The Meaning of Christian Asceticism (1)

The Meaning of Christian Asceticism (1)

Metropolitan Symeon of Nea Smyrni   As Christians, we’re always striving. The Christian life is a continual, ceaseless struggle. But the period of Great Lent, as a time of preparation for the celebration of Easter, the greatest feast, requires a more intense effort, more fervent zeal and a more methodical...

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Love as the Essence of Orthodox Asceticism

Love as the Essence of Orthodox Asceticism

Protopresbyter Georgios Schinas   You might ask why it is that we today, who are less ascetic as Christians, are overcome with fear and trembling when we hear about asceticism. It makes us feel somewhat uncomfortable. This is because we’ve lost sight of a great truth of our faith. It’s...

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Asceticism or Pleasure?

Asceticism or Pleasure?

If I was to ask any Christian what is more detrimental to your spiritual life, asceticism or pleasure, I think the answer would be asceticism. Pleasure is good, it is what God wants for us, right…? Let us look at two examples from the Bible, the first is Solomon, who...

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What Does It Mean to Take Up Our Cross

What Does It Mean to Take Up Our Cross

The great 19th century Russian bishop, St. Ignatius Brianchaninov, delivered the following sermon on a famous text from Holy Scripture: “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me,” (Mk. 8:34). Dear brothers and sisters! We too are disciples of our Lord...

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