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...

When You’re Weak and Struggling

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by St. John Maximovitch  God’s grace always assists those who struggle, but this does not mean that a struggler is always in the position of a victor. Sometimes in the arena the wild animals did not touch the righteous ones, but by no means were they all preserved untouched. What is important is not victory or the position of a victor, but rather the labor of striving towards God and devotion to ... More...

Two Criminals

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by St. Augustine of Hippo Two criminals were crucified with Christ. One was saved - do not despair. One was not - do not presume.     ... More...