Stay clean!

Stay clean!

Have you ever taken a bath or a shower, and your parents told you to stay clean? You might have wanted to play outside and have fun, but you had to keep clean. You know, when we are baptized, we are made clean from sin and from everything we could...

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Time and Creation

Time and Creation

Theodore Rokas   On January 1 our holy Church celebrates two great and important events: the circumcision of Christ, the formal entry of a male child into the Jewish community which according to their custom took place on the 8th day after his birth; and the commemoration of Saint Basil...

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A New Year’s Resolution: You Are Useful for Ministry

A New Year’s Resolution: You Are Useful for Ministry

When we speak of the apostles we generally speak of their achievements and successes, which may not include the full story. St. Mark, who was a young man, had his fare share of failures in the beginning of his ministry. In the Gospel of Mark, we are told how he...

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Saint Basil and our Spiritual Roots

Saint Basil and our Spiritual Roots

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis, Professor of the Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Whenever there’s mention of Saint Basil, we always highlight his studies in Athens, his ascetic life in Pontus, his lack of possessions, his contributions to society, and his literary oeuvre. It’s certainly true that the author of...

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The man who ended a cruel custom

The man who ended a cruel custom

The festal nature of this time of year makes it difficult for us to recollect an impressive act which is an integral part of the history of the Church. This act was one that brought to an end a cruel custom, which, in the Roman world, had for centuries been...

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Love as the Essence of Orthodox Asceticism

Love as the Essence of Orthodox Asceticism

Protopresbyter Georgios Schinas   You might ask why it is that we today, who are less ascetic as Christians, are overcome with fear and trembling when we hear about asceticism. It makes us feel somewhat uncomfortable. This is because we’ve lost sight of a great truth of our faith. It’s...

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New Year’s Resolutions and Revolutions

New Year’s Resolutions and Revolutions

Many a story reveals the futility of making plans. In action-packed movies that require careful planning to commit the ultimate crime or to rescue comrades in arms and in simply mapping out our days’ strategies, we find obstacles thrown in our path at every turn. In all of these situations,...

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The Freedom of the Person

The Freedom of the Person

Protopresbyter Efstratios Karatsoulis   The issue of freedom is of great importance in the Orthodox view of humankind. According to this, people are made to be free. Freedom is the result of the fact that we’re made in the image of God and have the opportunity and potential to use...

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The Wisdom of Obedience

The Wisdom of Obedience

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   The various Books of the Elders, ancient and modern, take us into the world of the monastic state. There the genuine way of the Christian/Gospel life continues, as does the human reality of blunders and failures, which are overcome through asceticism. One very important and substantial...

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A variety of ploys

A variety of ploys

Saint Ignatius Brianchaninoff   Conscious, calculated or artificial humility is a mix of numerous and varied stratagems through which human pride attempts to attire itself in the glory of humility in the eyes of the blind world, the world which clings to its own things, the world which fawns on...

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