Saint Silouan and the Quest for God

Saint Silouan and the Quest for God

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   a) The boundless love of the Triune Trinity for the whole of humankind is always revealed, even if it’s doubted and not easy to see. The Fathers teach that God’s creative, providential and cohesive energy radiates throughout the whole world and all creation. And His sanctifying...

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Our Relationship with God: 9. Spiritual progress

Our Relationship with God: 9. Spiritual progress

Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou)   As Christ descended first to the nethermost parts of the earth and then ascended above the heavens, so humble love raises up a ladder in the heart of man. The same ladder which Christ used to descend to man, man uses to ascend to...

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Our Relationship with God: 8. Pride and despair

Our Relationship with God: 8. Pride and despair

Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou)   We also said that those who are born of the spirit have a heart in which dwells Christ ‘through faith’. According to biblical anthropology and orthodox tradition, the heart of man is the centre of his personhood. It is there that choices occur and...

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“Thank God for everything that happens”

“Thank God for everything that happens”

Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Above all pray without ceasing and thank God for everything that happens to you (Rule of Anthony the Great) Anthony the Great is a realist. His rules or canons aren’t some formula he’s found and thrown to us. Each of them has something unique concerning the life...

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Our Relationship with God: 7. The mind of Christ

Our Relationship with God: 7. The mind of Christ

Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou) The regenerated man has another mind, ‘the mind of Christ’, another understanding, ‘that which is in Christ Jesus’, another heart, in which ‘dwells Christ by faith’. He becomes like unto Christ and fulfills his purpose. Man acquires the ‘mind of Christ’, which means that he...

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God’s Saving Mercy

God’s Saving Mercy

Abbot Tryphon We are not compelled to love God, having been created with free will. God does not, nor can He, compel His creatures to love Him. Mutual love requires, by it’s very nature, freedom to either respond in love, or not. Yet when we respond to God’s love with...

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Do You Believe in and Practice Your Orthodox Faith?

Do You Believe in and Practice Your Orthodox Faith?

Religious belief vs. religious practice – in the years since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Christianity in the area has experienced a re-boot.  A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that Orthodox Christians in Europe believe in God, and strongly identify with their Orthodox faith, however they...

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Absence Of Heavenly Fatherhood Makes Us Equivalent to Death

Absence Of Heavenly Fatherhood Makes Us Equivalent to Death

Metropolitan Amfilhije (Radović) of Montenegro and the Littoral   Because without the eternal Father, people’s love and, indeed, they themselves are equivalent to time and therefore to death. Time makes death the content of desire (love) and thus, the content of us people, who are nourished only by it. It’s...

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‘I do not seek my own will, but that of the father who sent me’

‘I do not seek my own will, but that of the father who sent me’

Metropolitan Amfilhije (Radović) of Montenegro and the Littoral   The relationship is expressed in Christ’s words: ‘I do not seek my own will…’ (Jn. 5, 30). Herein also lies, in actual fact, the meaning behind why we follow the Holy Fathers: it is precisely the humble entrusting of ‘ourselves and...

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Coercion and violence are the basic characteristics of the patricidal society

Coercion and violence are the basic characteristics of the patricidal society

Metropolitan Amfilhije (Radović) of Montenegro and the Littoral   7. It is in this charismatic intermingling of divine fatherhood and sonship that our true knowledge of God has its roots. Our information and our life in God were given by the Father to His eternal Son, Who passed them on...

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