1. For a society where pleasure, hedonism and vanity dominate by Klaus Kenneth

    Klaus Kenneth speaks for a society where pleasure, hedonism and vanity dominate. ±±±

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  2. Cut off Passions Quickly

    Cut off Passions Quickly by St. Abba Dorotheos of Gaza

    St. Abba Dorotheos of Gaza“A certain Elder was with his disciples in a place were there were cypresses — some small and some large.  The Elder said to one of his disciples: ‘Uproot this cypress.’  It was a very small tree, and the brother uprooted it with just one hand.  The Elder then pointed out another one, a little larger than the first, and said to him: ‘Cut down this one as well.’  He managed to move it with both…

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  3. In Honour of the Most Holy Mother of God

    The Elevation of the Bread in Honour of the Most Holy Mother of God by St Maximos the Greek

    The Elevation of the Bread in Honour of the Most Holy Mother of God

    by St Maximos the Greek

    The Only-Begotten Son and Word of God, who became a human person for us (though He was sinless), voluntarily underwent the crucifixion, death and burial so that our human nature, which the father of evil had caused to be cast out of paradise in olden times, could be elevated. Christ rose, however, and was…

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  4. On The Difference Between the Jesus Prayer & Yoga

    On The Difference Between the Jesus Prayer & Yoga

    They say that the “Jesus prayer” and the way it is practised is a Christian yoga and is connected with prototypes of Eastern religions. What do you have to say about this? 

    – It seems that those who say this are completely ignorant of the grace-filled state of our Church, since we obtain divine grace through the Jesus prayer. They have not…

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  5. A Conversation With Elder Ephraim of Arizona

    A Conversation with Elder Ephraim of Arizona

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    The following conversation was recorded by monastic spiritual children from Greece of Elder Ephraim of Arizona, formerly of Philotheou, who visited him in May 2014 at the Sacred Monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in Arizona.

    Elder Ephraim: Look at this photograph of Elder Joseph the Hesychast. I had a great spiritual father. He was fire – fire, a phenomenon of a man. He thought…

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  6. The Spiritual Law

    The Spiritual Law by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos

    Science of Spiritual MedicinehrHuman societies have need of laws if they are to function correctly, and such societies are described as well-ordered. The existence Of laws is essential because fallen man with his passions creates huge social problems, since the principle of individual rights applies. This means that each person, in his attempt to exercise his rights to the full, comes into direct confrontation with other…

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  7. Dormition of Our Supremely Pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

    Dormition of Our Supremely Pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary by St. Gregory Palamas

    Dormition of the TheotokosBoth love and duty today fashion my homily for your charity. It is not only that I wish, because of my love for you, and because I am obliged by the sacred canons, to bring to your God-loving ears a saving word and thus to nourish your souls, but if there be any among those things that bind by obligation and love and can be narrated with praise for the Church, it is the great deed of the…

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  8. How then is it impossible?

    Why then is it impossible? by St. Symeon the New Theologian

    S.SymeonNewTheologianThere are those of whom I speak and who are called heretics by me. They are the ones who say that in our present age there is no one in our midst who is able to observe the commandments and be like the holy fathers….Those who declare this is impossible have fallen not into one particular heresy but into all of them, so to speak – a heresy surpassing all others in its impiety and greatest blas…

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  9. Nothing smells worse than pride

    Nothing smells worse than pride by St. Kosmas Aitolos

    There was a virtuous hermit who frequently prayed to God, and who received revelations of many divine mysteries. One day he set out from his hermitage to travel to a distant region. Along the way, he met another man who was journeying in the same direction. This individual was actually an angel, but the hermit did not realize this and assumed he was a regular human being. As they journeyed…

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  10. Self-indulgence

    Self-indulgence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos

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    Science of Spiritual MedicinehrIllness of the Soul According to the Orthodox Church

    If we look carefully at people today and modern society in general, we see immediately that they are dominated by the passion of love of pleasure or self-indulgence. Our age is pleasure-seeking to the highest degree. Human beings have a constant tendency towards this terrible passion, which destroys their whole life and…

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  11. The Function of the Nous - the Noetic Faculty

    The Function of the Nous - the Noetic Faculty by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos

    Science of Spiritual MedicinehrIllness of the Soul According to the Orthodox Church

    Illness of the soul as defined by Orthodox theology is different from illness as defined by medical science and particularly by secular psychotherapy. To enable us to see how the Orthodox Tradition understands illness of the soul we should look at how human beings functioned before the Fall and how they function today, after the Fall.

    1. The…

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  12. Christ was perfect from the beginning

    Christ was perfect from the beginning by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos

    MetamorfosisWhen we talk about the birth of Christ we are speaking of two births. One is the pre-eternal birth of the Word from the Father, according to the divine nature, and the other is the birth in time from the All-Holy Virgin, according to the human nature. This refers to Christ’s two natures: the divine and the human.

    “The important thing is that this Word, before His birth in the flesh, is like the…

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  13. On the Transfiguration of the God-Man

    On the Transfiguration of the God-Man by St. Gregory Palamas

    HOMILY THIRTY-FOUR

    ON THE HOLY TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD AND GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

    by St. Gregory Palamas

    Transfiguration

    IN WHICH IT IS DEMONSTRATED THAT THE LIGHT OF THE TRANSFIGURATION IS UNCREATED

    We are filled with praise and wonder when we see this magnificent work of God, the entire visible we see this magnificent work of God, the entire visible creation. The pagan Greek sages also extolled…

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  14. Rekindling the Spiritual Gift by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos

    The Orthodox therapist by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos Rekindling the Spiritual Gift Thus far it has been shown…

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