Admitting When We Are Wrong

Admitting When We Are Wrong

Have you ever played a game with somebody…somebody who wouldn’t admit when he was wrong? Maybe he stepped out of bounds, but then he wouldn’t admit it! Maybe he peeked in hide and seek, but then he wouldn’t admit it! You know how frustrating it is when  somebody won’t say...

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Christ Himself says He’s our friend

Christ Himself says He’s our friend

Saint Porfyrios Kavsolkalyvitis   We should feel that Christ’s our friend, because He is. He says so Himself when He says: ‘You are my friends…’. We should look upon Him and approach Him as a friend. Do we fall? Do we sin? With familiarity, love and trust we should run...

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Indifference to those who are Sinning is a Sin in Itself

Indifference to those who are Sinning is a Sin in Itself

Christos Karadimos   Should we not care about those who are sinning? The answer given by Saint Basil the Great is negative, since he says that we shouldn’t be indifferent to our fellow human beings who are sinning. He bases his opinion on Holy Scripture. Saint Basil says that the...

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It provoked a schism

It provoked a schism

Elder Tadej Vitovničk   Humanity was united, but sin caused a breach among us and we no longer have this unity. This is why the Lord became human: in order to reconnect what had been broken asunder by sin. The angels in the Kingdom of God think alike and agree...

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Can God Forgive the Same Sin Over and Over?

Can God Forgive the Same Sin Over and Over?

Answers to questions surrounding the Christian faith. Email us yours at: info@myocn.net Question: Can God Forgive the Same Sin Over and Over?   Answer:   As a parish priest, I can say that yes, God forgives the same sin over and over as many times as we confess the same sin...

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How Does Free Will Affect My Faith?

How Does Free Will Affect My Faith?

Answers to questions surrounding the Christian faith. Email us yours at: info@myocn.net Question: So does free will affect my faith? Absolutely! Answer: I grew up in a context in which the notion of libertarian freedom (freedom of the will) was routinely undermined. I can still remember sitting in our family...

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Saint Mary of Egypt

Saint Mary of Egypt

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom † 16 April 1989 In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. We keep today the memory of Saint Mary of Egypt in the gradual progression from glory to glory which Lent is, and which must lead us step by step to facing...

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That we should not despair, even though we sin often

That we should not despair, even though we sin often

Saint Peter the Damascan   Even if you are not what you should be, you still ought not to despair. It’s bad enough that you’ve sinned, without maligning God by regarding Him, in your ignorance, as powerless. He it is Who, for your sake created the great universe that you...

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A scandal, many sins and a saint!

A scandal, many sins and a saint!

Ioannis Panayiotopoulos, Lecturer at the Theological School, Athens University   One of the most wonderful stories in the Lavsaïko describes...

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Sin as Sickness

Sin as Sickness

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   It’s natural to have feelings of guilt if we look at sin as a transgression against ‘the law of God’ rather than as a sickness we’ve inherited as children of the first Adam. Because if, over time, sin becomes second nature, it exercises authority in our...

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