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There’s no end (Elder Iosif the Hesychast)

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It’s not the case that God’s been described and that’s it, or that His attributes are able to be so described. When, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, we enter into the bosom of Glorification, we’re aware of all these endless, intangible, undiscernible, boundless attributes. This is why I said that repentance has no limit.

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The Literal Truth of the Phrase ‘Confession Saves Lives’

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A priest in Thessaloniki received a tormented young man whom he didn’t know, for confession. He listened carefully to what he had to say, saw the problems that were troubling him, sympathized, and gave him directions as to how he might free himself from his passions and problems. At the end, he gave him absolution. Afterwards, the priest felt the need to speak to the young man in a more graphic way. As a mother takes a child and shows it what’s going on in the world around, he took the young man into the church and cast his eyes around looking for an appropriate scene. He stopped at the icon of Christ saving Peter from the waves, the one ...

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Grave and weighty errors (Abba Dorotheos)

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If we recall the words of the great Elders, if we study them, it’ll be hard for us to fall into sin, difficult for us to neglect ourselves. Because, if we act precisely as they advise us, and don’t ignore the little things and what we might think of as insignificant, then we won’t fall into great and grievous sins.

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Dialogue of religions: historical experience and principal foundations (Sergey Horujy, Academician)

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1. Some Pages of History Cultural consciousness of our times formed up by the age of Enlightenment considers relations of different religions and faiths as marked predominantly by discords, conflicts and wars. But inter-religious relations have always been one of the most important factors in civilization dynamics, and the need of their peaceful character has always been strong. Therefore attempts of contact and dialogue as well as the search for some strategy or model of harmonious relations between spiritual traditions and religions, in fact, have never ceased. Their systematic and more or less uninterrupted history begins approximately in the middle of the XIX century. In the earlier periods, in various cultural spaces we find scattered events that could be regarded as ...

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Experiences from a Conference: the Internet at the Pastoral Service of the Church (Hieromonk Alexios Yiannios)

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By God’s Grace, a fortnight has passed since the end of the 2nd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care, which was held at the congenial conference centre of the Orthodox Academy of Crete, at Kolymbari, Hania, with the blessing of His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew II. The conference was hosted by Metropolitan Amphilochios of Kiasimos and Selinos. The centre and spiritual heart of the Conference was the Holy Altar of the venerable basilica of the Stavropegic Monastery of Our Lady the Guide, Gonia, where, every day, the head of the conference celebrated the Divine Eucharist, a sacrament of the Church and the centre of the spiritual existence of its shepherds. The guiding force behind this five-day spiritual ...

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Wicked arrows (Saint John Chrysostom)

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What are the devil’s arrows? They’re wicked desires, unclean thoughts, devastating passions, rage, jealousy, envy, anger, hatred, love of money and every other form of indolence. All of these can be demolished by the sword of the Spirit, that is the word of God.

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Practical instruction (Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi)

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There’s no other factor that’s so effective as various sorrows, self-inflicted or otherwise, in bringing the mind to a humble outlook. The impossibility of its redemption teaches it in practical terms just how insignificant and inconsequential it is. Then the Lord’s words ‘You can do nothing without me’ (Jn. 15, 5) become perfectly clear and, with the assistance of Grace, the mind ascends to the real world of the kingdom above.

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The Fourth Ecumenical Synod (Metropolitan Ierotheos of Nafpaktos and Ayios Vlasios)

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The 3rd Ecumenical Synod dealt with the heresy of Nestorios, the Patriarch of Constantinople. It condemned him and defined the faith as regards the theanthropic Christ and Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God. This was after an agreement, known as the Formula for Reunion, was reached in 433 between Saint Cyril of Alexandria and John of Antioch. After the demise of these two Patriarchs, however, their fanatical disciples re-opened the issue, in the belief that both of them had retreated from their previously-held positions, and this caused a number of problems for the Church. One of the protagonists was Eftykhis (Eutyches) who taught that our Lord Jesus Christ did, indeed, have two natures, before they were unified, but recognized only ...

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Saint Paul’s Chains (Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos)

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What is the greatest glory of Saint Paul the Apostle? What was the greatest of God’s gifts to him? Why should we call him blessed and envy him? Saint John Chrysostom answers: ‘I call Paul blessed not so much because he was caught up into Paradise as because he was imprisoned for Christ. I don’t call him blessed so much because he heard ineffable words as because he suffered in chains for Christ. Paul himself confirms this when he writes to the Ephesians. He doesn’t say: “I urge you as a person who has heard ineffable words”, but “I beg you as a prisoner in Christ”’. ‘The hands of Saint Paul weren’t so worthy when he cured the cripple in Lystra as they ...

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What you get for condemning others (Saint John of the Ladder)

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Listen to me, listen to me all you harsh judges of other people’s sins. If it’s true- and it really is- that ‘as you judge, so will you be judged’ (Matth. 7, 2), then you can be certain that, as many sins as we’ve condemned our neighbour for- be they physical or spiritual- we will also fall into them. It’s impossible for things to be otherwise.

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Non-Gender and One-Gender in the Gnostic Gospels (6) (Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.)

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In its efforts to restrict the practice of self-mutilation, the Church adopted strict canons. According to the Apostolic Canons, a eunuch who had performed self-mutilation would be debarred from holy orders; for he is a self-murderer and an enemy of God’s creation (Canon 22). In the event that an active cleric were to castrate himself, he was to be defrocked, because he was considered a murderer of himself: ‘If anyone who is a clergyman should mutilate himself, let him be defrocked; for he is a murderer of himself’ (Canon 23). Finally, any Christian at all who commits this act was to be excommunicated for a period of three years: ‘A layman who mutilates himself shall be excommunicated for three years: ...

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It gives us courage (Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi)

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The Lord’s uncreated Grace supports us like a mother and not only saves us from every calamity, but also comforts our spirit with the sweetness of its presence inspiring us with courage for new defences and attacks. In sufferings and trials in general, our sprit grows and our spiritual knowledge expands. ‘In my sorrow you have saved me, giving respite to my soul’. (Ps.4, 1).

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Christianity in the Contemporary World: In Search of New Perspectives of a Dialogue of Religions (Sergey Horujy, Academician)

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1. At the turn of the 19th century, German poet and mystical philosopher Novalis wrote his famous essay Christendom or Europe. Already the title of it was stating clearly the identity of the two historical phenomena; and though Novalis described the process through which Europe was gradually losing “the beautiful chief characteristics of these truly Christian times,” he was convinced that the original identity could not be lost. Europe and the Western World, could be Christianity, better or worse, but they could not be anything else at their core, since there is not (and there cannot be) another ultimate meaning of their historical existence. “Ultimate meaning cannot be annihilated, it can be just clouded, weakened, superseded by other meanings.” And we ...

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