Basil the Great Writes to Saint Gregory the Theologian – 2

Basil the Great Writes to Saint Gregory the Theologian – 2

Archimandrite Symeon Krayiopoulos †   It should be noted here that the Niptic Fathers, among whom were Saint Gregory Palamas and Saint Nikodimos the Athonite, used this last passage in Saint Basil in order to establish and interpret the cyclical method of the prayer of the heart. 2) Saint Basil...

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May the Phos Be With You Redux: Luke Skywalker

May the Phos Be With You Redux: Luke Skywalker

No discussion of Star Wars is complete without a look at Luke Skywalker, the young boy from Tatooine who finds himself at the center of a galactic struggle between good and evil. When it comes to his character, it is easy to get caught up in all the battles he...

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The Theology of Gender – 13. St. Basil’s pastoral care for the integrity of marriage

The Theology of Gender – 13. St. Basil’s pastoral care for the integrity of marriage

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   Since physical abuse of women and children was not a rare phenomenon for that era, when St. Basil disqualifies “abuse” as a cause for divorce, he does not refer to women subjected to severe violence. The Church Fathers did not ignore that reality is sometimes hard and...

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