When We Find Ourselves on the Floor

When We Find Ourselves on the Floor

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your merciful love. -Psalm 50:1 This psalm appears again and again in our worship, throughout the cycle of daily services, and in private prayer. Even when I hear just one line, the whole psalm comes flooding through my mind, along with the...

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Thank God You’re Not like Those Sinners

Thank God You’re Not like Those Sinners

Wherever you look, you are surrounded by sinners. You spend your days fasting and keeping all the “rules” of the Church, and every night you thank God that you’re not like those sinners you know in the world. Did you ever stop to think, YOU might be sinning? Did you...

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Zacchaeus and the Salvation of Sinners

Zacchaeus and the Salvation of Sinners

Zacchaeus lives in the Church, abiding as an image of us all. In some sense, everyone of us is Zacchaeus, for everyone of us is a sinner at heart. That is why Zacchaeus is invoked and his example recalled every time the priest enters someone’s home to invoke the presence...

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Position on Pornography

Position on Pornography

According to surveys, nearly one ­third of Orthodox Christian teens are unsure whether pornography is right or wrong.1 This is approximately the same number as that of teens who are unsure whether premarital sex is right or wrong.2 This is very telling in two ways. First, teens who are unsure about...

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Klaus Kenneth: The Real Life and Meaningful Happiness, Part 2

Klaus Kenneth: The Real Life and Meaningful Happiness, Part 2

In this part, author Klaus Kenneth stresses the value of concentration during prayer. He also states that by prayer, people enter into eternity and the old, sinful and passionate man dies and is reborn a new man. In this way, the human being is released from ego, from slavery to...

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Being Convicted by the Gospel

Being Convicted by the Gospel

The Gospel of Christ is a comfort to sinners but can convict the righteous. The invitation of Christ for all sinners to join Him at the Table, is a comfort to us when acknowledge our sinfulness, but it is should also convict us to repentance. Christ has given us His...

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Σπλάχνα οικτηρμών

Σπλάχνα οικτηρμών

“Οσοι θέλουμε να πορευόμαστε στην ορθή ευαγγελική οδό πρέπει να αναλογιστούμε τον τρόπο της αντιμετώπισης του φαινομένου της αμαρτίας και των αμαρτωλών. Αυτός ο τρόπος βρίσκεται μέσα μας. Έτσι θα αποκτήσουμε σπλάχνα οικτηρμών για τους συναθρώπους μας και θα βιώνουμε την αληθινή αγάπη που είναι ο ίδιος ο Χριστός” _____________________________________________...

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 4

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 4

According to St. Silouan, and our entire Orthodox tradition, spiritual life entails spiritual warfare. This is a primary point that we must fully acknowledge and accept as we strive to live our lives in Christ. For the majority of believers, this spiritual warfare refers primarily to the encounter with evil...

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The Sacrament of Confession

The Sacrament of Confession

The odds are that the Sacrament of Confession is everyone’s least favourite sacrament. Not “the least needed,” just “the least favourite.” No one likes to look inside himself to survey and itemize the mess he finds there. It is like opening the fridge door and finding a large jar of...

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Can I be Eastern Orthodox and Express Artistic Creativity?

Can I be Eastern Orthodox and Express Artistic Creativity?

Recently I was asked whether it is possible to be an Eastern Orthodox creative artist, which surprised me. The person wrote that whenever he reads a current Orthodox article, it appears to be about monks, or about icon writing, or about chanting. He has read no recent article or blog...

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