The Spiritual Father

The Spiritual Father

Saint Anthimos of Chios   1 January 1946 “Behold, I and the children God has given me”. I didn’t want to have children in the world by the flesh and God gave me you to have as my spiritual children. That saying comforts me and I imagine it brings you...

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Ingratitude and Thanks

Ingratitude and Thanks

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Hermeneutics, A. U. Th.   ‘Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in...

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The New Martyr Athanasios from Limnos

The New Martyr Athanasios from Limnos

Elder Moses the Athonite †   He was born on the island of Limnos, and, as a young man, went to the Holy Mountain, where he was placed under obedience to an Elder of the Great Lavra. During the Greek revolution, he was taken prisoner, carried off to Egypt and...

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New Martyr George of Ioannina (+1838)

New Martyr George of Ioannina (+1838)

George was born in 1808 in the village Tsourchli in what is now Grevena Prefecture, Greece, the son of a poor farmer Constantine and his wife Vasilo. Orphaned at a young age and without any formal education, George moved to Ioannina and became a servant of the Turks, employed in...

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The Mystery of the Church and the Phenomenon of Heresies

The Mystery of the Church and the Phenomenon of Heresies

Protopresbyter Vasileios Georgopoulos   The phenomenon of heresies has been present from the first steps of the Church towards preaching the Gospel to the world. It’s a phenomenon which, from as early as the Apostolic Age, has been considered an expression of the mystery of lawlessness (II Thess. 2, 7)....

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What they give up

What they give up

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   People who are ambitious, sensual or avaricious can’t bear the threat, the mockery or the contempt of other people; the denial of their pleasures; or financial losses. And so they abandon the things that are heavenly and imperishable for the sake of those which...

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Life and Time according to Basil the Great (1)

Life and Time according to Basil the Great (1)

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Basil the Great experienced the relationship between time and life and presented it in the most penetrating manner in his written works. His teaching on the subject, which had a profound effect on later theology...

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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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A Little Light and the Darkness will become Heaven

A Little Light and the Darkness will become Heaven

Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos   Our secularized age aims at involving us in the pleasures of consumerism. It has even turned religion into a consumer item. This is why the latter has been restricted in its functions to customs, symbols and metaphysics. Society doesn’t understand, and doesn’t want to understand, that...

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From the Post-Modern Persona to the Person

From the Post-Modern Persona to the Person

Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery   The theology of the person, as this is revealed in the hesychast ascetic tradition, is the most significant counter-argument to post-modern individualism and relativism. The ascetics of introversion and of conscious tranquillity (hesychia) is not a psychological proposition but the authentic and...

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What do they reject?

What do they reject?

Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos   Monastics leave the world because they reject its unwholesome spirit. But in leaving the world, they don’t abandon the human person. Proof of this is that people come and find them, they come and attach themselves to them, they come and want some sort of communication,...

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‘Our Thirst and Christ’s Baptism’

‘Our Thirst and Christ’s Baptism’

Protopresbyter Haralambos Papadopoulos   What does the service of the Blessing of the Waters on the day of the feast of the Theophany really have to say to us people today? What does this ancient Christian feast mean for us? Does it answer any deeper existential question we may have?...

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