Humbleness is the key to keep the Grace

Humbleness is the key to keep the Grace

By Fr. Raphael Noica (of Essex) Fr. Raphael: Monasticism is like living something from the age that shall come, in which, as the Savior says: “They neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the Angels of God in heaven” (Matthew 22:30). We are not like the...

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On Humility and the Humble Outlook – 3

On Humility and the Humble Outlook – 3

By Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi With a variety of definitions, our Fathers lead us to humility, but the meaning is almost the same: the comprehensive labour of love that supports all the other virtues. We shall now note some of the sayings of the Fathers which refer to the qualities...

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Homeless, Hungry, God Bless: Fort Lauderdale’s Attack on the Homeless

Homeless, Hungry, God Bless: Fort Lauderdale’s Attack on the Homeless

Rap group Arrested Development’s 1992 Billboard hit “Mr. Wendal” defied convention with its celebration of a homeless man who possessed wisdom and insight into the human condition that our materialistic culture so frequently misses. Speech, frontman of Arrested Development, rapped presciently: “Mr. Wendal, a man, a human in flesh, but...

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 7

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 7

Saint Silouan offers another very practical point of advice that is most relevant for those of us struggling in contemporary society. As regards his entire teaching, this advice is directed not only toward monks, but in general to all believers who are striving to progress in prayer. He warns against...

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Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia: Material Desires and Hidden Need

Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia: Material Desires and Hidden Need

We understand deprivation when we’ve got nothing to eat. We’re not aware of any lack when we don’t have God in our lives. It’s terrible. It’s terrible. As if there’s no need for God! But the need for God’s greater than the need for air. It’s greater than the need...

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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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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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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 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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Avoiding the Torment of Hell

Avoiding the Torment of Hell

Nobody can deny that we will all eventually die, so it should be no surprise that Our Lord has provided many opportunities for us to better understand what we should expect. One example of how we learn about our eternal future is through parables. In the Parable of the Rich...

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