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That’s the point (Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos)

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The aim of theanthropic education is the same as the goal of the Church, which is none other than our sanctification. Guardians and protectors of this education, which seeks our glorification not through ourselves but through Christ, are the Three Hierarchs, as luminaries of the Triune God and as glorious members of the Body of Christ. Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos

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The greatest madness (Saint John Chrysostom)

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You should come to Holy Communion in fear and trembling, with a clear conscience and having fasted and prayed. You shouldn’t make a noise, nor push or tread on other people. That is the greatest madness and the worst disrespect for the holy sacraments. Saint John Chrysostom

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Saint Porphyrios Kavsokalyvitis (Part III) (George Arvanitis)

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d) Immortality    The victory over death, the sense and assurance of immortality is an experience that is common to all the saints and Elder Porphyrios himself. In the recorded interview mentioned above he also says: ‘The man who belongs to Christ should love Christ, and when he loves Christ he will be freed from the devil, from Hell and from death’. These are not the words of someone who has thought of this truth himself. They are words drawn from real personal experience and therefore possess the value of an eye witness’s testimony. It makes no difference that Elder Porphyrios, out of humility and a profound sense of human weakness, tells us that he has not yet reached that state. Rather, ...

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The only true healer (Protopresbyter Georgios Dorbarakis)

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‘Just as the darkness doesn’t disperse unless there’s light, in the same way sickness of the soul can’t be avoided unless the healer of our ailments comes and we’re united to him’. (Saint Symeon the New Theologian). The great saint, Symeon the New Theologian (who is given the same title as Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Gregory the Theologian) writes about the healing of the soul, a subject which, particularly today, is the most pressing concern for a great many people. Recourse to psychologists, the development of psychological sciences, the ambition of many young people to study psychology (as well, unfortunately, as the resort to occult groups who promise to ‘cure’ the soul, but simply confuse people even more), ...

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Something like the evil eye (Saint Porfyrios Kavsolkalyvitis)

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When we look askance at somebody, some wicked force comes out from us and is transferred to the other person, just as the voice is transmitted through sound waves, and they really do suffer some ill. It’s like the evil eye, when one person has wicked thoughts about another. It’s not God who causes the harm but the evil thoughts of us people. It isn’t God punishing us but our wicked intention being transmitted to the soul of the other person in a mysterious manner which causes damage. Christ never wants harm to come to anyone. Saint Porfyrios Kavsokalyvitis

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As a phenomenon (Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos)

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On the one hand there is the secularization which is threatening the Church, external, moralistic  and Puritan paradigms which are making Orthodoxy a religion. One the other there are the cerebral models and flimsy intellectual constructs, as a phenomenon of our post-Modern era, or post-Christian, as many people would have it. These can be combatted only through empirical theology, through actual communion with the Uncreated, through the discovery of the real person. Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos

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The greatest love (Saint Silouan the Athonite)

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Our Lord loves us as his children and his love is greater than that of a mother. Because a mother might forget her child, but the Lord will never forget us. And if the Lord himself hadn’t given the Holy Spirit and our great shepherds to the Orthodox people, we wouldn’t know how much he loves us. Saint Silouan the Athonite

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Saint Porphyrios Kavsokalyvitis (Part II) (George Arvanitis)

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His most essential characteristics    In our opinion, the most essential characteristics of Elder Porphyrios’s personality were as follows: first of all, the fact that his membership of the Church was of a substantial and not a nominal kind; secondly, his boundless love for Christ and through Him his fellow men, which was accompanied by a saintly humility; thirdly, his experience of mystical joy in Christ; and fourthly, his sense of immortality in Christ. a) Membership of the Church    Elder Porphyrios used to say, like all the saints, that Christ should be in the Church. This means that the faithful should be united with Christ and all of His people, and particularly with His archpriest, who is Christ’s representative. Yet this, being ...

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I’m educated so I have a right to … everything (Protopresbyter Georgios Dorbarakis)

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‘Educated people are very difficult, because they have strong inclinations towards individualism. I’d even say this: the educated among us won’t stand for any adverse comment on their behavior, but instead each thinks he or she is always right about everything’ (Saint Sophrony in Essex). Clearly the saint wasn’t against letters and education. This would hardly have been consistent, since he was vastly educated, the author of many books filled with wisdom, and an artist of merit (graduate of the Moscow School of Fine Arts) recognized widely throughout Europe. He does, however, point to a problem of our times, and, perhaps, of every time: that people educated in secular matters, people of the arts and sciences, ‘have strong inclinations towards individualism’, ...

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Saint Porphyrios Kavsokalyvitis (Part I) (George Arvanitis)

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‘Now you must be thinking, from what I’ve told you, that – well, I don’t know – I’m quite something. Well, I’m nothing, although I do try and am just beginning, it seems, to get a taste of the things that I talk about. I try to, I want to, and I actually do feel love for others, although I don’t want to force myself. But very often I experience these things through God’s Grace and do not speak. I’m not allowed to. I say whatever I’m allowed to say but I cannot always speak. Well, life without Christ is not worth living. There’s no doubt about that.’    Elder Porphyrios was born in 1906 in the village of Agios Ioannis ...

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The Rich Young Man Meets with Christ (Luke 18:18-30) (Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou)

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In our quiet expectation of the great feast of Christmas, ‘the metropolitan of feasts’, the Gospel readings of this period revolve around the burning question: ‘What shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ Man was formed for eternity and his spirit urgently demands it. Even centuries of a blissful life cannot satisfy his thirst for things eternal, immutable and good. For God not only ‘created man for incorruption, and made him to be an image of His own eternity’, but furthermore, He ‘left naught undone until He lifted him up to heaven’ to lay open new ‘paths of life’ to the sons of men. The question of how someone may inherit eternity is the only thing that has importance in his transitory ...

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The first part of the Divine Liturgy: The Liturgy of te Catechumens (Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios)

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Every Sunday morning in Orthodox Countries (and elsewhere in the world where the law does not forbid it), the church bells solemnly ring to invite the faithful to come together as one family of God–in the Holy House of their Father.   Everyone goes to the church for this Great Encounter, where hearts are moved by God’s mercy which is always present, even when we fall.   It is also where we forgive those who have hurt us, because if we do not forgive them, then God will not forgive us.  The priests and deacons also prepare, with a special short Service, so that their souls can worthily serve the Mystery of the Eucharist. They also ask forgiveness from everyone around them, ...

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Saint Catherine and the Smart Impious (James W. Lillie)

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What are we to make of Saint Catherine? We know really very little about her. Even her name is a mystery. According to some, she was originally called Damiani (by a happy coincidence the present Archbishop of Sinai and Abbot of the Monastery of Saint Katherine is called Damianos), although Rufinus claims that she was called Dorothea. At some stage, she became known as Katherine, but what this means is anyone’s guess. It has been derived from the Greek Hecate, or from καθαρός (katharos), meaning “pure” (as well as from Armenian and Arabic). Saint Catherine, Mount Sinai, 13th Century This confusion is central to one part of our argument. Her name in Greek is Αἰκατερίνα, so it is impossible that it derives ...

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Declaration of Independence (Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos)

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In 1919, in the aftermath of World War I, the cream of the intellectuals of the time (among whom were Einstein, Russell, Stefan Zweig and others) signed a manifesto which they called ‘Declaration of the Independence of the Mind*’. Among other things, they wrote: ‘Most of the intellectuals placed their science, their art, their reason, at the service of the governments… They have worked to destroy mutual understanding and mutual love among men… Now, when, from the fierce conflict in which the nations have been gripped, the victors and the vanquished emerge equally stricken, impoverished, and at the bottom of their hearts (though they will not admit it) utterly ashamed of their crisis of folly. …Arise! Let us free the mind ...

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