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Elder Ephrem Philoteos – Spiritual advice

  • March 23, 2017
Elder Ephrem Philoteos – Spiritual advice

No toil, suffering or temptation, my blessed son, can compare with that happy life. Thousands of lives if we had had and if we had sacrificed all of them, we would not have done anything worthy in comparison with the future glory, which our Lord, Jesus Christ, by His venerable and life giving blood, wants to share with us. That is why apostle Paul says: Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.[1] Think also about this: the man fades like the flower and passes like the dream. And again at the sound of the trumpet the earth will shake and all the dead...

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The basket with grapes

  • March 22, 2017
The basket with grapes

A poor woman was passing once by a vineyard full of grapes. `How I wished I had a bunch of these grapes!`  On that moment the owner of the vineyard showed up. After greeting her he asked her:  `Madam would you like a bunch of grapes?` And after she said yes, he went into the vineyard to cut some bunches. And the woman stood there waiting for him. But the minutes passed on and the landlord did not come back. At last she got tired of waiting, thinking that he had forgotten about her and she was about to leave. But right then the landlord came back with a basket full of fine grapes and said...

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Words and stories of elder Paisios (VI)

  • March 21, 2017
Words and stories of elder Paisios (VI)

I told to someone who said that monachism is not a holy mystery and only matrimony is one that monarchism is one of the Holy Mysteries of the Triumphant Church because the monk experiences the angelic life from here. * Sufferings, pain, shame redeem us from hell. Or as saint Isaac says, they devour hell. * It is very good for small children to learn Byzantine music because in this way they keep their mind busy and do not think anymore about vain and sinful things. They sanctify themselves and glorify God. * The devil cannot heal any disease, for instance Parkinson. But he may cure someone...

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Words and stories of elder Paisios (V)

  • March 20, 2017
Words and stories of elder Paisios (V)

If the Fathers had so much godliness in what regarded the Great Holy Water, they had even more for the Holy Eucharist. They fasted for three days without oil, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and then they partook the Holy Eucharist. * If you want to rejoice all your life, become a monk. * The sinners will suffer because of their wishes in the afterlife. * What is the gasoline for the engine, is the heart for the spiritual life. Everything the man does with his heart, it does not tire him. That is why I tell to those who ask me what they should study, that they should study what they like....

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The Great Lent

  • March 19, 2017
The Great Lent

byAlexandru Ghica Christian life and ascesis are powerfully linked. Neither one of them can be understood without the other. The believer, with the grace of the Holy Spirit tries to free himself from the yoke of sin, from the domination of passions and to make himself a true limb of the body of Christ that is the Church. In his attempt an important role is played by fasting. The word composed of the negative particle  νη (no) and the verb εσθίω (to eat) . Thus derived the verb to fast and the noun fasting, which initially meant a complete abstention from food and drink and later only...

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God have mercy!

  • March 18, 2017
God have mercy!

Monk Moses the Athonite All of a sudden a window opens in our mind. A light is appearing. And then you get another feeling. Then you understand well, not rationally, but with humility, awareness and divine warmth. And you say to yourself: what else would I say? Nothing else, only this, over and over again: God have mercy! Without being encumbered. Without tiring. This tells everything. There is no need for others. Someone can express himself only poetically sometimes. The prayer is poetry. All the prayers are poems. The poets feel their fellows and comfort them, as the saints. It is a real blessing...

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I go on hoping

  • March 17, 2017
I go on hoping

Monk Moses the Athonite Saint Paisios the Athonite said that we should rather talk more about Christ than about antichrist. Not many can interpret the Apocalypse considering that neither the great Holy Father could. We won’t establish ourselves when comes the end of the world. We shouldn’t scare the people fixing dates about the end of the world and the beginning of wars. They have been talking for decades about wars but these didn’t take place. There are some who are upset they did not happen. The situation of the Greek economy is manipulated. A spiritual crisis has preceded it and this...

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Words and stories of elder Paisios (IV)

  • March 16, 2017
Words and stories of elder Paisios (IV)

The quintessential things are humility, kindness and simplicity. Kindness means to try to see what pleases the other not what pleases us. God is not unjust. He completes afterwards what we have spent for our brother. * All those who have much enthusiasm and selfishness have to prove obedience, to cut their will. * The evil has advanced a great deal and many changes have taken place lately. But there is still found some good leaven. For its sake God has mercy on the others too. God forbids that this leaven decay – cause then woe to us! * The prayer for the reposed helps a lot. Every time...

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I want with Him…

  • March 15, 2017
I want with Him…

One year ago my daughter who was five then paid attention for the first time to the crucifix from the church. Seeing the image of Christ crucified she started to ask me questions which I answered, though not as I wished. Now after almost a year I think I know how I could help her make the choice she has already made without my help. `Mummy, look, blood!` My daughter points towards the Crucifixion. In her eyes are shown many emotions: lack of understanding, compassion and fear…She tries to hide behind my back as if she was frightened by her discovery. `This is Christ `– I explain, trying...

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The young man who spread a rosemary scent

  • March 14, 2017
The young man who spread a rosemary scent

Priest Stephen Anagnostopoulos In a town from Pelopones I met once a Christian who was about 32 y.o and who spread a rosemary scent. And my amazement became even greater when he started to talk to me about the Jesus prayer, realizing that from his mouth was coming out the ineffable scent of the Holy Spirit. He learnt about the rosary and the Jesus prayer some years ago in the Holy Mountain and since then he has been saying it ceaselessly, day and night. And many times without any interruption even during nights.The prayer completed the natural need for sleep. Thus little by little the Jesus...

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