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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It’s difficult for young people to come to church (part 2)

It’s difficult for young people to come to church (part 2)

Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis († Former Abbot of the Monastery of Grigoriou, the Holy Mountain)   We have many examples of young people who’ve been disappointed with one and all and have turned to Christ as the last and sole resort to escape their situation. Lots of young people who’ve been...

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It’s difficult for young people to come to church

It’s difficult for young people to come to church

Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis († Former Abbot of the Monastery of Grigoriou, the Holy Mountain)   It’s difficult for young people today to approach the mystery of repentance. Modern young people find it hard to approach the Church in general, or the clergy, because there’s now a certain prejudice against the...

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The value of charity, its practical application and its spiritual dimension

The value of charity, its practical application and its spiritual dimension

Protopresbyter Stefanos Anagnostopoulos   The miracle of the resurrection of Tabitha by the Apostle Peter is told in Acts, 9, 36-41. She lived in Joppa, was a Christian and ‘was devoted to good works and acts of charity’. With her practical love, she had won the hearts of all the...

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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...

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