We should condemn ourselves

We should condemn ourselves

Saint Theophan the Recluse   The first step towards pride is vanity, that is the conviction that I’m somebody. The next step is conceit, that is the feeling not only that I’m somebody, but I’m important as regards God and other people. From vanity and conceit arise a host of...

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Join the Conversation: For the Life of the World

Join the Conversation: For the Life of the World

The new document, entitled For the Life of the World:  Toward an Orthodox Social Ethos, was recently endorsed by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The culmination of work over two years by a special commission of theologians (clergy and laity, men and women), appointed by His...

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Part VIII—My Secret Heart

Part VIII—My Secret Heart

HOLD FAST But test everything; hold fast to what is good. I Thessalonians 5:21 Part VIII—My Secret Heart Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Psalm 51:6 Deep inside each person is something Psalm 51 refers to as “my secret heart.” This...

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