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Not with a heavy heart (Abba Dorotheos)

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Perfection is also giving alms ungrudgingly, willingly and without disdain. Give wholeheartedly, as though you yourself were the recipient, benefiting as though you were the beneficiary. Then God’s will is perfected. This is how we manage to do God’s will, that which is good, pleasing and perfect, according to Saint Paul: by acting in full and proper knowledge.

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‘My child, wake up and don’t waste your time on stupid things!’ (Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi)

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I received your short letter and I share your pain. I brought to mind the image of how things are and, aware of my own wretchedness, sighed at the possibility of being saved. ‘Alas, Saviour of the world, I am overwhelmed by my iniquities and am unable to see. Hasten, as merciful, and make speed, as compassionate, to our aid, for you can do whatsoever you wish’. My fragrant little petal, things seem to be the way they are as the result of some experience or other. But what is it that we want? This isn’t life, my child. It’s not just a long Lent, but also the whole length of our sojourn here. Let’s at least learn to make a ...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday after the Elevation of the Precious Cross (Galatians 2:16-20) (Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios)

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Today, on this Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross, we are once again reminded of the blessings that our Lord’s sacrifice on the Cross has given us. The Lord was crucified on Golgotha, and it was there that He took upon Himself the iniquity of sin, and all the personal sins of humanity. They were nailed to the Cross with Him, “killing” these sins and destroying them. Or, as the Prayer of 6th Hour says, our Lord Jesus Christ, “by His precious Cross destroyed the record of our sins, triumphing over the source and power of darkness”; Every person who believes in Christ when they are baptized is freed from their sins, and when they come out of ...

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‘How to express the Christian point of view on acute sodio-historical problems (in the example of the work ‘Students of the Revolution’)’

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Watch Daniil Sidorov’s speech at the 2nd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care DMOPC18 which took place from 18th-21st June 2018 at the Orthodox Academy of Crete, organized under the High Auspices of His All Holliness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

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Like a lighted candle (Saint Seraphim of Sarov)

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In careful people, the intellect acts as a watchful guard and sentinel of the inner Jerusalem. From the heights of the spiritual life it sees with its clear eye the opposing forces surrounding and within the soul. In their flesh, people are like lighted candles. The wax is destined to melt and people are doomed to die. The soul is immortal, however, which is why our care and attention should be directed more towards it than to the flesh. ‘For what shall it profit people if they gain the whole world and lose their soul? Or what will they give in exchange for their soul?’ (Matth. 16, 26).

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Like oil lamps (Saint Paisios the Athonite)

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Because spiritual people are humble, they really are stars, moving dizzyingly but quietly, without anyone realizing that they’re really great planets. They hide away, in the far reaches of the heavens, and give people the impression that they’re just little icon lights, hardly glimmering.

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‘The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the electronic media and social networks in 2014-2018: the impact on the life of the Church’

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Watch Anna Gorpinchenko’s speech at the 2nd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care DMOPC18 which took place from 18th-21st June 2018 at the Orthodox Academy of Crete, organized under the High Auspices of His All Holliness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

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Hope in the Horror of War (Fr. Bassam Nassif)

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The holy land of the Apostolic Church of Antioch is suffering from the horror of war. Yesterday, it was the turn of Lebanon and Iraq, and today it is that of Syria. Thousands of Syrians, including, bishops, priests, monks, nuns, and laymen, all of whom are the indigenous people of this land, have been killed, kidnapped, or forcibly expulsed. All these brutal actions systematically attempt to deprive the faithful of their hope. In a special place in the midst of Syria, there is a touch of divine, unimpeachable hope. It is the war-torn city of Aleppo whose Metropolitan is His Eminence Paul Yazigi. Metropolitan Paul was kidnapped with the Syriac Archbishop of Aleppo, Youhanna Ibrahim. On April 22, 2013, Metropolitan Paul ...

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‘Orthodox Mission at the Dawn of the Digital Era – Reworking and organizing ecclesiastical mission for the benefit of future generations’

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Watch Fr John Peck’s speech at the 2nd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care DMOPC18 which took place from 18th-21st June 2018 at the Orthodox Academy of Crete, organized under the High Auspices of His All Holliness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

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See the difference (Saint John of Kronstadt)

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When there are good thoughts in your soul, you feel happy and calm. When peace and joy are in your heart, then the spirit of good, the Holy Spirit, is within you. When you’re overcome with bad thoughts, then you feel out of sorts, upset, and the wicked and cunning spirit of evil is within you.

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The true path (Saint Nicholas Velimirovich)

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Sinners are punished for reasons that are important for their character building. Two of these are obvious. First, through punishment, God corrects and brings people to the true path of salvation. Second, by making an example of them, He deters others from committing the same sin.

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The Cook in Paradise (Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis)

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The lack of simplicity, sincerity and authenticity in relations between people leads to social hypocrisy, meretricious morality and formality and, at the same time, provokes adverse reactions among younger people. The problem is worse when there’s no simplicity even among so-called spiritual people. “When spiritual people don’t live simply, but are all straight-laced, they’re not helping young people”, the late Elder Païsios used to say. And he went on: “When they see straight-laced Christians, hidebound people dressed up in ties, all from the same mould, they don’t see any difference between them and secular people and so they react… They become frustrated when spiritual people themselves and priests try to keep them in check with secular systems… People understand  if you hurt ...

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‘Excellently crafted and self-sustained digital media can be created and used to evangelize, edify and educate without draining the limited resources of the parish or Archdiocese’

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Watch Fr Tom Soroka’s speech at the 2nd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care DMOPC18 which took place from 18th-21st June 2018 at the Orthodox Academy of Crete, organized under the High Auspices of His All Holliness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

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