One Ascetic Woman

orthodox-nun

by St. Ambrose of OptinaOne ascetic woman was besieged for a long time with unclean thoughts. When the Lord came and cast them away from her, she called to Him: ‘Where were you before now, O my sweet Jesus?’ The Lord answered: ‘I was in your heart.’ She said then: ‘How could that be? For my heart was full of unclean thoughts.’ The Lord said to her: ‘Know that I was in your heart, for you were not ... More...

On Divine Punishment: A Homily for the Sunday of the Paralytic

Paralyic

by St. Ignatius BrianchaninovBehold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee (Jn. 5:14).This is the commandment the Lord gave to the paralytic whom He healed, as we heard today in the Gospels.Beloved brethren! This commandment of the Lord has enormous importance for us. It teaches us that we are subjected to sickness and other catastrophes of this earthly life for our ... More...

Love and Glory in the World

Give-Love-Away

by St. Symeon the New Theologian"Apart from love nothing whatever has existed, nor ever will. Its names and actions are many. More numerous still are its distinctive marks; divine and innumerable are its properties. Yet it is one in nature, wholly beyond utterance whether on the part of angels or men or any other creatures, even such as are unknown to us. Reason cannot comprehend it; its glory is ... More...

The Antichrist, the Cross and the Third Sunday in Lent

The Holy Cross

by St. Gregory Palamas The Cross of Christ was mysteriously proclaimed in advance and foreshadowed from generations of old and no one was ever reconciled with God except by the power of the Cross. After our First Parents transgressed against God through the tree in paradise, sin came to life, but we died, submitting, even before physical death, to the death of the soul, its separation from God. ... More...

In Proportion to Your Humility

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by St. Isaac the Syrian In proportion to your humility you are given patience in your woes; and in proportion to your patience the burden of your afflictions is made lighter and you will find consolation; in proportion to your consolation, your love of God increases; and in proportion to your love, your joy in the Holy Spirit is magnified. Once men have truly become His sons, our tenderly ... More...