Mount Athos - Wisdom - Holiness
To elevate us
27 Nov 2021 at 5:01pm
Out of love, Christ added human nature to his divine nature, without sin; not to absorb it, but to present us with the real human being and, through his glorious resurrection, to elevate us to the right hand of his heavenly Father.
Elder Moïsis t...
With neither fear nor anxiety
26 Nov 2021 at 5:02pm
Within the Church, which has the sacraments which save, there’s no despair. We may be great sinners. We confess, the priest reads the prayer, we’re forgiven and we progress towards immortality, without any anxiety, without any fear.
That’s what helps
25 Nov 2021 at 5:01pm
Beware of praise. It’s poison for your soul. Rejoice in being criticized. That’s what helps. Whatever happens say: ‘It’s the least I deserve. If the good God has allowed it, it means I needed it’.
Hieromonk Chrysostomos Stavronikitianos
The first part of the Divine Liturgy: The Liturgy of te Catechumens
25 Nov 2021 at 8:07am
Every Sunday morning in Orthodox Countries (and elsewhere in the world where the law does not forbid it), the church bells solemnly ring to invite the faithful to come together as one family of God–in the Holy House of their Father. Everyone goe...
Declaration of Independence
25 Nov 2021 at 5:49am
In 1919, in the aftermath of World War I, the cream of the intellectuals of the time (among whom were Einstein, Russell, Stefan Zweig and others) signed a manifesto [published, in French, in ‘L’Humanité’, June 6 1919] which they called ‘Declaratio...
Saint Catherine and the Smart Impious
24 Nov 2021 at 6:59pm
What are we to make of Saint Catherine? We know really very little about her. Even her name is a mystery. According to some, she was originally called Damiani (by a happy coincidence the present Archbishop of Sinai and Abbot of the Monastery of Sa...
Nothing at all
24 Nov 2021 at 5:01pm
Nothing is greater than a clean heart, because such a heart is the throne of God. And what is more glorious than the throne of God? Nothing at all. God says of those who have a clean heart: ‘I will dwell among them and walk with them. I shall be ...
Saint Amphilochius of Iconium: what was the hook for the devil?
24 Nov 2021 at 7:31am
Saint Amphilochius of Iconium, whose feast we celebrate today, is among the great theologians of the 4th century and, indeed, belongs to the group of Cappadocian Fathers. He was born in Diocaesarea in Cappadocia to wealthy parents and received an ...
A mighty wonder
23 Nov 2021 at 5:02pm
Say the prayer and your bad thoughts will flee, everything will flee. You’ll see something wondrous: the devils despoiling the world outside and us calmly saying the prayer: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me’.
Abbess Makrina, Holy Monastery of...
He doesn’t forgive
22 Nov 2021 at 5:02pm
A deadly sin is one over which you don’t repent. Nobody’s as good and merciful as God. But if people remain unrepentant, not even he will forgive them.