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Patristic teachings about meekness

  • April 18, 2017
Patristic teachings about meekness

Saint Nektarios in his book Know yourself says about the virtue of meekness: Meekness is the peace of the soul that loves God and his fellow men. Meekness is a virtue loved by God, that pleases everybody who looks at its face. The meekness of character overflows like a rare beauty and enriches  with grace its entire ethos, giving pleasure to everybody who sees it. Meekness is a priceless fortune, is a divine name, is a divine charism, is the stairs that leads the man to the skies. Meekness makes the man be an image of the meek Jesus, who warms the heart. Meekness is followed by humility, tolerance...

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The sadness brought by the devil

  • April 17, 2017
The sadness brought by the devil

The devil has this great aim to separate us of God. It won’t be easy to do it straightly because in this way many Christians who felt inside themselves the power of faith were crowned, knowing that the man is created by God and only for God and he cannot be separated of Him. The devil who is restless plans to separate indirectly the man of his Creator. He fights by all means to make the man fall into sin, in many kinds of sin and if he succeeds it doesn’t mean that he reached his great aim, he only gives him a great sadness, which makes the man consider himself lost, as if he couldn’t be forgiven...

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Words and stories of elder Paisios (Χ)

  • April 16, 2017
Words and stories of elder Paisios (Χ)

So much strife, so much endeavour so that the soul detaches of the world then it feels nostalgia. Even if he doesn’t intend to go in the world, however he think about it. The mind it is then like an unlanded plane. The devil succeeded. The monk spends his life at the monastery and his mind is in the world. * When the man thinks that he is worthless, he sees his dirt, but he feels comfort, hope, safety and then there is progress and spiritual benefit. While when he says that he is worthless, but he has stress and despair, then it means that something doesn’t go well. The more the eyes of the soul...

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The Dogmas

  • April 15, 2017
The Dogmas

Metropolitan Jeremiah of Gortina I said it often, my Christian brothers, that the most important, the greatest thing, above all the others, is our FAITH, our ORTHODOX FAITH. That’s why in our daily prayer we must say: My Lord, strengthen my faith in You, my love for You! Only if we have a right faith and live this faith in our daily life, only then we shall achieve our salvation and we shall sanctify ourselves. Our faith, my brothers, is not a human creation, it is a divine revelation. And this revelation (discovery) was brought to us by the Son of God, our Lord, Jesus Christ. This faith...

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Christ love through the innocence of a baby’s hug

  • April 14, 2017
Christ love through the innocence of a baby’s hug

We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly seated and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, "Hi there." He pounded his fat baby hands on the high chair tray. His eyes we crinkled in laughter and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin as he wriggled and giggled with merriment. I looked around and saw the source of his merriment. It was a man whose pants were baggy whose toes poked out of would-be shoes. His shirt was dirty and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. His whiskers were too short to be called a beard,...

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The great benefit deriving from fasting

  • April 13, 2017
The great benefit deriving from fasting

Many Christians, ignoring the great benefit of fasting, keep it with displeasure or don’t keep it at all. However we have to receive the fasting gladly, not with indignation or fear. And this because fasting is not frightening for us, but for the demons. Bring it before a demonized person and that one will freeze with fear, will stand still as a stone, will be tied with invisible ties, especially when fasting is accompanied by its inseparable companion, the prayer. That is why Christ said: `This kind of demons does not come out except by prayer and fasting.` (Matthew 17, 21) Therefore fasting...

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The value of the Akathist of the Annunciation

  • April 12, 2017
The value of the Akathist of the Annunciation

priest Stefan Anagnostopoulos Rejoice, unmarried Bride. And then over and over again: Rejoice, unmarried Bride! As you know, beloved believers, as you see, in the Great Lent, on each Friday in our Church is sung the Akathist of the Annunciation. The akathist is one of the nicest holy services and in the same time one of the most elevating prayers. The akathist is always linked with the Small Compline. In the Great Lent when we read the Great Compline, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays the akathist is not read. But it is sung on Fridays and on Saturdays and Sundays is read with the Small...

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Looking at the horizon

  • April 11, 2017
Looking at the horizon

`Who am I ?` one day a young man asked a wise starets. `You are what you think you are.` `You shall understand this after the following short story: One day, from the walls of the city, on sunset, a group of friends and acquaintances saw at the horizon two people embracing each other. `They are a father and a mother` a child said happily. `They are two lovers` a young ruffled man said. `They are two friends who have met after many years` a loner said for himself. `They must be two tradesmen who concluded a profitable business, a money lover commented. `There is a father who is embracing...

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Goodness tested at the encounter with the evil

  • April 10, 2017
Goodness tested at the encounter with the evil

In 1972, Metropolitan Anthony of Suroj participated at a discussion broadcast by the British radio station. His interlocutor was the British journalist Anatoly Goldberg (1910-1982), an agnostic born in Riga, Letonia who later emigrated to Great Britain. The discussion that followed became a chapter of a book entitled God: Yes or No? Discussions between believers and nonbelievers: Your holiness, I have met people who became believers because they were concerned by the manifestation of evil. I have also met people who were disappointed by religion from the same reason. The first category of people...

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9 prophecies of Elder Paisios the Athonite

  • April 9, 2017
9 prophecies of Elder Paisios the Athonite

Prophecy 1: One doctor said Elder, what we expect in the future? — The future, my child, only God knows. — Gerontius, whether big war? — Why do you ask, my child? And do not imagine that would be!

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