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Role of Temptations – Fr Dumitiru Staniloae

We grow spiritually both from our temptations for pleasure and the trials we face from pain.  We are either drawn to something based on our appetite for it or reject it by our refusal to accept it. The spiritual tests we receive are either attractive or repulsive. These tests are not merely for our self-knowing, but hey are aimed to ... Read More »

Saint Theophan the Recluse: What it means to be Diligent

Seeking to live the life according to God’s will is what we are called to do.  This Saint Theophan calls being diligent. Here is how he puts it.  Our entire lives, in all their parts and  details, must be devoted to God. The general rule is that everything you do should be done according to the Divine will and for ... Read More »

ST KOSMAS THE AETOLIAN: A TEACHING ON HOW TO PRAY

My dearly beloved, The Lord wants to protect us from great calamities as well as the dangers of the Final Judgement, He bestowed one particular teaching essential for protecting and saving us. What is this teaching I am referring to? Simply that to do on to others what you would expect them to do to you, for if you do not ... Read More »

A Guide for Receiving Holy Eucharist (Communion)

(Jesus Said): “Truly”, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you…For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed” (John 6:53, 55). When we receive Holy Eucharist (Thanksgiving), we are receiving Jesus Himself. This tangible experience and action allows us the ... Read More »

On the Prayer Before Communion

By Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh Every time we come to Communion we say to the Lord that we come to Him Who is the Saviour of sinners, but we also state that we consider ourselves as the greatest of all. How much truth is there in such a statement when we make it? Or how can we make such a ... Read More »

On Prayer – Saint Isaac the Syrian

Prayer is undoubtably the most frequently discussed and most thoroughly developed theme in Saint Isaac…. ‘Prayer’, according to Evagrius Ponticus, ‘is the converse of the mind with God’.[1] For Isaac the Syrian, the converse of the mind with God is the highest and most important spiritual activity of a Christian, and cannot be compared with any other endeavor: ‘Just as nothing ... Read More »

Why We Pray Facing East

By Deacon Charles Joiner Facing East is an ancient tradition, grounded in sure knowledge about the Second Coming, first told us by the Lord, and then repeated by an angel after the disciples had just seen the Lord ascend into heaven: “For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the ... Read More »