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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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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The Greatest Form of Knowledge

The Greatest Form of Knowledge

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   The ability to forgive others depends on how honest we are with ourselves. ‘The greatest form of knowledge to which you can attain’, says Saint Clement the Alexandrian, ‘is to know yourself’. If you know yourself, you know nature, the limits and the possibilities...

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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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Hospital for the Sinners

Hospital for the Sinners

  In the Sunday sermon of Zacchaios, Fr. Lazarakis speaks of redemption. Saint John Chrysostom says that “the church is not a museum for the saints but a hospital for sinners.” Like Zacchaios, a thief and traitor, all of the saints were sinners. No one’s sins are so bad that they cannot be overpowered...

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Daily Devotion, January 29: A Challenge is Coming Next Week: Do You Fit God around Your Life, or Your Life Around God?

Daily Devotion, January 29: A Challenge is Coming Next Week: Do You Fit God around Your Life, or Your Life Around God?

And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:1-2   Good morning Prayer Team! For those who have been reading my...

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Our Nature and Original Sin

Our Nature and Original Sin

    Why would God put a tree in the center of a garden and then tell Adam and Even not to touch it?  Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Dr. Justin Jackson, Associate Professor of English at Hillsdale College, and  the main teacher and organizer of the St Macrina...

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