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Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk. 10:25-37): A Lesson in Humanity and Living Faith

Introduction The Gospel pericope of Luke 10:25-37, better known by its title, the Parable of the Good Samaritan, is universal and relevant to all peoples, irrespective of their position within society, their age, their cultural context, the era in which they live or their geographical location. This is because the question raised by an arrogant and deceitful practitioner of the ... Read More »

Saint Paisios on Humbleness and Patience

“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (Jc 4:6) Father Paisios used to say: – When we patiently endure our problems and turn to God for help, we notice that He gives us the best possible solution. Unfortunately, in our days, people are very impatient. We do not love patience at all. Christ assured us, however, that ... Read More »

St. Benedict of Nursia: The Twelve Steps To Humility

Brothers, divine Scripture calls to us saying: “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11; 18:14). In saying this, therefore, it shows us that every exaltation is a kind of pride, which the Prophet indicates he has shunned, saying, “Lord, my heart is not exalted; my eyes are not lifted up and I ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Luke; Lk 16:19-31 The Rich Man and Lazarus

Christs’ account of the parable of the rich man and Lazarus should raise questions in each one of us regarding our attitude to our current way of life, and what we must do to acquire eternal life after death. A basic teaching in this parable is the fact that life after death is an “echo” of the current one, which ... Read More »

Writings of Saint Nectarios of Aegina: An Anthology of Nectarian Teachings

Selected Passages From the Writings of Orthodox Saints Compiled by Father Demetrios Serfes Christianity. Christian religion is not a certain philosophic system, about which learned men, trained in metaphysical studies, argue and then either espouse or reject, according to the opinion each one has formed. It is faith, established in the souls of men, which ought to be spread to the ... Read More »

An Ode to The Feast of the Dormition

What is greater than to be called – and to be – the Mother of God – the source of life whom Christ took the humanity that He made divine? St Paul said: ‘if the root is holy, then the branches are also’ (Rom. 11:16). Her body is the bridal-chamber of virginity, the heaven above us, the earth that brings ... Read More »

7th Sunday of Matthew; Matt 9:27-35

“And when the demon had been cast out, the mute spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, ‘Never was anything like this seen in Israel.’  (Matt. 9:33) This Gospel refers to two miracles: the healing of two blind men, and a demon-possessed deaf and mute person, by Jesus Christ. Authority over life and death is in the hand of God alone ... Read More »

Cain and Abel, The Publican and the Pharisee: Accounts in Parallel

Upon an initial reading of the Genesis account of Cain and Abel (Gen 4:1-7), one would superficially conclude with the question of why God did not accept Cain’s sacrifice, which may seem to be undue preference of a petty and jealous God. Quite often Cain’s overreaction by killing his brother out of jealousy and envy, is often overlooked and explained ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Matthew (Mat 8:28-9:1)

This Gospel reminds us more or less of our own troubled time where people who by following their own imagination and individual notions of life, create huge problems in the peaceful course of humanity. It would be no exaggeration to state that Church life in today’s world has become irrelevant. This is why as mature and serious Christians, Christ’s presence ... Read More »