Soul-Killing State Of Mind: Part 4

“Universal Life Energy” Therapy: Encounters with the Occult. © 2012 by Amelia Bacic-Tulevski. Excerpt reprinted with permission. Just as meditation and yoga have become popular practices in the Christian West, so too has the practice of reiki, a so called universal life energy therapy. Facilities offering reiki services include hospitals, holistic “healing” centers, gyms, and […]

Soul-Killing State Of Mind: Part 3

Yoga and Meditation: Spiritual Transformation in the Wrong Direction. © 2012 by Amelia Bacic-Tulevski. Excerpt reprinted with permission. It can be argued that the goal of any religion, Christian or otherwise, is spiritual transformation. In Christian Orthodoxy, the ultimate goal of transforming oneself is to attain theosis, or union with God. The faithful Orthodox strives […]

Soul-Killing State Of Mind: Part 2

Religion that Feels Good: The Appeal of Eastern Spiritual Practices. © 2012 by Amelia Bacic-Tulevski. Excerpt reprinted with permission. “Eastern religions” is a catchall term encompassing a vast array of belief systems. Some, including Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoism, Shinto, and Confucianism, are theistic (mostly polytheistic). Others, like Buddhism and Jainism, are atheistic. While the various Eastern […]

Soul-Killing State Of Mind: Part 1

The irreconcilability of Far Eastern spiritual practices and the Orthodox faith © 2012 by Amelia Bacic-Tulevski. Excerpt reprinted with permission. Are Christians permitted to practice meditation and yoga? Does karma mean “what goes around comes around?” Is reiki a legitimate therapeutic technique with promising results? In scrupulous detail, Amelia exposes the spiritually fatal nature of […]

Casting Out Christians

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In the Gospel of St. Luke, the last of his “four beatitudes” includes a detail not found in the parallel place in St. Matthew; it is a reference to those who “revile and cast out your name as evil’ (Luke 6:22). Our understanding of this reference should begin, I think, […]

A Christian Understanding of Freedom

by Archbishop Dmitri of Dallas and the South (of Blessed Memory) People generally use the word freedom in order to describe two things: the first and perhaps most persistent meaning of the term is simply lack of subjection to any kind of ownership or tyrannical authority, the lack of restriction of one’s actions, the absence […]

On How Your Dog is Morally Superior To You

by St. Basil the Great from the  blog, Lord I Have Cried Unto Thee. Another patristic witness of the sentiment and wisdom behind the words of Abba Xanthios. “A Dog is better than I because he loves and does not judge.” So I just recently referred a friend to St. Basil the Great’s Hexaemeron – […]

Who Sold Joseph Into Slavery

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich Abba John the Short asked the monks: “Who sold Joseph?” [Genesis 37-50] One monk replied: “His brothers.” To that, the elder replied: “No brethren, rather his humility. Joseph could have said that he is their brother and could have protested to being sold but he remained silent. His humility, therefore, sold […]