God’s Obedience To Us

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by St. Nikolai Velimirovich Speaking on a human level, Christ raised Himself to primacy in the Church, the world and human history by obedience. No one can be a good superior who has not gone through the school of obedience. Adam lost his power and primacy over the animals and the natural elements in the hour when he showed himself disobedient to God. “Obedience begets obedience; if a man ... More...

The Man Who Loved Christ More Than All

Apostle Paul

by St. John Chrysostom No man loved Christ more than Paul. No man exhibited greater zeal, no man was counted worthy of more grace: nevertheless, after all these great advantages, he still has fears and tremblings concerning this government and those who were governed by him. I fear, he says, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted ... More...

What About Marriage?

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by St. John Chrysostom The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together. Men will take up arms and even sacrifice their lives for the sake of this love. St. Paul would not speak so earnestly about this subject without serious reason; why else would he say, “Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord?” Because when harmony prevails, the children are raised well, ... More...

The Challenge Of Our Time

Valaam Monastery

by Fr. George Florovsky "The great Russian bishop of the last century, Theophanes "The Recluse" (d. 1894), in one of his pastoral letters makes a startling statement. What the Russian Church most needed, he said, was "a band of firebrands," which would set the world on fire. The incendiaries must be themselves burning and go around to inflame human minds and hearts. Theophanes did not trust a ... More...

“Here We Cannot Boast…”

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by St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow, Enlightener of North America "Here we cannot boast of great numbers, neither of renown, nor of wealth, nor of learning--all that is valued in this world. We are strong here only in one thing- in possessing the True Orthodox Faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God (Eph. 2:8'), and we should ask the Lord for the increase of this gift. Let them ... More...