The Passions of Avarice, Anger, Sorrow and Sloth – Part IΙΙ

The Passions of Avarice, Anger, Sorrow and Sloth – Part IΙΙ

Saint Nil of Sorskij   During the period of relentless warfare, we must arm ourselves against the spirit of ingratitude and blasphemy, because it’s with those weapons that the enemy attacks us at that moment. Satan defeats people with doubt and fear and directs wicked thoughts at them like arrows:...

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The Passions of Avarice, Anger, Sorrow and Sloth – Part IΙ

The Passions of Avarice, Anger, Sorrow and Sloth – Part IΙ

Saint Nil of Sorskij   Sorrow We have a great struggle to wage against the evil spirit of sorrow, which brings the soul into despair and perdition. If the sorrow is occasioned by other people, we have to suffer it with joy, and pray for those who have saddened us,...

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The Passions of Avarice, Anger, Sorrow and Sloth – Part I

The Passions of Avarice, Anger, Sorrow and Sloth – Part I

Saint Nil of Sorskij   Avarice The passion for the acquisition of wealth, said the Fathers, is not part of human nature and is due to a lack of faith and people’s sick way of thinking. This is why it requires no small effort to combat this passion, if, with...

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Christian Unity and Individualism in the Modern Society

Christian Unity and Individualism in the Modern Society

We went from being a communal society to becoming an individualistic society. The art of listening and the art of conversation are soon becoming obsolete with the invention of newer technologies which divide rather than unite. Gradually we are becoming isolated from one another. Who are we, what have become,...

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Respect for and Protection of the Human Person

Respect for and Protection of the Human Person

People have their being and are regarded always as a whole and as a person. They aren’t a conglomeration of disparate substances and elements (such as soul and body) but each is a unique persona, involving the soul and body. In the human person, the body and soul are not...

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Why Were Human Beings Created?

Why Were Human Beings Created?

Why were human beings created? Q: I have asked many persons this question, but I have as yet not received a satisfactory answer. Maybe there is no answer. The question is, “Why was humanity created by God?” I know the “how” and the “circumstances,” but not the “why.”  – D.A.C.,...

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Death is the Last Enemy of Humankind

Death is the Last Enemy of Humankind

Death is the last enemy of humankind. Everyone who is born into this world is guaranteed one death. Death is inevitable. And in the Orthodox Christian tradition, the fear of death is considered to be one of, if not the most, significant causes of sin and destruction in the world....

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Open Window

Open Window

By Elder Moses the Athonite We’ve said before that God is not wrathful, bent on punishment and revenge. If He were, He would be bad. But there’s no trace of badness in the divinity. Every trial is an education from God and is a form of the spiritual struggle we...

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VIDEO: Archimandrite Zacharias on ‘The spiritual heart’

VIDEO: Archimandrite Zacharias on ‘The spiritual heart’

The heart’s the inner person, it’s the centre of our personality. Where we can encounter God, where we can make our free choice concerning Him, that’s the centre of our personality. And we can’t find our heart by our own efforts. We find our heart, because we have to say...

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Music and Mediation in St Gregory of Nyssa’s Commentary ‘On the Inscriptions of the Psalms’

Music and Mediation in St Gregory of Nyssa’s Commentary ‘On the Inscriptions of the Psalms’

In his On the Making of Man, St Gregory of Nyssa likened the human body to a kind of musical instrument, played upon by the mind of man. In the same work, he dismissed as pagan the idea of man as microcosm. Yet later, in his dialogue On the Soul...

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