Do Orthodox Worship the Martyrs?

by St. Jerome of Stridonium “We do not worship the relics of the martyrs, but honor them in our worship of Him whose martyrs they are. We honor the servants in order that the respect paid to them may be reflected back to the Lord.” 

Seeking Truth Outside the Church

by St. Irenaeus of Lyons One should not seek among others the truth that can be easily gotten from the Church. For in her, as in a rich treasury, the apostles have placed all that pertains to truth, so that everyone can drink this beverage of life. She is the door of life. Against Heresies, […]

The Place of Children

by St. John Chrysostom Let everything take second place to our care of our children, our bringing them up to the discipline and instruction of the Lord. If from the beginning we teach them to love true wisdom, they will have more wealth and glory than riches can provide.    

If You Want To Have Love in Your Heart, but Find None

It really is this easy, and yes, it does work exactly this way. by St. Ambrose of Optina “If you find that there is no love in you, but you want to have it, then do deeds of love, even though you do them without love in the beginning. The Lord will see you desire […]

What is the Will of God?

by Archimandrite Symeon (Kragiopoulos) Every now and then, some people ask: “But, what is God’s will? I don’t know the will of God.” What don’t you know? You don’t know, for example, that you should be praying a bit more than you are now? Does somebody really need to tell you this? You don’t know […]

Is There Anybody Out There? Does God Not Answer Prayer?

Why Petitions are “Not Answered” and How Intercession Works by Fr John Maitland Moir “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain “Move hence to yonder place”, and it will move” You probably know the story of the old Scots woman whose cottage window was overshadowed by […]

Regretting the Jesus Prayer

by St. Theophan the Recluse Many of St Theophan’s books have been translated into English, and are reliable spiritual guides for Orthodox Christians of today. St Theophan’s gift was the ability to present the wisdom of the Fathers in terms which modern people can understand. Since he lived close to our own time, many readers find […]

Communion on the Day of One’s Death

by Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) “According to ancient Church tradition, the soul of a person who takes Communion on the day of death immediately ascends to the throne of the Lord.”   Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) is the author of the internationally acclaimed, best selling book “Everyday Saints and Other Stories”