The Good of Our Soul

The Good of Our Soul

Saint Isaac the Syrian   It takes a great struggle, because the passions are very powerful. But by God’s grace those who are courageous and fight with all their strength will be victorious. Bodily effort and study of the holy Scriptures preserve the purity of the mind. And then it...

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On the need to cut off the passions quickly before the soul becomes used to them

On the need to cut off the passions quickly before the soul becomes used to them

Abba Dorotheos Set your minds, brethren, to the examination of your affairs and don’t neglect yourselves, because even a little neglect can lead us into great danger. I lately paid a visit to a monk and found him recovering from an illness. As we were talking I learned that he’d...

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LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory – What happens to the Soul After Death

LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory – What happens to the Soul After Death

Every other week Fr. Gregory goes LIVE on OCN Facebook and has a worldwide audience of questions and answers with viewers and supporters like you. ABOUT FR. GREGORY JOYCE Fr. Gregory Joyce is the Rector of St. Vladimir’s Church, part of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Fr. Gregory served...

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Your Soul is the Most Valuable Thing You Have

Your Soul is the Most Valuable Thing You Have

Jesus said, “For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his (soul)?  For what can a man give in return for his (soul)?”  Mark 8: 36-37  (Gospel of the Third Sunday of Lent-Sunday of the Holy Cross)   Good morning Prayer Team! Every time...

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Cultivating a Noble Soul: Learning from the Charleston Massacre

Cultivating a Noble Soul: Learning from the Charleston Massacre

“You took something very precious away from me,” said Nadine Collier, daughter of 70-year-old Ethel Lance, one of the nine people killed in the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. “I will never talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again. But...

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From: “Being Body and Spirit”

From: “Being Body and Spirit”

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because...

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Treasuring Simplicity

Treasuring Simplicity

Orthodox Christians treasure simplicity. We venerate St Anthony the Great, and the countless monastics who followed him into the desert, forsaking the distractions of a sophisticated lifestyle for a place where they had nothing to worry about except following Christ and fighting the devil. We venerate the holy martyrs, who...

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