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 canonize Elder Porphyrios, under the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. The canonization of the Elder will take place on December 1st 2013 in the … [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 good and beauty; in his artistic creativity he never placed beauty apart from the good and the true. And he was right, because these three live … [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 waves. After the miraculous feeding of the five thousand people with five loaves and two fishes, the Evangelist Matthew relates: And straightway Jesus … [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...]