Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
“The dispassionate man isn’t the man who has no passions but the man who doesn’t act on them.” St. Isaac the Syrian
As we close the last days of the Lenten season we might have found ourselves in uncharted territory. Was our thinking always clear? Were we as “in control” of our thoughts as we expected to be? Did we find an inner depth of who we are or how we think that surprised us?
We have a weakness in ourselves, always seeking and searching where our excess leaves us feeling more empty. “A refrigerator full of food with nothing to eat. A TV full of movies with nothing to watch.”
But what are we searching for? Or better yet, what are we afraid we will find?
In this video, with the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios, Archimandrite Maximos Constas from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology speaks to the Holy Metropolis of Toronto.
His keynote spiritual address is titled Our Thoughts and Mental Health: An Orthodox Perspective. The homily was given at the Church of St. Nicholas in Toronto on Saturday, April 9, 2016.
Approximately 400 pious faithful of different nationalities came to listen to Fr. Maximos talk about Logismoi and the need to strengthen our relationship with Christ.
The address, delivered in English and Greek, lasted roughly one-hour and was followed by a Question and Answer session facilitated by Mr. E. Sotiropoulos, the organizer of the event. Topics include road rage, spouses, temptations, humility, limitations of psychology and pagan practices such as yoga and meditation.
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