with a telescope. Those who...

12

The Holy Monastery of Grigoriou

The monastery was founded by St. Gregory of Mount Athos (Younger) in the fourteenth century when he came to Mount Athos to pursue asceticism. By the end of the 15h century,...

12

Learn to know and deal with your masters

For the whole array of passions, wrath and fear, cowardice and impudence, depression as well as pleasure, hatred, strife and merciless cruelty, envy as well as flattery, brutality together with brooding over injuries, they are all so many despotic masters...

12

How to control and know yourself

He who has become aware of his sins has controlled his tongue, but...

12

Keep a careful eye on their motives

I have watched farmers sowing the same type of seed, and yet each one had different ideas of what he was doing. One was planning to...

11

Liturgy of St James – Full Photo Report and Text

The Full Photo Report of St. James' Liturgy. Enter and see 41 photos depicting it...

12

The mother of all the passions and sins and its therapy

Pride is the mother of all the passions and sins. If humility is characterised as...

9

From Adam until Christ: 5508 years?

A disciple once asked an elder, “From the time of Adam until Christ have there been exactly 5508 years?” In reply the elder said...

9

The Skete of Saint Andrew (Sarai)

The Skete of Saint Andrew, also the Skete of Apostle Andrew and Great Anthony in Karyes is a monastic institution on Mount Athos. It is a...

12

Rule #1 of programming

If a program works perfectly, the pleasure goes to users. If something is wrong...

9

Enjoy the Silence

Many times I regretted that I spoke; I have...

14

For Whom the Bell Tolls

The purpose of our life on earth is not to attain worldly achievements, but rather to attain the eternal crowns of...

11

Paramythia – A miracle-working icon of Mother of God and its feast

The Mother of God can “save” us through her intercession. At Vatopaidi Monastery there is a miracle-working icon of the Virgin Mary called Paramythia, the “Comforter”. This icon...

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In the Name of the Father

He who gives life to a son is called father. Since the...

14

The Prodigal Son

...But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with...

13

The Monastery of Agios Pavlos (St Paul)

The monastery was founded shortly before 980 and was called St Paul’s or Xeropotamou. The founder seems to have been the prominent monk Paul, who also founded the Monastery of...

16

The Seraphim

The first group of angels consists of those who are in God's presence and are said to be directly...

10

You are NOT alone

Each one of us has a saint who protects him with great care, even if we...

9

How to Make Major Decisions

Making a major life decision should be done with...

13

How to quickly find your peace

You will not labor many years, son, in search of blessed inner peace, if in the beginning you...

10

Combating existential diseases

Analyses of the person are essential, because within this framework we can solve the social problems as well. A society cannot exist without man. Man is making our society and all the social institutions ill. A person who is ill...

8

Avoid pride: it will stink your virtues

People who work for Christ, but with pride, stink out their virtues with their pride. It’s like if you’re...

11

The Holy Monastery of Dionysiou

The Holy Monastery of Dionysiou, or 'Nea Petra', stands on a narrow and precipitous rock at a height of...

6

The humble programmer

The competent programmer is fully aware of the strictly limited size of his own skull; therefore he...

12

The meaning of pain

If you want to go to sweet Paradise, you have to eat a lot of bitter things here, so...

13

Where we are

The sickness of human nature is the failure to reach personal perfection. The diagnosis concerns...

12

What can we learn from an old clock

Don’t wind the clock too tightly or the spring may break. This is the way it is with...

10

An advice for the young

The young are in need of...

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The Detachment to Perfection

Those who have come to love the Lord are at first unceasingly and greatly disturbed by...

9

Give everything to God. It is your source of joy

For those who give everything to God, God will...

8

The mystery of holy unction

The mystery of holy unction provides...

15

How to escape fear

With God, fear nothing, but cast all of your care upon Him, and He will...

12

How do we choose a spiritual father?

A good spiritual father is not one who simply forgives sins in confession. All spiritual fathers absolve sins by virtue of their ordination. A good spiritual father is one who...

13

How to live a good life

To judge sins is the business of one who is sinless; who is sinless except God? It is not right to...

9

Where the spiritual progress is found

A person who strives for a long time but doesn’t see spiritual progress has pride and egotism. Spiritual progress is found where there is...

9

Why do we believe in Christ?

Why do we believe in Christ? The easy answer would be to say that...

9

Raising the young ones

The relationship between children and freedom. What we must know?

9

How to become the first one

Anyone who wants to be first must...

9

Why are children so happy?

Why are children so happy? It is because children...

9

Divine Providence

It is a definite truth that Divine Providence arranges...

9

How to treat the spiritual illness

We are taught to bear the spiritual infirmities of our brothers...

11

What is the difference between Christianity and philosophy?

Christianity is not a philosophy in the sense that prevails today.The difference is...

7

The Archangel

The purity of angels comes from their obedience to God. Like any other rational being, they had...

11

The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one

“The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one”...

7

Separation

My child, people separate because of their...

7

„Freedom”: How do YOU understand it?

Some people understand the word freedom as the ability to...

12

The trick to keep your wealth

If you begin to guard wealth it will not be yours. Rather, if you...

11

How to get God’s help

Absolutely nothing will help us if we are not lenient toward the weaknesses of men and forgive them. For how can we...

15

How to overcome the war against yourself

When someone wages war against you, take example of Crist's crucifixion. Don't fight fire with fire. It makes you look ridiculous. Instead make...

7

The Light of Communion

Theophany is the Feast which reveals the Most Holy Trinity to the world through the...

5

The Holy Monastery of Kostamonitou (or Kastamonitou)

The monastery was founded in the first half of the 11th century by a man from Kastamoni in Anatolia, from whom it takes its name. A more recent benefactor was the Christian wife of Ali Pasha,...

5

St Isaac: How to behave at Christmas

Please read on: This poem has more than 1300 years...

9

What is the spiritual meaning of Christ’s cave to us?

It is amazing that the entrance of the uncreated, eternal God occurred within time and in His created world, in complete...

8

How do we prepare for a big feast?

Everyone thinks that a big feast as an occasion of joy and to catch up with loved ones. However, in order to...

7

How to avoid the wandering of the mind

First of all you cannot stop the wandering of the mind. But you can fight to...

10

You are not wiser than God

If God is slow in answering your request, or if you ask but do not promptly receive anything...

5

How to fit the pieces

Today many of us wonder, "How do we fit so many people in an organization?". Orthodoxy solved this problem more than 2000 years ago...

5

Parody and mockery of fasting

Fasting isn’t only a change of food. There has to be a change in quality, certainly, but also in quantity. The saints of our Church say...

6

How to gain peace

One who does not fight and defeat the passions and...

5

How to win the war of the stomach

We must eat to live and not live to eat. We must control the stomach and not the stomach control us. The secret is to...

7

How to get an impression of God

If a person wants to understand a certain place in nature, he must either...

6

The Next One to Pass Away

Elder Ermolaos of Vatopaidi looking at the koliva (the traditional food made in remembrance of the departed or of saints). The photo...

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The symbolism of Koliva

The Koliva's symbolism finds its highest expression in the Saints, whose...

9

Remember thy last end

It is impossible, someone says, impossible to spend the present day devoutly unless we regard it as the last of our whole life; and it is truly astonishing how even the pagans...

10

Gate to Eternity

One of the most impressive services is that of the funeral. Everyone gathers around the body and...

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A smile from eternity

One of the most beloved contemporary Elders of the Holy Mountain, Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi fell asleep in the Lord on his birthday, July 1st 2009, the feast of the Holy Unmercanaries. At his death, a miracle occurred shortly after his demise which...

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Farewell before the journey

A priest-monk reads the prayers of the Office of Holy Unction several days before the departure of Elder Ermolaos. Along with all the brotherhood, he’s preparing for...

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The proof that you did something properly

Before any great undertaking there's a wondrous cross. Don't distress yourself, though, because the...

7

The Experience of the Elders

Monastic tradition and the experience of the elders are revered on the Holy Mountain and serve to...

10

The critical significance of death

The critical significance of death isn’t that it’s the end of life. Our immortal soul continues to exist after death. The concomitant of death lies in the fact that...

4

The Joy of the Resurrection

The monks experience spiritual states of joy which are impossible to describe. You can only...

8

By nature we are, by and large, visual beings

By nature we are, by and large, visual beings. The vast majority of information which we...

6

Teaching the younger ones

If from the beginning you instill a good christian teaching in your children, then...

6

The eternal end

The monk praying in the sunset is a silent lucidity in a busy world, a light of hope in the labyrinth of logic...

10

The joy of sacrifice

For more than 30 years now, Elder Germanos has been a “mularas” – the one who takes care and leads the mules through the mountains...

8

The sight of a courteous person

The sight of a courteous person is inspiring because...

10

Creation is God’s natural revelation to humankind

Creation is God’s natural revelation to humankind. The value of the natural creation is revealed by the fact that...

8

The Education of the Young

Those who disregard education are brought to poverty and shame, but those who heed correction are...

9

The Relationship between Material and Spiritual

If we can put up with the lack of the material objects and our hearts aren’t enslaved to them, then...

6

The paths of the spiritual light

The light of the monks are the angels. The light of lay people are the monastics. In the same manner in which...

8

Why we need to suffer undeserved blame

According to the degree to which you suffer undeserved blame from others in the name of Christ's truth, you will be...

15

The lives and praises of the saints

The lives and praises of the saints are like the stars in brilliance. Because of their number, we do not know the names of all the saints; still, they amaze us by...

6

Humble people will always express the truth

Regardless of the place or time, humble people will always express the truth. They know that everyone who fights against the truth is...

7

Knowing the truth

It is impossible to know truth without God allowing us to experience...

6

The proof that someone has a gift

The proof that someone has a gift and uses it in accordance with God's will is that they...

8

How to regard people

You have to regard people with the utmost respect, but also with the deepest...

8

How Lord loves

The Lord loves everyone, but He particularly loves those who seek Him. To his chosen ones the Lord gives such great...

5

How to lift up our hearts to the Lord

Let us lift up our hearts to the Lord. This can be achieved if...

7

What is prayer and what is its effect

By reason of its nature, prayer is the colloquy and union between us and God. By reason of its effect, it...

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The effect of the Adam’s fall

When we’re freed from sin, we can approach God, and, filled with His grace, we sense...

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The Tradition effect

If you light a lamp from one that’s already burning, then another from that one, and so on...

7

The festal outdoor processions

The festal outdoor processions are well known for their joyful and social nature while embracing all the members of a local church community. The importance of a procession consists in...

6

The entrance in monastic life

One's spiritual transformation begins once he realizes that the world which he left is radically...

7

An Old Wing of the Monastery at Night

The East Wing of the Monastery of Vatopaidi, consisting of monks’ cells - 3:30 a. m. The first sections of the wing were built before 1450. Monks pray and study late into the night and...

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Sing with understanding

Sing with understanding, rhythm and proper vigour and you'll be like an...

7

Paradise Lost

God is by nature good and He didn't destine humankind for hell. However,...

6

Whith what is God is pleased

God is pleased more if you’re humble despite an unfair and unprovoked attack than...

7

How to became saint

Tradition is the guiding light on the way to sainthood. Live with someone who’s...

8

A hermit monk with his disciple

Two are better than one, as you have a better return for your work. If...

7

Covering transgressions

If you cover a transgression, you seek love; but if you spread it about...

10

How to aquire friends

Acquire sweet lips and everyone will be your friend. Humble people know that they...

7

Awe Before the Sacred

The awe shown before the sacred is an expression of love and joy, not of fear. The monks...

7

How to receive divine wisdom

Christians receive divine wisdom in three ways: by the...

5

Heaven’s joy

There are specific moments when the chandeliers are set into motion by the monks. The effect is quite stunning...

11

The most important thing in life

The most important thing in life is to receive light from God. For this we must first...

6

The proof of the true shepherd

A true shepherd proves himself by his...

6

How the humble people see everyone

Humble people see everyone else as better than themselves and rejoice at...

9

Saint Nektarios: ‘I consider a monk superior to an archbishop’

Spiritual experience always comes first and foremost. Saint Nektarios states, ‘I consider a monk superior to an archbishop’, not of course, meaning any disrespect to archbishops. Rather, he wanted to...

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Fighting wars

Don’t fight to win the war but rather the...

10

The power of virtue

Even though he was wracked by the metastasis of his cancer and by the chemotherapy which he endured, his...

5

The last gesture

[Jesus] ‘lifted up His hands and blessed his disciples. While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven’. (Luke 2450) This was the...

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Wearing the sakkos

The sakkos is worn by bishops, (it was originally an imperial vestment worn by Byzantine emperors) and symbolizes the tunic of disgrace worn by...

5

How can we truly know God

God can be truly known only through the Grace of the Holy Spirit. This is because real knowledge of God is...

4

How to solve our problems

You won’t solve your problems by thinking about them. The solution to all your problems is...

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The most important fact in the history of the entire universe

Christ has risen! We celebrate the most important fact in the history of the entire universe: that God, as a human being defeated death for us. Just as...

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Offering Incense

Incense has been used since the most ancient times during services and symbolizes the...

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Eclipse

Keep your mind in hell...

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The Naked Flame

About the naked flame of heavenly fire

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The Elder’s image

If our elder is away but we imagine his face and think that he’s there with us, we’ll avoid...

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Where God lies

Many rich and powerful people would pay handsomely to see the Lord or His Most Pure Mother; but God isn’t to be summoned by riches, but rather by...

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Gone Fishing

Monks try to provide for their daily necessities by the work of their...

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Experiencing God’s grace

In this photograph a member of the Governing Council of Vatopaidi Monastery is hard at work...

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The key to being rich

The key to being rich is to be frugal and content with what you have. If you're content with what you have then...

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Our gift to God

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not...

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The Way

Knowing your life, your way to the truth...

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All the Material Wealth that you truly need

Nobody has ever gained more in this world than...

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How to purify your soul

The soul is sanctified and purified through the...

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How to overcome the trials and sorrows

We must overcome the trials and sorrows in our lives through...

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Spechless.

At times I’m speechless; at others I’m not happy. I’m speechless when I’m faced with the...

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The Path of Virtue

The path of virtue is always in the centre; at equilibrium. You can’t sway to the right or the left. The extremes, both good and bad, are always from...

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Chain reactions

It’s better to practice an easier virtue consistently rather than...

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The Need for a Cross

There are many times when we need to pass through sorrows. Often we’re left alone to face a trial. We have to undertake a...

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About the spiritual experience

Perhaps what I'm saying is rather bold; spiritual experience can be preferable to...

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Reading and Practice

Reading enlightens the mind considerably, and helps it to concentrate. For the words are those of the...

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The lord of the world

A poor monk is a lord of the world. He has entrusted his cares to God and by faith has obtained all men as his slaves. He will not tell...

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Contrast

In order to abide in the love of God, it’s essential for anger and ‘hate’ to attain their maximum intensity and to be directed against...

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‘The wedding with God’

The mystery of the tonsure into the great habit can’t be explained in words. Anyone who...

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Learning from others

Let us imitate the work of the bee which cleverly...

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Praying for others

Prayer is understood as the ontological (experienced knowledge) and spiritual bridge between...

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Mount Athos Cooking

Cooking on Mount Athos is performed in the traditional way for the most part. Monks are quite reserved and careful when faced with...

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How to solve the problems of the mankind

If you really want to help someone, don’t just think about their problem but...

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Under aer

‘He who comes from above is above all things; he who is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all things’. (John 3:31) In the photograph, the archbishop...

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The Purity Within

A Ukrainian monk of the Monastery of Vatopaidi at prayer during a service. The inner life of each monk can be...

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The athletes of spirituality

When the athletes of spirituality ascend to heaven, all the heavenly powers gather from everywhere to...

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Your progress towards eternal success

Your progress towards eternal success depends on...

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There’s nothing more powerful than the Church

There’s nothing more powerful than the Church. Stop fighting it, or else...

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Find your inner peace

Find your inner peace and silence, and a whole host will find their...

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Wearing God’s grace

In the same way in which the Son of God assumed the human body as Ηis vestment, we must also wear the...

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Which is the true knowledge

True knowledge is to experience eternal life. Eternal life is to know by experience the...

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The importance of Christ’s example

In the same way in which Christ sacrificed Himself for our sins when He offered Himself up on the Cross, I urge you, brothers and sisters...

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The greatest virtue

Love is the greatest virtue. Love is greater than a saints' martyrdom. And this is why:

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A heartfelt moment

Show God the faith in your heart that you have in your spiritual father and the honest love you have for him...

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All warfare is based on deception

All warfare is based on deception and has as its ultimate purpose...

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Understand the words of Holy Scripture

Understand the words of Holy Scripture by putting them into practice, and don’t puff yourself up with conceit by elaborating on theoretical ideas. Only in this way...

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How to manage anger

Being made in God's image, we can be corrected and guided much better through love, patience and understanding than through anger, contention and hate. The first victory against anger...

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Joyful obedience

The monk finds gladness in the willing sacrifice of his entire self for the love of Christ. This is not a psychological trick or some façade for a blinkered existence but a powerful experience of the...

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Idleness is the mother of all evil

We must perform our tasks quickly and with discernment. Idleness is the mother of all evil...

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The Holy Chalice

This is a rare photograph of Holy Chalices in the Byzantine Style in the preparation apse to the left of the sanctuary. The middle chalice is...

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Picking prickly pears

Monks live in the middle of nature, sometimes quite literally...

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What stops us to progress

You’ll never obtain the blessings from above if you are...

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The Blessed Mortification

Blessed is he who mortifies his will to the very end and who leaves the care of himself to...

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Acting and speaking

Act in such a way in which your deeds take the place of your words. Speak in such a way that...

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The most powerful weapon of the devil

The most powerful weapon of the devil is despair. He doesn't rejoice nearly so much when we sin as he does...

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The true status of our inner condition

The true status of our inner condition is demonstrated during the...

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The quintesence of Humility

Humility consists in considering yourself to be nothing in all circumstances, cutting off...

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Perhaps what ‘m saying may seem somewhat bold…

Perhaps what ‘m saying may seem somewhat bold, but it’ s better to quarrel with God than...

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Where God is hidden

God abides in each commandment by His gracious power. ‘God is hidden in...

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When you pray in your heart

When you pray in your heart, you’re united with God and transcend the barriers of time. You experience the reality (mystery) of eternity...

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What appalls God

Just as your stomach revolts when you see rotten fruit, so God is appalled by...

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The rich exist for the sake of the poor

The rich exist for the sake of the poor. The poor exist for the salvation of the rich. Seek what’s...

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What makes an icon to be miracle-working

There are three things which may allow for an icon to be miracle-working:

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Holy Communion – the unity with God

Holy Communion is the central mystery in the life of the Church. Unfortunately, we often disregard this ultimate mystery...

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How should be an iconographer

An iconographer should ideally have an intense ascetic life because...

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The secret of hapiness

Happy are those in whom there is love for God, since they...

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The worship of icons

The honour shown to the icon passes to the person(s) depicted. If I point to a statue of Caesar and ask you ‘Who is that?’, your answer would be...

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The center of the spiritual life

Prayer is at the center of the spiritual life. It’s communication with God or, even better, life with God. Therefore prayer is our way to communicate directly with God, and arises from our human need for...

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The true Conqueror

Christians, rejoice always, for evil, death, sin, the devil and hell have been conquered by Christ. Given that all of these have been conquered, is there...

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After the Fire

We are under continuous threat from the internal spiritual fires which are...

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Why animals attack humans

God’s creation has a natural tendency to turn away from sinful distortion in an effort to eradicate evil. This is why animals often attack...

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How to begin and how to avoid the future traps

A firm beginning will certainly be useful for us if we later grow slack. A soul which is strong at first but then becomes lethargic is...

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Divine Liturgy

Experiencing the grace of God is the beginning of an internal apocalypse...

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The scope of the humanity

The aim of humanity is to become like God, to become holy, to acquire the grace of the Holy Spirit. When you come close to God and become a saint, your grace is so great that it...

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The necessity of obedience

Obedience is necessary not only for monks, but for everyone. Even the Lord was obedient, even unto death on the cross. Proud and self-regarding people...

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Don’t neglect your prayers

Don’t neglect your prayers. Just as the body becomes...

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Why God created the world

God made all His creation out of pure love. God doesn’t depend on anything or anyone in order to be perfectly happy. He simply wanted to make a creation to...

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The Kingdom of God

What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like...

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If you’ve come to hate the world

If you’ve come to hate the world, you’ve escaped sorrow. But if you still have an attachment to anything visible, you’re not yet delivered from...

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The degree of your love for your Elder

God will grant you His grace analogous with the love you have for your Elder. Our spiritual fathers don't need our love, nor do they...

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How to behave with each other.

Be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another in psalms and...

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The feeling of the world’s vain glory

One of the first things which God gives to those who call is a sense of the vanity of this world. Those who’ve received the light of this knowledge must...

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Living the Depth of the Spiritual Law

As we read Patristic books, we learn the Law of Freedom. However, we can only understand and live the depth of this law by...

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Exposing snakes

He who exposes every snake to his spiritual father shows that he has real faith; but he who hides them...

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Seeing God

If you pray with great desire, love and the tears of a pure heart, then you see God Himself in your heart, just as...

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Stages of tranquility

The first stage of tranquility consists of silencing the lips when the heart is in turmoil. The second consists of...

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Our inner hell

Our inner hell isn’t a consequence of sin but the result of...

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The main duty of the spiritual man is to keep his mind clean

The devil is forever seeking a meeting of minds with his prey...

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Circular World

True unity, true contact between two existences is realized only through God. There is no direct path which ties two beings...

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The result of seeing God

The more clearly your heart sees God, the more...

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The mystery of the great, holy, and angelic schema

The mystery of the great, holy, and angelic schema contains the...

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Perfect communion

Holiness is pure interpersonal communion. The passions and egotism are shed through...

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The light which we all seek

Pride and envy are the greatest of evils which cast down even the angels from heaven to hell. Therefore, humility and love are...

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The Church

Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for it to make it holy, cleansing it by His word, and presenting it to Himself as a radiant Church...

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Faces and eyes

The face is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes...

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The words of worship

The more you’re attentive to the words in the services, the more you’ll come to enjoy worship. And the more you love it, so much more will it make you devout and...

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Flying to Heaven

Almost everything on Mount Athos seeks to raise the spirit from this world towards the divine. The delicate combination of...

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Vatopaidi’s main church

Vatopaidi's main church (katholiko) dates from the10th century. Excavations have unearthed an older basilica, however, from the time of the...

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About rebuking the others

Do not rebuke one who stopped sinning and has started repenting. If you say that you are doing this for God's sake then...

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Overcoming the fear of suffering

The Holy Spirit, Who is sweet and gracious, draws the soul to love the Lord and...

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This mystery of earthly worship

I will sing unto the Lord throughout my life, I will chant to my God for as long as I exist. Let my meditation...

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The Ultimate Experience

There are things which one cannot explain but can only live...

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The real Unity

For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither...

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The Baptismal Tonsure

The tonsure, which is reminiscent of the vow of the Nazirite, is the symbolic act of...

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Why the Baptism is so important?

Before our spiritual baptism, we’re enslaved by the evil one as a result of the Fall of Adam and Eve and we’re subject to...

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Our real mother

Our true birth isn’t when we emerge into to the world from our mother's womb, but occurs when we’re re-born for eternal life through Holy Baptism. So our real mother is...

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How can we fight our passions?

Novices need more time in order to train themselves in prayer. It is impossible to reach this supreme virtue...

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No one is able to know the Mind of God

When the Lord does not give us something we persistently request of Him, then one of two things may be happening...

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Life without Christ is not worth living

Now you must be thinking, from what I’ve told you...

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When…

‘When you are in an extremely dark room don’t hit out at the darkness to make it go away. That’s not how...

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There will be no more death

We should take care to devote ourselves to Christ and to become saints, to enter His Church and then, once all inside His Church, to become...

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I pray that you will do the same

And I always pray that my spiritual children will love God...

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The beginning and the middle

There's nothing more important than realizing your weakness and your...

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With the eyes of the soul

People who have a spiritual life see with the eyes of their soul...

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They aren’t like me

To condemn means that i have no patience and love for others...

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We do well

We do well if we don't comply with sinful thoughts, which come from the devil. Because...

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If I am to bring you up to my level, I first must come down to yours

The task of washing someone’s feet is hardly a task fit for a King. It is the task of the...

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The heart equals life

In education, it's exceptionally dangerous to pay attention only to the development of the intellect and knowledge, ignoring the heart. We should look to the heart above all else, because...

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Wildfire

People who are overcome by the desires and pleasures and spend their lives out in this world will...

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Casting mud

The Lord didn’t live among people in order to besmirch them, but to cleanse them. He never sullied anyone, but...

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Rely on the Grace

If you allow the thought that you can rely on your own powers and proceed in that vein, then...

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The seed of the evil one

Parents and teachers, take great care not to allow your children to become capricious. When they grow up...

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The most just and the most unjust

Envy is the passion of a malicious soul that goes into meltdown with...

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Not as much as he wants

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