Who is a ‘Good Christian?’

Who is a ‘Good Christian?’

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   The view of many people regarding ‘good Christians’ conflicts with that of the Gospel and Holy Fathers and Mothers, that is, the Church. If ‘good Christians’ are those who apply the Ten Commandments or, at least, some moral list of what to do and what to...

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Values and social life

Values and social life

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   The concept of value is often used in a moral, social, economic, aesthetic and religious context. Value is a quality or idea which is cultivated and experienced on a personal and social level. It is...

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Conversations with Father Zacharias – The risk of creation

Conversations with Father Zacharias – The risk of creation

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: If Christ has come and has made us a new creation, why is the law of sin still so active in us? Archim. Zacharias: Christ has not come to abolish the freedom of man. Man is still free to accept or not to accept Him....

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The Divine Invitation

The Divine Invitation

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Hermeneutics, A. U. Th.   The Gospel readings which the Church has appointed to be read at the Divine Liturgy from the end of September (actually from the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Precious Cross) until Christmas, are all taken from Saint...

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Sermon on the 1st Sunday of Luke (Luke 5: 1-11)

Sermon on the 1st Sunday of Luke (Luke 5: 1-11)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   What should be admired first from what the Evangelist Luke told us today? The people of Galilee, who thirsted to hear the words of Jesus? They filled the shore of Lake Gennesaret as soon as they learned that Jesus was there, and they longed to...

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Conversations with Father Zacharias – Envy

Conversations with Father Zacharias – Envy

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: Is pride the cause of jealousy? Archim. Zacharias: There may be many causes, but above all it is lack of trust in God Who gives all things to all men. In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the Father says to his elder son: ‘Why...

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Conversations with Father Zacharias – Charismatic Theocracy

Conversations with Father Zacharias – Charismatic Theocracy

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Saint Silouan says that he never found an Elder that reached the measure of his father, who was so kind-hearted. He desired a meek Elder, not a fearful one with a mighty hand. Before he met Saint Silouan, Father Sophrony had cried burning tears asking for...

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Homily on the Holy Great Martyr and equal to the Apostles Thekla

Homily on the Holy Great Martyr and equal to the Apostles Thekla

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Our Church commemorates on the 24th of September a prominent saint, one of the great women of the Apostolic age, St. Thekla, the great Champion of the Faith.   She was born in Iconium (today’s Konya) around the year 28 AD, to a pagan family.   The Saint...

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Conversations with Father Zacharias – More on love

Conversations with Father Zacharias – More on love

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Question: Sometimes it is difficult to accept that our God of love can pronounce such words as ‘outer darkness’ (Matt. 8:12) or ‘the worm that dies not’ (Mark 9:44). Archim. Zacharias: On the one hand He says, ‘Him that cometh to Me I will in no...

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On Love (2)

On Love (2)

Elder Germanos Stavrovouniotis   There’s love in a Godly manner, but there’s also love in a devilish manner. There’s Godly hatred and also devilish hatred. Godly love is that which springs from the observance of His commandments. Devilish love is demonic, hedonistic, malevolent, such as, for example that which a...

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Sunday after the Exaltation: Being and Having

Sunday after the Exaltation: Being and Having

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Hermeneutics, A. U. Th.   The real scourge of humankind, particularly nowadays, is the feeling of insecurity and uncertainty which is the concomitant of sin, of our effort to revolt, that is, our desire to become ‘the masters of our fate’ and thereby...

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On Love

On Love

Elder Germanos Stavrovouniotis   Those who strive to achieve perfect love, both for God and for their neighbor, can also confess our Lord Jesus Christ ‘in the Holy Spirit’ (see 1 Cor. 12, 3). You have to believe that God loves you even if everybody else turns away from you...

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