To Be Protected From Tricks

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by St. Vincent of Lerins If someone wants to be protected from tricks and remain healthy in the faith, he must confine his faith first to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, and secondly to the Tradition of the Church. But someone may ask, is not the canon of Scripture sufficient for everything, and why should we add thereto the authority of Tradition? This is because not everyone ... More...

Only Christians Can Know The Meaning Of Life

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by St. Nikolai Velimirovich "Only Christians can know what the meaning of life is. Period. And the purpose is – the kingdom of heaven. The first words of Christ or the proclamation of this purpose, quote repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." His last words were, quote go into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature". Are his stories not all about the kingdom of heaven? ... More...

The Three Ways of Attention and Prayer

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by St. Symeon the New Theologian There are three ways of attention and prayer, by which the soul can be lifted and become spiritually exhalted, or crumble and perish. If these three ways are used appropriately and at the right time, the soul will be lifted, whilst if they are used unreasonably and at the wrong time, the soul will perish. Attention therefore should be tied and inseparable to ... More...

He Promised, and is Not a Liar

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by St. Symeon the New Theologian Provided they live a worthy life, both those who choose to dwell in the midst of noise and hubbub and those who dwell in monasteries, mountains and caves can achieve salvation. Solely because of their faith in Him, God bestows great blessings on them. Hence those who because of their laziness have failed to attain salvation will have no excuse to offer on the ... More...

On Frequent Communion

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by Hieromonk Arsenius of Mt. Athos He that rarely approaches this saving Mystery is estranging himself from salvation. Even common sense can grasp the truth of this. He who receives Holy Communion often, also cleanses his conscience often in the Mystery of Confession, and in reliving his grief and contrition over the sins he has committed, he sets the saving fear of God as seal on his soul, ... More...