How Did You Hear about God?

How Did You Hear about God?

The Apostles Teach Us Did your parents tell you stories from the Bible? Did your godparent tell you something? Did you listen to our priest? Does your church school class talk about God? Maybe you learned about the Lord from all of these! Saint Paul tells us today in the...

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The Word of God (Luke 8, 5-15)

The Word of God (Luke 8, 5-15)

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘The seed is the Word of God’. The Lord often spoke in similes and parables. One of the most important of the parables is that of the sower. A farmer sowed his seed in a field and it fell on four...

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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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In a strange manner

In a strange manner

Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos   Abbas Pimen had a wonderful saying: ‘Bind yourself to a man who fears God and you will have fear of God’. Who is it who really fears God? People who are without passions, are virtuous, sanctified, and constantly repenting. And how beneficial it is for us...

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Joys and Sorrows are from God

Joys and Sorrows are from God

Saint Theophan the Recluse   On earth, there are more sorrows than joys. And just as the latter are sent by God, so the former are allowed by Him. For a variety of reasons. On occasion so that we bestir ourselves from spiritual hibernation. On another so that we can...

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The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   There are ecclesiastical terms which, I think, are difficult today for people to understand. One such is ‘The Kingdom of God’. It seems to refer to dominion, authority, and dominance. This is why, when we say ‘May the Kingdom of God come to pass on earth’...

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Can You Imagine Giving a Gift to God?

Can You Imagine Giving a Gift to God?

God Shares Our Gifts! What would you give Him? He could have anything! In today’s Gospel reading, we hear the story we all know—the wonderful miracle story of the feeding of the 5,000 men (plus women and children!). In the story, remember, the people came to listen to Jesus speak....

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“Thank God for everything that happens”

“Thank God for everything that happens”

Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis † Above all pray without ceasing and thank God for everything that happens to you (Rule of Anthony the Great) Anthony the Great is a realist. His rules or canons aren’t some formula he’s found and thrown to us. Each of them has something unique concerning the...

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God Gives Us Something to Bring Us Closer

God Gives Us Something to Bring Us Closer

Did you know God gives us Something to Bring us Closer to Him? A long time ago, the “custodian” was a helper in the household who took the kids to school to learn. Or sometimes, the “custodian” was somebody who taught the children in the house, like a tutor. He...

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Just the same

Just the same

Saint Gregory of Nyssa   All the other capacities which we glimpse around the divine nature surpass the measure of human understanding, but lowliness is implanted within us and co-exists with those who come from below, are composed of earthly material and who return to the ground. You acquire the...

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