Elder Pophyrios: One Should Feel Sorry for the Person Wounded by a Criminal

Excerpt from the book Elder Porphyrios: A Spiritual Child Remembers by the late Constantine Giannitsioti, translated by Marina M.Robb. Painting on Home page: "The Prodigal Son" by Vincent Van Gogh (Detail) Elder Porphyrios, an Athonite monk, was a spiritual father and confessor in the center of Athens for over 30 years, helping thousands of people with his counseling and ministry. He is known as the monk who brought the Jesus Prayer to busy center of Athens, Omonia Square. December 2, 2013: The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, during its gathering today, moved to … [Read more...]

The Meaning of Dostoevsky’s “Beauty Will Save the World”

By Vladimir Soloviev “Beauty will save the world” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot Dostoevsky not only preached, but, to a certain degree also demonstrated in his own activity this reunification of concerns common to humanity–at least of the highest among these concerns–in one Christian idea. Being a religious person, he was at the same time a free thinker and a powerful artist. These three aspects , these three higher concerns were not differentiated in him and did not exclude one another, but entered indivisibly into all his activity. In his convictions he never separated truth from … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko: A Deeper Level of Thanksgiving [AUDIO]

Fr. Tom encourages us to remember the place of gratitude and thanksgiving in the Christian life and tells us how we can go deeper and higher into the meaning of gratitude. [audio: http://audio.ancientfaith.com/hopko/stt_2008-11-24.mp3] … [Read more...]

Staying Afloat on the Sea of Life

Source: Pravmir | Archimandrite Kirill August 25, 2013 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me (Matthew 14:30). In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit! Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord! Today we had offered for our attention the wondrous and for us very precious account from the Gospel of the Lord’s miraculous walking on the sea and of His deliverance of His disciples, who were perishing in the waves of the sea, and of the Apostle Peter, who was trying to walk over the … [Read more...]

Mark 4:35-41 — Jesus Calms the Storm

Jesus’ calming the storm by rebuking the powers of nature (vv. 35-41) demonstrates His divinity and authority. We learn from St. Mark that, in the words of the St. Athanasius the Great, “The Lord Who rebuked (the storm) was not a creature, but rather its Creator.” St. Basil the Great further teaches us that “by these encounters we are meeting the Father of the Son, the Father Who creates through the Son. … [Read more...]

Ten Steps to a Better Prayer Life

Author Unknown If you want to improve your prayer life, start now. These ideas may seem of little significance, but can help you make leaps and bounds in the intensity and consistency of your prayer. 1. Designate A Prayer Space Whether it is in the corner of your desk or a little stand in your room, it is important to have a place where you can put your Bible, Icons, etc. Dedicate the use of that space for God alone. 2. Acquire A Time Incorporate prayer in your routine and set time aside to center your thoughts to God. 3. Acquire A Library Start with a Bible, then get a … [Read more...]

St. John Chrysostom: The Dove at Jesus’ Baptism

St. John Chrysostom. Homily XII on St. Matthew But why in the fashion of a dove? Gentle is that creature, and pure. Forasmuch then as the Spirit too is “a Spirit of meekness” (Galatians 6:1), He therefore appears in this sort. And besides, He is reminding us of an ancient history. For so, when once a common shipwreck had overtaken the whole world, and our race was in danger of perishing, this creature appeared, and indicated the deliverance from the tempest, and bearing an olive branch, (Genesis 8) published the good tidings of the common calm of the whole world; all which was a type of … [Read more...]

C.S. Lewis and Intelligent Design

This first week of November, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of beloved writer C.S. Lewis. "C.S. Lewis and Intelligent Design" is the third of three short documentaries inspired by the book The Magician's Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society. Lewis is best known for his magical stories about Narnia, but a new documentary explores his life-long struggle to find intelligent design in a world filled with pain. For more information visit cslewisweb.com. … [Read more...]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

By Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse In the Christian tradition of both east and west, the twelve days of Christmas refer to the period from Christmas Day to Theophany. The days leading up to Christmas were for preparation; a practice affirmed in the Orthodox tradition by the Christmas fast that runs from November 15 to Christmas day. The celebration of Christmas did not begin until the first of the twelve days. As our culture became more commercialized, the period of celebration shifted from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day. Christmas celebration increasingly conforms to the shopping cycle while the … [Read more...]

Orthodox Leadership in a Brave New World

Source: Pravmir | By Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse Almost thirty years ago Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn delivered an address at Harvard University that still ranks as one of the most trenchant and inspired critiques of Western culture ever given. Although some of the political references are dated, two observations remain as true today as when they were first spoken. The first is that the philosophical materialism that shaped communism and led to the Gulags now operates in the Western world. The second is that mankind stands at an anthropological threshold. What is philosophical … [Read more...]