On Humility and the Humble Outlook – 2

On Humility and the Humble Outlook – 2

By Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi Read Part 1 here. Βlessed and favoured people who are humble are meek, calm, serene, attached to virtue, opposed to evil, untroubled by any circumstance or threat. They live in the bosom of the faith, like infants in the maternal embrace of grace. They never...

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Open Window

Open Window

By Elder Moses the Athonite We’ve said before that God is not wrathful, bent on punishment and revenge. If He were, He would be bad. But there’s no trace of badness in the divinity. Every trial is an education from God and is a form of the spiritual struggle we...

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Prayer Presupposes Faith

Prayer Presupposes Faith

By Elder Moses the Athonite Prayer presupposes faith. People who don’t pray are without help, uncertain, blind and alone. They’re earthbound, not knowing how to fly aloft, to burn bright in the sky, to enjoy the necessary celestial support. They’re magnetized, bound, firmly attached to corruptible, earthly things. It’s not...

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Chanting in Mount Athos

Chanting in Mount Athos

Elder Thomas Mikrayannanitis talks about his first monastic steps and about the Athonite Psaltic Tradition (part 2): “There in the skete, where we sang in various kellia, Elder Iosif didn’t know musical technique as well as Papa-Chrysostomos or Panteleïimon Kartsonas. The late Panteleïmon was the Elder of the Daniilaii. He...

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Peace of Heart is Established Little by Little

Peace of Heart is Established Little by Little

By Saint Nicodemus Haghiorite Your constant care should be not to let your heart become agitated or troubled, but to use every effort to keep it peaceful and calm. Seeing your efforts and endeavours, God will send you His grace and will make your soul a city of peace. Then...

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The Lords of Life and Death

The Lords of Life and Death

On Saturday, November 1, a young girl committed suicide. Brittany Maynard had been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, and she was told that chances of beating the cancer were pretty much nil. She suffered from seizures as her disease grew worse, and did not want to suffer...

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The Superiority of Being Over Doing

The Superiority of Being Over Doing

One of my favorite passages in all of Scripture is Psalm 46 (45 LXX):10, which reads: “Be still, and know that I am God.” This brief but powerful assertion, applicable to virtually any age in history, speaks to the uneasiness and distress every person or group experiences throughout life. Specifically,...

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