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 the anxiety of death, the lack of meaning in life, a guilty conscience and the loss of communion with God on man’s part. Surely the theology of the Church can help by either preventing or by healing people suffering from such existential dilemmas.

Thus psychiatry and neurology are called to cure pathological anomalies, whereas Orthodox theology cures the deeper causes that engender them.

Based on St. Maximus the Confessor, Metr. Hierotheos of Nafpaktos