On Struggle

by Elder Nektary of Optina Monastery You want to learn love for God? Begin! I place before your attention the teachings of the Fathers about this: ‘Do you want to learn love for God? Withdraw from every deed, word, thought and sensation forbidden by the Gospels. By your enmity toward sin, which is so hateful […]

“Prayer without Ceasing” is Necessary for All Christians

by St Gregory Palamas Let no one think, my brother Christians, that it is the duty only of priests and monks to pray without ceasing, and not of laymen. No, no; it is the duty of all of us Christians to remain always in prayer. For look what the most holy Patriarch of Constantinople, Philotheus, […]

Why the Mother of God is the Greatest of All Saints

by St. Silouan the Athonite She never performed a single miracle during her earthly life. Even Time magazine has featured her on the cover more often than any other person. So why is the Ever-Virgin Mary considered the greatest of all the saints in the history of Christianity?  The humble soul is blessed. The Lord loves […]

The Difference Between the Emotional, the Physical, and the Spiritual

by Elder Sampson (Sievers) One must always remember the difference between the emotional, the spiritual, and the physical: the life of the spirit, the life of the soul (that is, the senses and emotions, and the life of the body. This is exactly where there is so much confusion. By the way, the Western [Christian] […]

The Purpose of God’s Providence is to Unite

by St. Maximus the Confessor The purpose of God’s Providence is to unite, by means of right faith and spiritual love, people who have been separated by evil. To this end the Savior also suffered for us, “in order to gather together the children of God who were scattered.” (John 11:52) (St. Maximus Confessor, Chapters […]

Repentance for the Righteous and for the Heathen

by Hermas of the 70 (1st century) “For the Lord has sworn by His glory, in regard to His elect, that if any one of them sin after a certain day which has been fixed, he shall not be saved. For the repentance of the righteous has limits. Filled up are the days of repentance […]

Tradition: To Follow Where the Church Leads

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 […]

“I Need to Know the Real Thought of God, Not My Own Personal Opinion”

by St. Nicholas of Japan Sometimes Japanese protestants come to me and ask me to clarify some place in the Holy Scriptures. “You have your own missionary teachers,” I tell them, “Go ask them. What do they say?” “We have asked them. They say: understand as you know how. But I need to know the […]