Prayer Presupposes Faith

Prayer Presupposes Faith

By Elder Moses the Athonite Prayer presupposes faith. People who don’t pray are without help, uncertain, blind and alone. They’re earthbound, not knowing how to fly aloft, to burn bright in the sky, to enjoy the necessary celestial support. They’re magnetized, bound, firmly attached to corruptible, earthly things. It’s not...

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Peace of Heart is Established Little by Little

Peace of Heart is Established Little by Little

By Saint Nicodemus Haghiorite Your constant care should be not to let your heart become agitated or troubled, but to use every effort to keep it peaceful and calm. Seeing your efforts and endeavours, God will send you His grace and will make your soul a city of peace. Then...

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Ο ταπεινός και καλός σπορέας

Ο ταπεινός και καλός σπορέας

“Η πνευματική καλλιέργεια είναι έργο σύνθετο. Προυποθέτει τον καλό γεωργό αλλά και την καλή γη. Και ο φρόνιμος και ταπεινός γεωργός παρακαλεί ταυτόχρονα τον Θεό να ευλογήσει τον κόπο του, το χωράφι του για να γίνει η σοδειά αφορμή για χαρές κι όχι για λύπες”.   _______________________________ Posted by the...

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When God Says No….and My Mother’s Death

When God Says No….and My Mother’s Death

The past year or so has given me many occasions to prove my faith. It has been difficult at times, but I held on. I gave my worries over to God. I asked Him to help me carry these burdens. I held onto the hope that things would improve, and...

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The Violent Take It By Force

The Violent Take It By Force

“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matt 11: 12) Join Veronica Hughes, St. Paul, and other Saints of the Church for the first of a 2 part series on Spiritual Violence to explore...

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In Success – Thanking God

In Success – Thanking God

The earthly mind is confined to itself. When it accomplishes something, it takes full credit for the accomplishment, and self-centeredly assumes that what is accomplished is the result only of the efforts, talents and abilities that it enjoys. The reverent mind transcends itself, and understands that whatever accomplishments we achieve...

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Flash Floods in Serbia

Flash Floods in Serbia

Flash floods swept across eastern Serbia Tuesday afternoon, leaving behind widespread destruction. This video, uploaded yesterday, shows a violent force of water surging between homes and carrying away massive amounts of debris, trees, and even vehicles. In the wake of such devastation—and many other hurting communities that are not given...

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How to Make an Olive Oil Vigil Lamp for Your Icon Corner

How to Make an Olive Oil Vigil Lamp for Your Icon Corner

“And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually.” (Exodus 27.20) As a child, I remember always having an olive oil vigil lamp to light up the icons in my room. It...

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Suicide, Hell, and God’s Mercy

Suicide, Hell, and God’s Mercy

As I’ve written before, I have quite recently and for a few years now been struggling through the depression of a loved one. Robin Williams’ tragedy has me thinking more about the consequences of suicide — wondering, worrying, and hoping in God’s Mercy. As someone who grew up Catholic, I...

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Suicide Prevention: What Works, What Doesn’t

Suicide Prevention: What Works, What Doesn’t

When I heard the news that Robin Williams completed his suicide, all I could do was make the sign of the cross, say a small prayer for his soul, and cry. I felt as though I had lost a friend. I still do. I, like so many, grew up watching...

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