Depending on the zeal

Depending on the zeal

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Those who follow the path of Christ’s commandments are reborn spiritually and are transfigured. It’s not the same for everyone to the same extent, but depends on their zeal. They’re crucified with Jesus Christ and divine Grace makes them resemble Him Whom they love. Herein...

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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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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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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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They fear responsibility

They fear responsibility

Elder Gavriil Tsafos   Why do so many young people fear marriage? Because they’re afraid of the responsibilities. It’s not that there aren’t any good young people, but they fear responsibility. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of...

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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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Answer and solution

Answer and solution

Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos   People today should avail themselves of the intercession of the Mother of God, which saves us. In every sadness and problem, we shouldn’t forget that there is the ‘help of the sorrowing, the protector, the defender, the consolation of the fearful’, to whom we can turn...

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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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