The Foundation of Spiritual Life and Spiritual Fatherhood’s Mystery

The Foundation of Spiritual Life and Spiritual Fatherhood’s Mystery

Elder Elisaios, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras, Mt Athos, Greece, speaks on spiritual life’s content and the Mystery of spiritual Fatherhood. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK  The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the...

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The Connection Between the Physical and Spiritual Heart

The Connection Between the Physical and Spiritual Heart

Have you ever been around someone who, without saying a word, made you feel calm, peaceful, and loved? In the opposite way, have you ever been around someone who, without words, made you feel uncomfortable or agitated?  Would you believe that these feelings are caused by that person’s state of...

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Πνευματική Kαλλιέργεια- Spiritual Cultivation

Πνευματική Kαλλιέργεια- Spiritual Cultivation

Ο καλός γεωργός, ο καλός ποιμενας, παρακαλεί το Θεό να ευλογήσει το έργο του, το χωράφι του τους κόπους και τις προσδοκίες του ώστε να γίνει η σοδειά του αφορμή για χαρές κι όχι για λύπες. The good farmer prays to God to bless his work, his field, his labour,...

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An Animated Version of Fr. Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living

An Animated Version of Fr. Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living

Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko reposed in the Lord on March 18 of this year. He was an influential figure in American Orthodoxy, in part due to his long tenure at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and in part due to the popular nature of his lectures, talks, and writings. He spoke well and...

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Fr. Roman Braga’s Spirituality of Joy

Fr. Roman Braga’s Spirituality of Joy

Two days ago, I saw various reports online that Fr. Roman Braga is ill. He was the definitive influence on my life as a teen, and my confessor for many years. So, I went to YouTube to hear his voice again. There’s one documentary about his suffering for 11 years...

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Conversations with Abba Isaac: Kung Fu and the Way of the Ant

Conversations with Abba Isaac: Kung Fu and the Way of the Ant

As was the case with many young men who grew up during the 80’s and 90’s, I went through a period of deep fascination with Kung-Fu movies.  There was something intrinsically appealing about a story where a young man could spend a few days with a Kung-Fu master or read...

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A Thousand Years Are As One Day: Life on Mt. Athos

A Thousand Years Are As One Day: Life on Mt. Athos

Long before 60 Minutes produced a documentary about life on Mt. Athos, some French filmmakers managed to obtain permission in the early 80s to take extensive footage of the famous Athonite monastery of Simonopetra. The result is the distinctive documentary embedded above, which provides a window into many aspects of monastic...

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