Spiritual Paternity

Spiritual Paternity

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis, Professor of the Theological School, A.U.Th.   1. Introduction These days, when we talk about a spiritual father, we usually mean a priest who’s a confessor. But in Church tradition, the sense of spiritual paternity is much broader. Only God is the Father . Christ, Who is...

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The Spiritual Meadow

The Spiritual Meadow

Ioannis Moskhos   When we went to the island of Samos, we visited the monastery called Harixenou. The abbot was Abba Isidoros, a virtuous man with great love for others and adorned with simplicity and immeasurable obedience. He later became bishop of the town of Sabia and it was...

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On Spiritual Knowledge

On Spiritual Knowledge

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   We recently posted an article on the importance of spiritual reading here http://bit.ly/2F4xYBq. The position of the Church has always been, however, that we need help and guidance if we’re to understand Scripture in depth. Thus, as early as the Apostolic age (Acts 8,...

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The Spiritual Heart

The Spiritual Heart

Fr Zacharias from Holy Monastery of John the Forerunner, Essex, England, speaks on the nature of what Church Fathers call as Spiritual Heart. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally...

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Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part 2)

Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part 2)

Read Part 1 here. I ran across a compelling quote from the pen of St. John Chrysostom, which I believe is very telling of the spiritual poverty people experience in our day and age. This spiritual poverty is a serious self-inflicted disease which, unlike most physical maladies, can only be...

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