MAKING IT A HABIT

When We Do the Wrong Things Habitually That we must struggle with our passions is a given. All the holy fathers counsel us to do battle with the passions, yet we continue committing the same sins over and over.Sometimes it is because we’ve allowed ourselves to fall into the habit of submitting to the same passions time and again. We…

REGENERATION

Becoming Partakers of the Divine Nature Although our regeneration began with baptism, our repentance opens the gates to grace after grace. Repentance is the second regeneration in that through our repentance, the door to the mercy of God opens wide. In being regenerated by God’s mercy, we are justified before God, but not in the judicial sense of evangelical protestant…

COMMUNAL NATURE

The Communal Nature of Our Salvation Salvation is communal by its very nature. The fierce individualism found in much of what claims to be Christianity is in opposition to the Orthodox understanding of faith. The Church as the Body of Christ is where we are united in Christ, becoming part of the community. The ancient Greek word Ecclesia literally means…

REMEMBRANCE

Remembrance of the Things of God Today is the perfect day to start doing battle with the passions that create a state of unrest in our hearts. Tomorrow may be too late to begin this battle, for none of us knows the day we will face God, and be called upon to account for our life. In our forgetfulness, the…

THE NEW PAGANISM

The Paganism That is the New Age Movement The Western World is seeing a mass departure from her Christian roots, leaving a huge spiritual vacuum in its wake. Filling this spiritual void is a newly constructed form of ancient paganism, called the “New Age movement.” This seductive philosophy is luring millions of one-time Christians, pulling them into a trap from…

THE PAIN OF SUFFERING

The Lord Used My Pain to Help Others in Pain As a child I was bullied by other children, and even a few teachers, because they all thought I was stupid. I suffered from dyslexia at a time when it was an unknown learning disability. It was not until I was in graduate school that I found, after taking a…

THE KINDLY PRIEST

The Kindly Priest and the American Tourist A protestant woman from Tacoma, WA. was on vacation with her husband in the Greek city of Athens. Each day she walked to a small sidewalk cafe near the hotel for her coffee and watched the locals pass by. One of these locals was an Orthodox priest who’d pass by the cafe on…

COURAGE AND FAITH

Verses Anxiety and Unease If we are easily offended, or lose our peace of mind when someone treats us badly, inner peace cannot be attained. The Christian who lives his life with internal strife and worry edifies neither other Christians, nor does he reflect anything of Christianity that would be attractive to those who have no faith. Such a person…

RESPONDING TO THE ABUSER

We are Not Required to Remain in an Abusive Relationship Although the best way to respond to another person’s anger is not to withdraw, but to move towards them with kindness, there are times when distancing yourself from someone who is angry is necessary. There is absolutely no good reason for you to move towards another when they are being…

THE THREE DISCIPLINES

Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving Jesus Christ called for a thorough conversion of our heart and mind, and a complete turning away from the old man (our fallen nature). The main act that begins this conversion is metanoia, which means thorough change of mind. This happens when we become aware that we have sinned, and that we are in need of…