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In the end, we’re all the same (Saint John of Kronstadt)

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Love everyone, indiscriminately. Don’t think about whether they’re weak or sinful. Don’t think about sin, but about where people come from, which is the image of God Himself. Don’t get upset over the weaknesses of others, their badness, pride, envy, avarice or gluttony. You yourself aren’t without sins. In the end, if we’re talking about sin, everybody’s in the same boat.

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‘This pandemic is not a chance occurrence allowed by God, but a sign of the times; it is a fruit of Divine indignation’ (Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery)

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This pandemic is not a chance occurrence allowed by God, but a sign of the times; it is a fruit of Divine indignation, as man is doing not what is natural, what is reasonable, but what is absurd and abnormal. Imagine how dismayed the Holy Spirit is, and how God the Father, again in His paternal role – because we should never forget that any tribulation allowed by God is not as executioner, or as an avenger, but allowed as a didactic motivated by love, precisely in order to bring man – the wanderer, the obscured – to bring him, through affliction and misfortune, through this lesson, closer to Him; and for him (man) to comprehend, not through the study ...

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The Expectation of the Second Coming isn’t about Fairy-Tales (Efstathios Kefalouros)

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The way the Church lives is in the end times. From the moment Christ ascended into heaven, the Church has never ceased to await His return to the world. The eschatological expectation manifests itself to the faithful in different ways in different eras. On the Sunday of Meat-Fare, this was the opening sentence of the two-page sheet The Voice of the Lord, which is published by Apostoliki Diakonia of the Church of Greece and distributed to those who want it at the time of the Holy Liturgy, on a Sunday. So that Sunday I went to church because, apart from anything else, I’d hear about the Second Coming. A difficult subject, for theologians and everyone. The editor of The Voice ...

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Living the Church in the Home Today (Fr. Bassam Nassif, Member of the Association Board of the International Association of Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care (DMOPC))

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Nowadays, Christians are going through difficult times due to the pandemic, which is preventing them from going to church and actively participating in the daily rich liturgical life of the Great Lent. We are on the threshold of Holy Week. Is it enough to listen to the prayers broadcasted by the social media, such as Facebook? How do we truly experience these prayers for our lives, since today we are denied for health reasons to go to church? In the days of adversity, persecution, and epidemic, and in times of prosperity, health and peace, the voice of St. John Chrysostom addressing the Christians of his era resounded as follows: “Let your house be a church!” (Homily on Acts 26, 3.4). How can ...

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