How Idol Worshippers Will Be Put To Shame

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by St. Nikolai VelimirovichAs the thief is ashamed when caught, so shall the house of Israel be ashamed: They who say to apiece of wood, 'You are my father' and to a stone 'You gave me birth:' They turn to Me their backs, nottheir faces; yet in time of trouble they cry out,`Rise up and save us !' " (Jeremiah 2: 26-27).In truth brethren, they will all be put to shame who do not see beyond wood and ... More...

Nothing Created by God is Evil

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by St. Maximus the ConfessorNothing created by God is evil. It is not food that is evil but gluttony, not the begetting of children but unchastity, not material things but avarice, not esteem but self-esteem. It is only the misuse of things that is evil, not the things themselves.   ... More...

One Ascetic Woman

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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

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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

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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...