1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. The Passion of Blasphemy

    The Passion of Blasphemy by Elder Ephraim of Arizona

    Elder Ephraim

    My beloved children,

    Today we will speak about something extremely dreadful: the accursed passion of blasphemy.[29] Our planet is carrying an unbearable weight consisting of the blasphemies of the sons of men. The earth is painfully groaning on account of this crime. We see this in practice daily. I do not know the exact percentage of the population, primarily men of course, that articulates…

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Bless and Do Not Curse

    Bless and Do Not Curse by Elder Ephraim of Arizona

    My beloved Christians,

    Elder EphraimThe Apostle Paul, the mouth of Christ, has left us a paramount, wise, and life-saving commandment: “Bless and do not curse” (Rom. 12:14). Our mouth should not utter bitter words, should not voice curses, should not emit thorns that wound our fellow man and our brother; it should only voice blessed words.

    As we all know, a curse is an extremely harsh phrase. Just hearing the…

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  12. 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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  13. Words of wisdom Dr Christopher Veniamin [@thaborian]

    Dr Christopher Veniamin [@thaborian] speaks with Archimandrite Zacharias about many Orthodox topics. Please listen!!!

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  14. Laity and Clergy

    Laity and Clergy by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos, Empirical Dogmatics, Vol. 2

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    empirical-dogmatics2Laity and Clergy

    Through the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation, and also through their struggle to practise God’s commandments, the faithful had some sort of spiritual gift, at least prayer of the nous in the heart, and they belonged to the “royal priesthood”. The Apostle Paul, in the list of gifts that we saw in the passage quoted above, puts the gift…

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  15. The letter kills Excerpt from The Journal of Elder Nikon of Optina

January 22, 1908: “.. .You have to hold onto the spirit. The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life (II Cor.

    The letter kills Excerpt from The Journal of Elder Nikon of Optina

    January 22, 1908: “.. .You have to hold onto the spirit. The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life (II Cor.

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