The Good Samaritan: Love above Divisions

The Good Samaritan: Love above Divisions

Varnavas, Metropolitan of Neapolis and Stavroupolis   In the text of the Old Testament, we read that, when Cain killed Abel, God asked him where his brother was. Still angry, he retorted: “I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”. This question, so full of hate and indifference, is answered...

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Cheap Love

Cheap Love

Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis †   Like many, if not all, Elders on the Mountain, Elder Aimilianos was very loving towards those in his spiritual charge- in his case the monks at Simonos Petras and the nuns at Ormylia. But, to use a colloquial expression, ‘he took no prisoners’. A young...

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Saint John Chrysostom, Homily 67 on St. John

Saint John Chrysostom, Homily 67 on St. John

Saint John Chrysostom   ‘Anyone who loves their soul will lose it, while anyone who hates their soul in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me’. This present existence is sweet and full of much pleasure. Not to everyone, but to those who...

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Love is the Criterion of Faith and Works (2nd Sunday of Luke)

Love is the Criterion of Faith and Works (2nd Sunday of Luke)

Georgios Patronos, Emeritus Professor of Theology, University of Athens   The Gospel reading for 2nd Luke comes from the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount. In Saint Matthew’s Gospel, in which almost all Jesus’ teaching during his public ministry is gathered together, emphasis is placed on the overall context of the...

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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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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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Let us love one another

Let us love one another

Archimandrite Nikon Koutsidis   During the Divine Liturgy, just before the recitation of the Creed, the priest urges the faithful: ‘Let us love one another, that with one mind we may confess’. Confess what? The people reply (through the singers): ‘Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Trinity consubstantial and undivided’. In...

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Good training

Good training

Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis   Forbearance is a virtue of a generous and noble soul. It’s founded on love for your neighbor. It’s magnanimity, high-mindedness and is a friend of meekness. Forbearance is testimony to a soul well trained and expresses itself as sympathy, philanthropy, modesty and justice. Source: pemptousia.com

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Miracle, Hope and Love

Miracle, Hope and Love

Protopresbyter Themistoklis Mourtzanos   And Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your pallet.’ And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Why do people seek miracles in their lives in order...

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