Dealing with Sickness

Dealing with Sickness

Saint Neofytos Recluse   So you should reflect on your sins and say ‘Glory to You, Lord, for You’re punishing me justly’. Recollect that, before, you’d forgotten God and say: ‘Glory to You, Lord, that you’ve given me cause and reason to remember You frequently’. Think about the fact that,...

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It turns round and round about

It turns round and round about

Saint Nilos the Ascetic   If you’re bound, you can’t run. Nor is a mind that works like a slave for some passion or other capable of real prayer. Because it’s dragged here and there by its impassioned thoughts and can’t be still. You’ll never manage to pray purely if...

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The proper intention – Feast day of St Agatha

The proper intention – Feast day of St Agatha

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   The Lord always seeks to find the proper intention in man for it is said that ‘Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver’ (2 Corinthians, 9, 7). He also urges:...

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Avoid them

Avoid them

Saint Iakovos Tsalikis   If we’re not spiritually strong and another person’s behaviour bothers us, let’s not condemn them. Better to avoid them and to have no truck or dealings with them. And if they’re heretics, then we should avoid them entirely and have nothing to do with them. Because...

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Animosity

Animosity

Monk Arsenios of the Skete of Koutloumousiou, the Holy Mountain   According to Saint John of the Ladder, pride means: ‘Denial of God, an invention of the demons’. To put it more simply, pride was discovered and invented by the devil. Lucifer refused to render veneration and worship to his...

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Is this possible?

Is this possible?

Elder Sophrony of Essex   The path of the Christian is like this, in general terms. Initially, we’re attracted to God with the gift of grace, and once we’ve been thus attracted, then there begins a long period of trial. Our freedom is tested, as is our trust in God,...

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He doesn’t have the right

He doesn’t have the right

Elder Cleopa Ilie   Satan has neither the power nor permission to lord it over us, to deceive us and bend our will towards sin. He simply brings us into temptation through a variety of ploys, fantasies and recollections, with our feelings, the weaknesses of our nature, with pleasures and...

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Divine and Human Love in the Song of Songs

Divine and Human Love in the Song of Songs

† Elder Placide Deseille, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in France   Reading the Song in the light of Church tradition and the experience of the holy Fathers we can tell ourselves: ‘It’s absolutely clear that our Lord Jesus loves us who are members of...

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The Song of Songs as Divine Revelation (2)

The Song of Songs as Divine Revelation (2)

† Elder Placide Deseille, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in France   Christ’s love for each of us is absolutely unshakeable and unblemished. Our familiarity with Him can’t be lost unless we knowingly cease to take account of His will and no longer communicate with...

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The Song of Songs and Divine Love

The Song of Songs and Divine Love

† Elder Placide Deseille, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in France   In memory of Papa-Efraim Katounakiotis The Song of Songs is the jewel of the Old Testament and, together with the Gospel of Saint John the Theologian, constitutes the centre of divine Revelation. It...

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