We Hold Ourselves to a Higher Standard

We Hold Ourselves to a Higher Standard

We live in a world, much like the Christians of the first century, in which morality is based not on the teachings of Christ, but the teachings of darkness. Daily, it seems, our world is stepping further away from the way of life of Christ and His Church, as is...

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Conversations with Abba Isaac: Screen Asceticism

Conversations with Abba Isaac: Screen Asceticism

I am not a Luddite. I am sitting in front of a computer screen, I have an iPhone in my pocket, and I watched the news this morning on the television. I enjoy a good film now and then, and I have been known to binge watch a favorite television...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 34

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 34

Matthew 14:28; 15:1-9 Collapse and Recovery, the Ministry of Christ, Clean and Unclean, Breaking God’s law to keep man’s law Opening thoughts and basis for discussion We cannot jump in feet first without knowing where our feet will land. It is necessary to consider all things, then speak or make...

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Ο ταπεινός και καλός σπορέας

Ο ταπεινός και καλός σπορέας

“Η πνευματική καλλιέργεια είναι έργο σύνθετο. Προυποθέτει τον καλό γεωργό αλλά και την καλή γη. Και ο φρόνιμος και ταπεινός γεωργός παρακαλεί ταυτόχρονα τον Θεό να ευλογήσει τον κόπο του, το χωράφι του για να γίνει η σοδειά αφορμή για χαρές κι όχι για λύπες”.   _______________________________ Posted by the...

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Understanding Struggle

Understanding Struggle

Editor’s Note: This article was originally written as an entry for the 2014 St. Nikolaj Velimirovich Oratorical Festival. Your Eminences, Your Graces, Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I stand here before you to share my understanding of struggle as an Orthodox Christian. So what does...

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 5

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 5

Logismoi, or these ‘evil thoughts’, may be manipulated to stir up anxiety and anger aimed against those people with whom we are closest. This often includes friends, relatives, fellow members of a parish community, as well as those with whom we are sacramentally linked or have spiritual bonds—even our own...

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It Isn’t About Doing More; It’s About Being More

It Isn’t About Doing More; It’s About Being More

You wake up every morning running at full speed even before getting out of bed because you already know there are more things you need to accomplish today than you have time to finish. But every day, you wake up committed to working hard for your family’s needs, and you...

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On Humility and the Humble Outlook – 1

On Humility and the Humble Outlook – 1

By Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi (+2009) The title of this speech in Greek is ‘Περί ταπεινώσεως και ταπεινοφροσύνης’. An Elder has explained the difference as being that ‘ταπεινοφροσύνη’ is an attitude of mind (hence ‘humble outlook’), while ‘ταπείνωσις’ (‘humility’) is from the heart. In practice, however, the terms are often...

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 4

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 4

According to St. Silouan, and our entire Orthodox tradition, spiritual life entails spiritual warfare. This is a primary point that we must fully acknowledge and accept as we strive to live our lives in Christ. For the majority of believers, this spiritual warfare refers primarily to the encounter with evil...

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The Sacrament of Confession

The Sacrament of Confession

The odds are that the Sacrament of Confession is everyone’s least favourite sacrament. Not “the least needed,” just “the least favourite.” No one likes to look inside himself to survey and itemize the mess he finds there. It is like opening the fridge door and finding a large jar of...

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