Mount Athos - Wisdom - Holiness
The Case of Fools for Christ
25 Jan 2022 at 5:07pm
Among the multitude of the saints, that is the people who loved Christ ‘with all their heart’ and who expressed this love through denial of the self and acceptance of their cross, there are the so-called ‘fools for Christ’. Usually monastics, they...
Return to Civility
25 Jan 2022 at 8:06am
For a good number of years now there’s been a virus going round infecting societies. It’s the illusion that ignorance is as compelling as knowledge. This means that, in order for people take a stand in the public arena, they choose to be disgustin...
That’s when it acquires meaning
24 Jan 2022 at 5:01pm
We shouldn’t see the sorrows of life here through the prism of evanescent reason, but through the prism of eternity. Then our life acquires meaning and the significance of sorrows in our life is revealed to us. In the end, these trials are the wa...
Light and Lights
24 Jan 2022 at 3:12am
‘Because the Lord has prepared it to be his throne and dwelling-place, the soul which has been granted spiritual union with the light of Christ and has been illumined by the moral beauty of his inexpressible glory completely becomes light, complet...
On why we must reproach ourselves
24 Jan 2022 at 3:08am
Let us investigate how it is that sometimes, if a person hears something unkind, they’re able to let it go without becoming upset, whereas at other times, they hear something and are immediately offended. What’s the reason behind this difference? ...
The Blind Man in Jericho
24 Jan 2022 at 2:56am
Today’s Gospel tells us of the miracle of the cure of the blind man in Jericho. This man was not only blind, he was also poor. This is why he begged. ‘He sat at the side of the road, begging’, as the text says. Where he was sitting, he could hear...
You’ve got no right
23 Jan 2022 at 5:20pm
Christians should glorify God in body and spirit. Both belong to God, so you have no authority to dishonor or debase them. You must treat them as holy and sacred vessels, with all gratitude.
Saint Nektarios of Pentapolis
14th Sunday of Luke: Physical or Spiritual Blindness?
22 Jan 2022 at 5:19pm
14th Sunday of Saint Luke today, and we’ve now entered the month of Christmas. Jesus enters Jericho and comes across a suffering person whose affliction is blindness. It’s a terrible cross for him not to enjoy the first and greatest of God’s goods...
It all disappears
22 Jan 2022 at 5:19pm
Whenever you have a bad thought you don’t want, say ‘Lord Jesus, Lord Jesus, Lord Jesus Christ’ three times and it’ll all disappear.
Abbess Theosemni, Holy Monastery of Chrysopiyi, Hania, Crete.
It’s a great delusion
21 Jan 2022 at 5:15pm
There are those who view people romantically and at face value. They transfer wickedness from individual people to society, which is why they also proclaim that an improvement in society will also bring about an improvement in people. While not d...