Meditation on the Epiphany [2]

Meditation on the Epiphany [2]

Fr. Lev Gillet   The day after Christmas is consecrated to the ‘synaxis of the Blessed Virgin Mary: all believers are invited to assemble in honour of her who made the Incarnation humanly possible. In the same way, the day after Epiphany (January 7) is consecrated to the ‘synaxis’ of...

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Meditation on the Epiphany [1]

Meditation on the Epiphany [1]

Fr. Lev Gillet* Epiphany was the first public manifestation of Christ. At the time of His birth, our Lord was revealed to a few privileged people. Today, all those who surround John, that is to say his own disciples and the crowd that has come to the banks of the...

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It feels the betrayal

It feels the betrayal

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Breaking the commandment brought about the fall, which is our separation from God and everything to do with Him. God accepted our repentance, return and submission to Him once He’d repaired our relationship through His own love and holiness. According to the Fathers, the most...

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It doesn’t go away

It doesn’t go away

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia   Some Christians, either through their own fault or that of others, become trapped in the sickness of guilt. Secular people become trapped in a worse sickness: that of pride. If you’re close to Christ, religious guilt disappears with repentance and confession. But the pride of...

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Christ and the Social Problem

Christ and the Social Problem

† Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou   The more that people are cleansed of the passions, the greater their capacity for real communion with God and other people. Those who take a romantic and external view of the human person transfer wickedness from the person...

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It has to find its way

It has to find its way

Saint Basil the Great   From our first steps in life, the soul must be brought to the performance of every kind of good work, when it’s still pliable, smooth and soft as wax. It responds easily, depending on the forms and shapes presented to it, by those who are...

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They feel alone

They feel alone

Elder Tadej Vitovničk   There are times when people despair and lose heart, which, in its own way, is a kind of pride. If people love the things of this world, they’re sure to be brought to disappointment, because they aren’t going to find God in them. All people feel...

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The Good of Our Soul

The Good of Our Soul

Saint Isaac the Syrian   It takes a great struggle, because the passions are very powerful. But by God’s grace those who are courageous and fight with all their strength will be victorious. Bodily effort and study of the holy Scriptures preserve the purity of the mind. And then it...

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On Not Despairing

On Not Despairing

Saint Amfilokhios Bishop of Iconium Saint Amfilokhios’ feast day is the 23rd November There was another brother who, after sinning, repented and then withdraw into solitude. It happened, though, that he struck his foot on a rock and injured it so badly that blood came pouring out of the wound....

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It doesn’t protest

It doesn’t protest

A wicked conscience is when people transgress God’s moral law, living in order to impose their own will, which is whatever their ego dictates. The conscience of these people has been distorted by their darkened understanding and the dominion of the law of sin. It no longer reacts, nor does...

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