How can Digital Media help Orthodox Pastoral Care?

How can Digital Media help Orthodox Pastoral Care?

Watch now  Hank Hanegraaff at the last part of his interview at Pemptousia shares his experience on digital media and his view on how they can be used on Orthodox Pastoral Care. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official...

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The Use of the Internet in the Pastoral Practice of the Church

The Use of the Internet in the Pastoral Practice of the Church

Sister Sara   Communicating via the Internet The manner of expression of the Internet is, in the first place, that of presence: to communicate on the Internet you have to be on the Internet. You enter an open stadium where everyone is playing in the same way. If you open...

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Can sins be forgiven through vows?

Can sins be forgiven through vows?

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of  Pemptousia   The age we live in is full of contradictions. On the one hand, people are stubbornly indifferent towards their Relationship with God, but on the other, references to superstitions, zodiac charts and para-religious phenomena abound. You’ve got people who consider those who...

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Cut off the passions before the soul becomes accustomed to them – 2

Cut off the passions before the soul becomes accustomed to them – 2

Abbas Dorotheos When I was in the coenobium, the Abbot, with the consent of the Elders, made me guest-master. I was, at the time, recovering from a serious illness. Strangers came and I stayed up with them; camel-drivers arrived and I looked after them. And there were lots of times...

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Practical repentance and its fruits

Practical repentance and its fruits

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Christ is the living truth. “I am the way, and the truth and the life” (John 14, 6). Therefore, He is life without beginning, unlimited (ἀπεριόριστος), unbound (ἀδέσμευτος), co-eternal with the Father, inseparable and undivided from him. “Praise be to God and Father of our...

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The Spiritual Father

The Spiritual Father

Saint Anthimos of Chios   1 January 1946 “Behold, I and the children God has given me”. I didn’t want to have children in the world by the flesh and God gave me you to have as my spiritual children. That saying comforts me and I imagine it brings you...

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Christ and the Social Problem

Christ and the Social Problem

† Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou   The more that people are cleansed of the passions, the greater their capacity for real communion with God and other people. Those who take a romantic and external view of the human person transfer wickedness from the person...

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Down to the details

Down to the details

Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos   When people are trying, they see for themselves just how much God looks after them personally and how greatly He’s concerned with the details of their life. And so their faith increases. If they’re faced with various difficulties and temptations, they don’t think themselves unhappy, because...

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Who haven’t people mocked?

Who haven’t people mocked?

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   Writing to someone on the subject of confession, Saint Nikolaj had this to say: You want to know if confession is so important. At one time you used to go more frequently for confession, but you stopped because somebody mocked you for it. You shouldn’t have...

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In the Prison of Târgu-Ocna

In the Prison of Târgu-Ocna

Fr. Constantin Voicescu   ‘No matter how bad pain is, it has no meaning other than the cleansing of the soul which longs for salvation’ (Valeriu Gafencu). The prison in the town of Târgu-Ocna was an oasis in the desert of pain. Not that there was no pain there. On...

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