Dimitris Karavasilis was born and grew up in Imvros, Turkey. He attended the Turkish primary school, while at the same time secretly learning the basic Greek language. Forced to emigrate, he settled in Greece. He went on to study both Theology and Greek Literature at the University of Athens, where he also attended post-graduate classes in the field of Comparative Paedagogics. He has been a radio producer at the local ecclesiastical radio station of the Metropolis of Pereus for 23 years. He still teaches religion and ethics at the High School level.
Listen as Dimitris Karavasilis, host of True Life- a Greek production of the Orthodox Christian Network, offers a reflection to enlighten our daily lives with the light of Scripture and wisdom of the Church fathers. This week: The Cup of Sorrow.
Το ποτήρι των θλίψεων
Ποια είναι η ορθόδοξη διδασκαλία για τις θλίψεις στη ζωή μας; Την απάντηση προσπαθεί να δώσει ο Άγιος Ιγνάτιος Μπριαντσανίνωφ, η οποία απάντηση παρουσιάζεται σε αυτή την εκπομπή.
The Cup of Sorrow
Listen as Dimitris talks about the Orthodox teaching of sorrow according to the teaching of Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov.
St. Ignatius (Branchininov) was one of the leading spiritual writers of 19th Century Russia. He became a monk in 1831 and the bishop of the Caucasus and the Black Sea in 1857. He devoted much of his life to writing spiritual works. He reposed in 1867 and was canonized in 1988. His feast day is celebrated on April 30th.
Thousands have fallen in love with the anonymously authored book The Way of a Pilgrim—the account of an ordinary man’s encounter with the Eastern Orthodox Christian practice of the Jesus Prayer, which consists of the constant repetition of the short phrase, “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me.” Here is the perfect introduction to this life-changing practice, as it was taught by one of the great spiritual lights of Russia. Bishop Ignatius Brianchaniov (1807–1867) provides wise instruction and advice covering all aspects of the practice, from how to get started, to approaching difficulties that arise, to dealing with friends and family who don’t get what you’re doing, to making this prayer (also called the Prayer of the Heart) the foundation of your life. (AMAZON description)
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