Entries by p. Paisie

Can we acquire holiness today?

Monk Moses the Athonite             All the saints of our Church are those who `fought the good fight and kept the faith.` The saints are the winning strugglers and the brave confessors. Those who were sought by the Holy Spirit and filled with grace. Not simply those who are kind, meek, noble, smiling, moral, but those […]

The more someone is grumbling, the more it destroys itself

`Father, what is the cause of grumbling and how can we get rid of it ? `Man’s wretchedness causes it and is drawn away by doxology. Grumbling generates grumbling and doxology generates doxology. When someone doesn’t complain when he faces a trouble then the devil goes away to someone else who grumbles to make things worse […]

The dream of the caterpillar

A small caterpillar is going down to earth. Very close to her was a grasshopper. `Where are you going? Asked the grasshopper. Without stopping from her going the caterpillar answered: `I had a dream last night. I dreamt that I was looking at the whole valley from the top of the high mountain. I liked […]

The crisis and autocriticism

Monk Moses the Athonite             Saint Athanassios the Great says: `Although human mind was created by God to contemplate His Beauty and be enlighetened by the divine brightness, after the fall it fiercely turned against creation. Thus the men instead of having their mind turned towards God, got attached to creatures, worshipping them instead of […]

The one who withdraws from the world must deplete himself of everything. How he should take care of these worldly acquisitions. For those living in a community to own something means a sure perdition

1. of saint Barsanuphius A monk asked an elder: `My relatives owe me a small amount of money I want to give it to the poor. But those people don’t want to give it back to me. What to do? The elder answered: `If you don’t cut your fleshly thought and you won’t show a […]

The Sunday of Forgiveness

The Sunday, the day that precedes the beginning of the Great Lent is called the Sunday of Adam’s expulsion from heaven but it is also called the Sunday of forgiveness. The Holy Fathers gave this name to this Sunday for showing us that nobody can begin the Lent if he is not in peace with […]

About God the Son (VIII)

163. If the being of the Father and the Son is one and the persons are two how can we avoid dividing what is one between them and avoid mixing what is different between them? Evem the previous words from the Creed about the birth of the Son from the Father showed us not only […]

About God the Son (VII)

the Son begotten from Him has always been with the Father. Since God could not be called Father without Son. And if He existed without Son, He wouldn’t be a Father. And if He had become afterwards a Father and He could change from not being a Father to being one, this would be worse […]

About God the Son (VI)

152. Is there any relatedness of meanings between the names of Jesus and that of Christ ? But between them and that of Lord? If we look well we see that by these three ministrations of hierarch, prophet and emperor contained by the name of Christ, Jesus saves the world by His sacrifice, teaches it to […]

About God the Son (V)

149. What means the name of Jesus given to the Saviour ? The name of Jesus means God the Saviour. Jesus means Saviour in Hebrew and this name suits Him perfectly because He is the Saviour of the world indeed. And it is perfect because it was not given by men but by the angel at […]