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Geronta, Why Are The Demons Afraid Of You?”

Dilemma Question

By Elder Ephraim of Arizona There was a holy man who cast out demons—the demons feared him. One of his disciples asked him, “Geronta, why are the demons afraid of you?” “My child, I will tell you”, said the Elder. “I had a mental war with carnal thoughts, but I never allowed myself to yield to them. I had always ... Read More »

On India and Buddhism – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Religions of India

Patriarch Bartholomew speaks out on India and Buddhism: Behind the “New Age” movement one can also discern a rediscovery of India, and particularly of Buddhism. Many westerners today report that they find true serenity in Buddhism. They learn that there exists a dharma (to use the Sanskrit word), a path of salvation, a world order; one could even call it ... Read More »

“It is our fault that there are people who do not know Christ”

Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol - Cyprus 01

Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol talks about end times, trust in God and the mission of Church How unique are our times? How to overcome spiritual weakness? What to do if you don’t have an experienced spiritual father? How to pray and support the mission of Church? What is contemporary monasticism? Why must married people read paterikons? Well-known Greek preacher, Metropolitan ... Read More »

Professor Demetrios Tselengides critiques the Organization and Working Procedure of the upcoming Pan-Orthodox Synod

Professor Dimitrios Tselingidis

Having written a previous letter critiquing the the up-coming Pan Orthodox Synod, Professor Demetrios Tselengides has written a new letter addressed to the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece. As professor of the School of Theology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dr Tselengides stresses and highlights the problematic parts of the “Organization and Working Procedure of the Holy and Great Council,” as well as ... Read More »

Love is Mightier than the Sword

Orphans

Violence is not limited only to wars, battles, military operations, killing, expulsions… it is also when the law of love is not put into practice with regard to those who need our assistance. By Fr Georges Massouh “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). We can say without any hesitation that this ... Read More »

Prayer of the Heart for the Faithful Living in the World

Orthodox Christians praying and cultivating nepsis

Archimandrite Ephraim of Vatopedi The question is always being asked, “Is it possible for those living in the world to occupy themselves with noetic [1] prayer?” To those who ask we answer quite affirmatively, “Yes.” In order to make this exhortation of ours comprehensible to those interested, but at the same time to make aware those who are unaware, we ... Read More »

Theological observations and critique of the Text of the Upcoming Pan-Orthodox Council

Professor Dimitrios Tselingidis

Observations on the text: “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World” Professor of the Theological School at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dr. Dimitrios Tselengidis has sent his first theological observations to the Orthodox hierarchs of several Local Orthodox Churches (including those of Greece, Russia, Serbia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Alexandria, and Antioch) concerning the text: “Relations ... Read More »

Breaking Through the Spiritual Sound Barrier

Phoenix

By Matushka Constantina This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read concerning the difficult points in one’s struggle to attain holiness. I thought you’d all benefit as well from the elder’s divinely-inspired words. From Archimandrite Athanasios Mitilinaios.  Homilies on the Book of Revelation. trans. Constantine Zalalas (St.Nikodemos Publications: Bethlehem, 2009), 201-202: When you begin to climb spiritually, at ... Read More »

TO BE BLACK AND ORTHODOX: PART OF MY STORY

African American Orthodox Flag03

By John Gresham I have a friend who is considering becoming an Orthodox Christian.  She is African-American and is concerned that by joining the Orthodox Church that she would be turning her back on black culture.  While she likes everything about the ancient faith, she notices the lack of Negro spirituals and the preaching style of the church we grew ... Read More »

The Tale of the Prayer and the Little Fox

Egyptian Fellah (Peasant)

In Egypt, in whose ancient Christian past there had once been many grand monasteries, there once lived a monk who befriended an uneducated and simple peasant farmer. One day this peasant said to the monk, “I too respect God who created this world! Every evening I pour out a bowl of goat’s milk and leave it out under a palm ... Read More »