On Love

On Love

Saint Isaac the Syrian   Practical love Just as oil maintains the light of a lamp, so charity feeds the soul with true knowledge of God. The key for the heart to acquire divine gifts is given through love for our neighbour. How wonderful and praiseworthy is love for our...

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The Selfless Nature of Love

The Selfless Nature of Love

What does Christianity look like? That’s a question I’ve asked myself over the years as I’ve encountered groups/churches/cults all purporting to teach true Christianity. I’ve heard those who want to implement the Old Testament laws as the law of the land, a sort of ‘Christian’ Sharia law. I’ve met those...

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Those who truly love God

Those who truly love God

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   Who are those who truly love God, where does their love for Him come from and how is it shown? What are the works of our love for God as regards our neighbours? And that love is the culmination of the old and the...

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In Praise of those who have Love in their Hearts – Part II

In Praise of those who have Love in their Hearts – Part II

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   Holy Love may we then be pardoned through you and may we enter into the enjoyment of the good things of our Master, since no-one will taste their sweetness except through you. Those who don’t love you as they ought and are not, as...

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In Praise of those who have Love in their Hearts – Part I

In Praise of those who have Love in their Hearts – Part I

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   Let us therefore follow one and the same path, Christ’s commandments, which elevate us to heaven and to God. Even though the word shows us many paths and many ways for people to reach the kingdom of heaven, these paths are not, in fact,...

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How to Have a Stress-Free Wedding Day

How to Have a Stress-Free Wedding Day

On May 10 of this year, my husband and I will celebrate 37 years of marriage. We were married at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, on Mother’s Day, 1981. Five years ago, after twenty years of experience, I took a leap of faith and started my own wedding...

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Sin Is a Form of Love: Julian atte Norwich

Sin Is a Form of Love: Julian atte Norwich

James W. Lillie   In continuation of the article* by Professor Ilias Voulgarakis on Sin and Love, it might be worth looking at what the English mystic and recluse “Julian atte Norwich” (ca. 8 November 1342 – ca. 1416) had to say on much the same subject in the Revelations...

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Sin Is a Form of Love (Part 2)

Sin Is a Form of Love (Part 2)

Ilias Voulgarakis   Everything starts with the meaning that each person gives to sin. If it is the breaking of a commandment, then people enter a legalistic relationship with God, in which, in the end, Hell is the natural concomitant for the transgressor. But if sin is a feature in...

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Sin Is a Form of Love (Part 1)

Sin Is a Form of Love (Part 1)

Ilias Voulgarakis   Love is the reason why things exist and the criterion for their behaviour. As regards the criterion for behaviour, we would recall the teaching of Saint Paul in his famous hymn to love (I Cor. 13, 1-13). But love as a criterion for behaviour is not concerned...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: Baby in the House!

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Baby in the House!

The following is a departure from my usual MO. Here is a poem in free verse that represents a personal glimpse into the miraculous event known as having a baby. I hope you enjoy it. Baby in the House! We had been married only a month and she was pregnant...

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