The Poor

“The rich exist for the sake of the poor. The poor exist for the salvation of the rich.” Saint Gennadius of Constantinople In many parts of the American countryside one can find the remnants of poorhouses (sometimes called workhouses), institutions run by local county or state governments as a means of dealing with the issue of the unemployed poor and‚Ķ

Laboring Over Oneself

The soul requires discipline to overcome disinclination The soul suffers from a certain blindness when it comes to itself. In its desire to be more relaxed, indolence, insensitivity and deceit rule the soul, and in our refusal to master the work of salvation, complacency sets in. Since no one can enter into our inner life but ourself, we are the…

Detachment

Detachment and the life of a Christian Detachment from the world is not necessarily cutting off all social contact with people, or avoiding any exposure to or contact with things of the world in some sort of pharisaical obsession with keeping oneself ritually ‘pure’. The work of purification is an inner work. Simply running away from things on the outside‚Ķ

The Two Natures of Christ

Christ is both human and Divine When the Second Person of the Holy Trinity became incarnate, He took on Himself the entirety of human nature. From that moment on in Jesus Christ there were two natures, two minds, two wills, all united in the One Person of the One Christ. He is both God and man united in the single…

Our Unity in Christ

We Chrisitians are collectively united in Christ The Church Fathers saw Orthodoxy as a Way of Life, rather than a religion. Although the Church has many of the same attributes as religion, this does not mean she is herself a religious institution. Rather, she is a Hospital for the Soul, wherein we can receive the healing that makes it possible…

Theophany

Also known as the Feast of Lights The Feast of the Holy Theophany of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ is celebrated each year on January 6 (19 New Style). The Feast commemorates the Baptism of Christ and the divine revelation of the Holy Trinity. At the Baptism of Christ, all three Persons of the Holy Trinity‚ÄĒFather, Son, and‚Ķ

The Middle Way

Do not turn to the right or to the left (Prov. 4:7) Evil is the sickness of the soul, for it deprives the soul of its own healthy nature, which is virtue. Virtues are in the middle between excess and laxness. It is the middle way that keeps us on the road to salvation. This is why we must not…

Bullying

Children must be taught kindness at an early age More and more frequently we read about children taking their own lives, having reached a place where they would rather be dead, than live another hour suffering from bullying. Too often parents and teachers have ignored the problem of bullying, dismissing it as nothing more than “kids will be kids”, and‚Ķ

Spiritual Therapy

Monasteries are therapeutic centers for spiritual healing Monastics are an integral part of the Church and should not be seen as independent of the Church Universal. Monks are bound by the same Gospel as other Christians and need to avail themselves to the missionary and pastoral needs of the Church, as needed. Although a primary role of monasticism is to…

Remembrance of God

Remembrance of God is the foundation of all good things The importance of having a regular confessor can not be underestimated. Most of us find it uncomfortable to think upon our faults, failures, and sins, because we like to “feel good” about ourselves. We puff up our image around others, brag about our accomplishments, and feign humility. We try to‚Ķ

Feast of the Circumcision

Christ shows us that He obeys the law and came to fulfill it, not to abolish it The Feast of the Holy Nativity,  the Feast of the Circumcision, and the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple,  are three consecutive events that marked the beginning of Christ’s life and ministry on this earth, and we celebrate those…