On Suffering Temptations Calmly and Gladly (1)

On Suffering Temptations Calmly and Gladly (1)

Abba Dorotheos   Abba Pimin was right to say that the sign of a true monk is how he reacts to temptation. According to the Wisdom of Sirach (2, 1), a monk who truly comes to work for God should prepare his soul against temptations, so that he won’t be...

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Protecting the Church We Love

Protecting the Church We Love

The bark of the Christian Church sails through troubled waters these days. Mega-scandals have assaulted Christian communities throughout the United States and the world, scandals of a grave dimension, scandals which can only be described as sin, as the pervasiveness of evil, and as the failure of Christians and their...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Fellowship of His Sufferings

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Fellowship of His Sufferings

“The fellowship of His sufferings” is, of course, the widely-known phrase written by my dear Patron St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians. I have found myself puzzled by what has seemed in the past to be a lofty and somewhat inaccessible concept. This also has come under much...

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Praying in All Weather: Honoring the Saints and the 40 Holy Martyrs of Sebaste

Praying in All Weather: Honoring the Saints and the 40 Holy Martyrs of Sebaste

I’ll be honest: I dislike winter. I weary of gunmetal gray skies. The cold exhausts me. No matter how many layers I wear, I can’t seem to get warm. Getting out of bed in the morning is a struggle. As I wait on the bus stop, the wind bites into...

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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

Sponsored By: Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute (OCCI) Join us 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...

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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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