That we should not despair, even though we sin often

That we should not despair, even though we sin often

Saint Peter the Damascan   Even if you are not what you should be, you still ought not to despair. It’s bad enough that you’ve sinned, without maligning God by regarding Him, in your ignorance, as powerless. He it is Who, for your sake created the great universe that you...

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A scandal, many sins and a saint!

A scandal, many sins and a saint!

Ioannis Panayiotopoulos, Lecturer at the Theological School, Athens University   One of the most wonderful stories in the Lavsaïko describes...

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Sin as Sickness

Sin as Sickness

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   It’s natural to have feelings of guilt if we look at sin as a transgression against ‘the law of God’ rather than as a sickness we’ve inherited as children of the first Adam. Because if, over time, sin becomes second nature, it exercises authority in our...

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Casting off our Sinful Nature and, by Grace, Clothing Ourselves in the Theanthropic Nature

Casting off our Sinful Nature and, by Grace, Clothing Ourselves in the Theanthropic Nature

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Veria, Naousa and Kampania   ‘Having cast off the old self with its practices, and clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in the awareness of Him Who created it’ (Epistle reading, Col. 3, 4-11). On the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers, the Church...

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Sin and Sickness: An Orthodox View (3)

Sin and Sickness: An Orthodox View (3)

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   Of course, all of this doesn’t mean that sickness is removed with the coming of Christ into the world, despite the fact that, when announcing the cure of the sick, Christ also indicates the presence of God in His own Person. Apart...

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Sin and Sickness: An Orthodox View (2)

Sin and Sickness: An Orthodox View (2)

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   We have another instance where the righteous suffer without guilt, as in Job and Tobias. In these cases the answer is provided by Scripture itself: the aim is to manifest the loyalty of the believer and to glorify God’s name: ‘May the...

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Sin and Sickness: An Orthodox View

Sin and Sickness: An Orthodox View

Dr. Nikolaos Koios, Content Coach of Pemptousia   In one of the most beautiful modern examples of our ecclesiastical education, Sister Magdalen of the Holy Monastery of Saint John the Baptist at, Tolleshunt Knights, Essex, says that we can’t speak drily about this sensitive subject, and not feel involved. And...

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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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Indifference to those who are sinning is itself a sin

Indifference to those who are sinning is itself a sin

Christos Karadimos   Should we be indifferent to those who are sinning? Not according to Saint Basil the Great, who bases this opinion on Scripture. According to Saint Basil, the Lord gave explicit instructions, in both the Old and New Testaments, regarding this matter. In Leviticus, the Lord orders: ‘Rebuke...

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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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