Mount Athos - Wisdom - Holiness
26 Oct 2021 at 5:14pm
Satan’s an optician. He makes us wear his own kind of glasses, so we see the failings of others magnified and our own errors minimized.
Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 2
26 Oct 2021 at 5:10pm
Saint Demetrius, byzantine mosaic from his church in Thessaloniki, 8th Century
Another point of interest is that the church of Saint Dimitrios, for 60 years (1430-1490) remained as part of the local Church, when almost all the other churches in Th...
Humility and its…Frills
26 Oct 2021 at 7:13am
‘Humility is an anonymous grace of the soul, which can be named only by those who know it from experience. It’s inexpressible riches, it’s an appellation of God, a gift of God’ (Saint John the Sinaite, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, discourse 25, 3)...
Saint Dimitrios The Myrrh-Yielder – 1
26 Oct 2021 at 2:30am
Saint Dimitrios is the protector and patron saint of Thessaloniki, a saint from whose relics myrrh flows and also a Great Martyr.
There are actually conflicting accounts in the sources, but the overwhelming view is that he was born and bred in The...
Feast of Great Martyr Demetrios, The Myrrh-Streamer
25 Oct 2021 at 5:26pm
Saint Demetrios suffered in Thessalonica during the reign of Galerius Maximian (c. 306). He belonged to one of the most distinguished families of the province of Macedonia and was widely admired not only because of his noble ancestry and grace of ...
Like a wave
25 Oct 2021 at 5:02pm
The whole of life is like a wave. Either we’ll become like Saint Peter and walk on the waters, or we’ll sink, like the Prophet Jonah.
The Fragmentation of Sin (Luke 8, 26-39)
25 Oct 2021 at 9:52am
The frenzy which is the result of the influence of demonic forces is described in stark language in the case of the man possessed at Gadara. This agitation is expressed in the power of evil, which, in many and various ways, troubles us, tortures ...
The possessed and the mentally ill
25 Oct 2021 at 7:09am
There are times, in religious circles, when confusion arises over which people are mentally ill and which are possessed by demonic energy. When Saint Païsios the Athonite was asked how the mentally ill can be distinguished from the possessed, he a...
The Retrieval of the Relics of Elder Iosif Vatopaidinos
25 Oct 2021 at 6:57am
Apart from the conventional and social character which the retrieval of the bones of the departed at the time of exhumation has always had, it is also an act of care and enhancement, which, in the Church takes on an essentially loving and eschatol...
We don’t seek it
24 Oct 2021 at 5:02pm
We all love life. We’re anxious and want to make life happy. But this life of ours is polluted by our passions. Why? Because we don’t seek itin the right place.
Saint John Kronstadtskij