Love as a Feeling and as an Uncreated Gift of the Holy Trinity (Meat-fare Sunday)

Love as a Feeling and as an Uncreated Gift of the Holy Trinity (Meat-fare Sunday)

Vasileios Touloumtsis   It’s an unshakeable and irrefutable truth that every day of our earthly life is- apart from anything else- another step that brings us ever closer to our biological death. Despite the fact that this is the most certain event which will occur to each and every one...

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A Journey with Sinners, Lunatics and Lovers..

A Journey with Sinners, Lunatics and Lovers..

Fr. Spyridon Skoutis   A lot of hesitations… Some people don’t want to go to confession, others are driven mad by being woken up early to go to church, the fast seems like a mountain, but dieting for the beach is a child’s game. You see a priest on the...

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Helping Teens Understand Love

Helping Teens Understand Love

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/crtl021316wv.mp3 Listen Now.Love.  This gift of God is expressed in joy, patience, service…  But our modern society has also distorted it, devalued it to a feeling for objects or to be expressed inappropriately towards people.  Listen as Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis, of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL, speaks...

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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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The Self-Sacrifice of Love for our Neighbour

The Self-Sacrifice of Love for our Neighbour

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis, Theologian   Today’s Gospel reading is the well-known parable of the Good Samaritan. The immediate message of the reading is obvious- that we should aid those in distress- but the following commentary puts this teaching into context. Christ is approached by a lawyer, asked a question meant...

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Knowledge of God is Achieved through Love for Him

Knowledge of God is Achieved through Love for Him

Christoforos Papadopoulos, Theologian   It’s been said that good is to be identified with God, and that therefore knowledge of it is tantamount to knowledge of God. And because God’s a person, not an idea, knowledge of Him is realized through personal communication with Him. The more we love God...

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Do you Judge with Love or Misanthropy?

Do you Judge with Love or Misanthropy?

Saint John Chrysostom   From Homily XIII on the Gospel of Saint Matthew If you forgive your neighbours, before you free them of any burden, you release yourself from your sins, without any effort. And if you examine the sins of others with charity and leniency, by this judgement you...

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On Love

On Love

Saint Isaac the Syrian   Practical love Just as oil maintains the light of a lamp, so charity feeds the soul with true knowledge of God. The key for the heart to acquire divine gifts is given through love for our neighbour. How wonderful and praiseworthy is love for our...

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The Selfless Nature of Love

The Selfless Nature of Love

What does Christianity look like? That’s a question I’ve asked myself over the years as I’ve encountered groups/churches/cults all purporting to teach true Christianity. I’ve heard those who want to implement the Old Testament laws as the law of the land, a sort of ‘Christian’ Sharia law. I’ve met those...

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Those who truly love God

Those who truly love God

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   Who are those who truly love God, where does their love for Him come from and how is it shown? What are the works of our love for God as regards our neighbours? And that love is the culmination of the old and the...

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