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Tell God about it (Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia)

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When you see the devil at the throat of your child, instead of becoming angry with your offspring for going astray, speak to God about it. Whatever you’d have said to the child (because they’d react badly, given their character), tell it to God. Get down on your knees and, by God’s grace, your words will be passed on to the child.

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He weighs up our impulses (Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi)

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The devil doesn’t have foresight, nor does he know what people are thinking. He draws conclusions from the impulses of our emotions and then stimulates our members and senses with corresponding, impassioned thoughts. When he sees that our intentions are inclining towards an image conjured up by our imagination, whether it’s real or in the mind, he realizes that that’s where our desire and purpose lie. He then brings up a suitable occasion in order to subject his victim through the nature of his will.

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On Spiritual Knowledge (Saint Symeon the New Theologian)

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We recently posted an article on the importance of spiritual reading here http://bit.ly/2F4xYBq. The position of the Church has always been, however, that we need help and guidance if we’re to understand Scripture in depth. Thus, as early as the Apostolic age (Acts 8, 30-31), Philip encounters an Ethiopian reading the Book of Isaiah. ‘Do you understand what you’re reading?’ He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ This is a strange answer because the man can obviously read and the words are simple enough, a lamb being led to slaughter, but it’s only when Philip explains the deeper meaning of the prophecy that the man can understand. The passage also illustrates the need for humility in approaching the Scriptures: ...

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It’s always your fault (Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis)

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We need fear and trembling in case we look down on others, in case we hold them accountable for our own calamities, because that would be a falling away from God. Saint Isaac the Syrian stresses: ‘Nobody else is ever to blame for your transgressions; They’re always your fault’. Other people aren’t responsible for your tiredness, your sins and your changes of heart.

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The Self-Sacrifice of Love for our Neighbour

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Today’s Gospel reading is the well-known parable of the Good Samaritan. The immediate message of the reading is obvious- that we should aid those in distress- but the following commentary puts this teaching into context. Christ is approached by a lawyer, asked a question meant to trick Him and asks the lawyer what the law says on the subject. The Lord then goes on to narrate the parable. When He finished, He asked the lawyer which of the people involved have performed his duty to his neighbour and the lawyer replied that the Samaritan had. ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’ was a commandment of the Law of Moses for the Jews. The critical point, however, which was the subject ...

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Sermon on the Apostolic reading – 8th Sunday of Luke (2 Corinthians 4: 6-15) (Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios)

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The Apostle Paul, in today’s passage from the 2nd Epistle to the Corinthians, illustrates for us the great help that the worker of the Gospel receives from God. Our faith that God has given us is a treasure, and strengthens us in our human weakness. In order for the Apostle Paul to demonstrate how weak he feels as a human, he compares himself and all those who preach the Gospel of Christ with ceramic utensils, which break very easily. Despite this frailty, he continues on with Christ who never abandons him in his struggle, and he always succeeds. According to the Apostle, this weakness of those who work for the Gospel is a benefit. He explains why: If we, who preach ...

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It’s amazing (Elder Epifanios Theodoropoulos)

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Holy Communion is a sacrament of humility. I don’t mean the humiliation of the Lord’s sacrifice on the Cross, but something else. The tiny contents of a small spoon are Christ Himself, our great God, the all-powerful Creator of the universe. This is an astonishing event that demands great faith and stability.

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Relics of two Romanian Saints offered to Vatopedi Monastery

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At the request of Vatopedi Monastery, the Romanian Patriarchate hass offered particles of the holy relics of two Romanian Saints who are closely connected with this monastic settlement on Mount Athos. The reliquary containing fragments of the relics of Saint George of Cernica and Saint Gregory the Teacher was brought Wednesday, October 24, to Vatopedi Monastery by Fr Mihai Musat. ‘The relations of our Holy Monastery with these Saints were very close, given that this Venerable George began his ascetic life in our Holy Monastery, in obedience to a Greek bishop who ordained him to the Diaconate, while Saint Gregory laboured for a certain time in the Kalamitsi area of the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi,’ Abbot Ephraim wrote in his letter to ...

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To make us stronger (Elder Cleopa Ilie)

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God allowed the devil to bring us into temptation in order to make us stronger in the faith, so that we’d place all our hope in Him alone, not in our own powers and so that we’d receive a greater reward from Him. God allows Satan to entice us, but never permits temptations that our beyond the power of our faith. (I Cor. 10, 13).

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Away from the dangerous paths (Saint Isaac the Syrian)

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Until people receive the grace of the Comforter, they need to study the holy Scriptures, so that they’ll have within them the imprint of what’s good; so that, through constant reading the soul will be propelled towards what’s good; and so that the soul will be kept away from the dangerous paths of sin.

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Saint Iakovos (Tsalikis): A Miracle to Help a Physicist Unbeliever (Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos)

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(As told by His Eminence Athanasios, Metropolitan of Limassol) A few days before we went there, some people came from a village and asked him to take some relics of Saint David and to perform a paracletic canon for them. As he was leaving there was a woman from Canada. There was another nun with her, from Cyprus, actually, and they went to see Fr. Iakovos. The young woman was from Canada, a physicist, but she didn’t believe and was probably an atheist. When they got there, Fr. Iakovos told them he was leaving to go to a village. He added: ‘But I hope that Saint David, who’s here in our monastery, will show you that there really are saints and the ...

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It passes imperceptibly (Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery)

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We need to be constantly thinking about this life, this mortal life which we all share, though we have different schedules, different concerns and different dreams. The time comes for all of these things to pass away. We’re all witnesses to the fact that life, our life, flies by imperceptibly. And each of us will wonder about the years of our life, we’ll see with the experience we’ve acquired and we’ll grasp the whole situation: that human life flies past so quickly.

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The Need for Spiritual Study in the Age of the Internet and Information (Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.)

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Our era has one particular feature where it differs from previous ages: people are more interested in information than in knowledge. The growth of the Internet has meant that we’re bombarded on a daily basis with information and news and aren’t interested to the same extent in the study of spiritual texts, be these Scripture, the Fathers, or theologically beneficial writings. Indeed, we often become defenders of Patristic and ascetic theology, which is a good thing, but without also showing the same enthusiasm for studying the works of the Fathers. This despite the fact that we can now find a large number of them posted on the web. But in this case, Patristic theology ceases to be a way of ...

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Open a grave! (Saint Luke the Doctor)

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We shouldn’t be like flies, but like bees which buzz from flower to flower collecting pollen to make honey. We, too, should make honey, paying attention only to the good in others. Concerning those who condemn and speak badly about others, the psalmist and prophet David says: ‘their throat is an open grave’ (Ps. 5, 10). Open a grave and you’ll see the filth and stench that’s in it. The same stench, spiritual stench, comes from our mouth when we censure other people.

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What is the Church? (Panteleïmon Tomazos)

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What is the Church? How do we define it? The Church and life are hard to define, because what’s defined is confined. The Church can be described only through the language of images, such as a vine, the body of Christ or the flock of rational sheep. When we here the word ‘Church’, an image of the clergy often comes to mind, automatically and instinctively. Consciously or unconsciously we privately equate the Church with bishops and clergy while at the same time accepting an inferior role for the people, who are under the dominant authority of the priest or leaders. Those who accept these confused notions don’t realize that they’re the product of Western theology and are far removed from ...

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The Rich Man and Lazarus

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Gospel Reading for the 5th Sunday of Luke From the Kyriakodromion of Monk Agapios, 17th century*. The Lord said, ‘There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered in sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table’. Wanting to make us generous and charitable, to love one another and to instruct the mean and hard-hearted what perils await them and also to teach those who have sorrows and who suffer here what joy and elation they will inherit, the Lord wisely described for us the rich man as being very harsh and inhuman beyond measure and ...

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