Why pain and suffering?

Why pain and suffering?

Saint Paisios the Athonite The world is full of pain, fear and suffering. These feelings, without any exceptions, are experienced by all humans. It’s what causes our heart to ache, our mind to go hay-wire, and our emotions to become distorted. People often wonder: How have we had to handle...

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Choosing Suicide Over Suffering

Choosing Suicide Over Suffering

Listen as Fr. Chris talks with Dr. Ary Christofides, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the founder of Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute (OCCI), as they deconstruct the nature of suffering concerning terminally ill patients.  What can we do when fear and anxiety fill us as we face terminal illness? But first we...

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OCAMPR Announces Bishop Alexander (OCA) to Give Keynote at November Conference

OCAMPR Announces Bishop Alexander (OCA) to Give Keynote at November Conference

BROOKLINE, MA   The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion recently announced that His Grace, Bishop Alexander of Dallas, the South and the Bulgarian Diocese will deliver the opening keynote address at its annual conference at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology here November 3-5,...

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Suffering is Real

Be Transfigured – Suffering is Real Everyone tries, but we all know you can’t eliminate suffering. It is a real part of life that we have all experienced. Every person suffers, and when we take a moment to accept our own suffering rather than trying to escape from life, we grow...

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CrossRoaders Explore “Vocation & Suffering”

CrossRoaders Explore “Vocation & Suffering”

Early Tuesday morning, the CrossRoad participants went into Cambridge to break bread with the homeless. In small groups of one staff member and three or four students, the CrossRoaders approached people, bought them breakfast, and sat and ate with them, learning about their lives and getting to know them. It...

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For God is With Us

For God is With Us

Does God suffer when we suffer? Listen as His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia answers this question during a U.S lecture tour on aspects of Divine Compassion. In this recording, he is addressing the faithful at SS. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, IL. The lecture was...

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Suffering and God

Suffering and God

Q: Why does God allow suffering?  Is God either uncaring or incapable of helping? Is faith in God no longer justifiable? Does God know? Does God care? Is God a loving God? Is God blameless? Is God parental? Does part of the answer lie in the concept of Free Will,...

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Is Suffering Redemptive?

Is Suffering Redemptive?

The existence of suffering, and how to deal with it, challenges everyone. Does suffering have any meaning? Can it even be redemptive and a means of spiritual growth in Christ? In the video interview embedded above, originally aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1973, a journalist puts some of...

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