The project of synergic anthropology: spiritual practice as the basics for a new conception of man (part 1)

The project of synergic anthropology: spiritual practice as the basics for a new conception of man (part 1)

Sergey Horujy, Academician   1. “The tiny rescued bit” What stands high on the agenda of modern philosophizing is radical anthropological reflection. The “overcoming of metaphysics” has been virtually completed in the last millennium, and together with classical metaphysics classical anthropology has gone that established the European conception of man...

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On Suffering Temptations Calmly and Gladly (1)

On Suffering Temptations Calmly and Gladly (1)

Abba Dorotheos   Abba Pimin was right to say that the sign of a true monk is how he reacts to temptation. According to the Wisdom of Sirach (2, 1), a monk who truly comes to work for God should prepare his soul against temptations, so that he won’t be...

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To die a perfect death

To die a perfect death

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica   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 God arranged things, with his providential power: that we should gain eternal life through our voluntary death....

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The Holy Hieromartyr Dionysios the Areopagite

The Holy Hieromartyr Dionysios the Areopagite

Georgios D. Papadimitrakopoulos   The holy hieromartyr Dionysios was a member of the Court of Areios Pagos, and was more prominent than anyone else because of his wealth, fame, prudence and wisdom. He embraced faith in Christ when he heard Saint Paul preach on the rock of the Areios Pagos...

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True Autonomy is Achieved through Humility

True Autonomy is Achieved through Humility

Christoforos Papadopoulos, Theologian   True autonomy is achieved through humility, in other words through the emptying of the self in order to make room for all others. The saints imitate the humility of Christ in His sacrifice on the Cross. The emptying of the self is the greatest Christian virtue....

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For Great Profits (II Cor. 9, 6-11)

For Great Profits (II Cor. 9, 6-11)

Archimandrite Ieronymos Nikolopoulos   One of the worst of the notions prevalent in the secular outlook is the tactic of least effort. Those who espouse it- and unfortunately they’re in the majority- seek, with the least effort, or none if at all possible, to gain as much as they can,...

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Sermon on the 2nd Sunday of Luke (Luke 6: 31-36)

Sermon on the 2nd Sunday of Luke (Luke 6: 31-36)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Our Lord Jesus Christ has revealed many wonderful truths, which until then were unknown. Many of these concern our relations with other people, either inside our homes or outside in society. Perhaps there is difficulty in remembering everything one has to observe in dealing with...

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Saint Kyriakos the Anachorite

Saint Kyriakos the Anachorite

† Dionysios, Metropolitan of Servia and Kozani   Today the Church honours and celebrates the sacred memory of Blessed Kyriakos the Anchorite, who was born in Corinth in 408. His father was called Ioannis and was a priest, while his mother was Evdoxia. The then bishop of Corinth, Petros, who...

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What are the passions and which are the worst of them all?

What are the passions and which are the worst of them all?

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi (+2009)   Created as God-like from the beginning, man would not accept anything irrational in his thoughts and in his life. All his thoughts and his motions were proper since they had been illuminated by the divine Grace. As soon as he was deceived and severed...

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A leap of joy

A leap of joy

Saint Amphilochios Makris   Cultivate the Jesus prayer and the time will come when your heart will leap for joy, as it does when you’re about to meet someone dear to you. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official...

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Do you want to see God?

Do you want to see God?

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   Abba Olympios recounts: ‘One time, a pagan priest came down to Skete and slept in my cell. When he saw the way the monks lived he asked me: “The way you live, do you never see anything of your God?” “No”, I answered. He went on....

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Submission to the Will of God

Submission to the Will of God

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis, Theologian   In today’s Gospel reading, we see the call, the invitation from Christ, to three disciples, Peter, James and John (fishermen from Judea unknown to Him at that time), at Lake Gennesaret. Jesus uses Peter’s boat and makes a pulpit of it in order to preach...

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