What is the Human Nous?

by Fr, John Romanides The chief concern of the Orthodox Church is the healing of the human soul. The Church has always considered the soul as the part of the human being that needs healing because She has seen from Hebrew tradition, from Christ Himself, and from the Apostles that in the region of the physical […]

Body and Soul, and the School of Synergy

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Church Fathers sometimes use the word synthesis when they speak of the mutual relationship of man’s soul and body (E.g., Clement of Alexandria, Stromateis 4.26; Cyril of Alexandria, Letters 45; Maximus the Confessor, Letters 15). When they treat of the synthetic quality of human nature, however, they are not […]

What is the Nous, and How is it Distinct from the Soul?

by Fr. John Whiteford More excellent work from “Stump the Priest” Question: “What do we mean by the “nous,” how is it distinct from the soul, and are the Orthodox the only ones who speak about the “nous”?” This question is complicated by the fact that the word “nous” (which is usually translated into English […]

On Those Permitted by God to Test Us

by St. Maximos the Confessor Those permitted by God to test us either inflame the desiring aspect of the soul, or stir up its incensive power, or darken its intelligence, or envelop its body in pain, or deprive us of bodily necessities.   Share the post “On Those Permitted by God to Test Us” FacebookGoogle+LinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailBookmarkPrint

What Is Authentic Interior Worship?

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Perhaps among the least appreciated, and seldom thought on, descriptions of Jesus our Lord is the one given by John the Baptist: “His winnowing shovel is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor; and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up […]

The Salvation of the Soul is Neither a Whim Nor a Game

by Fr. Octavian Moshin All our concerns about “daily bread” should be equal to what is necessary for our existence, while the main purpose and concern of our earthly life should be to seek an answer to the question of how to spend our lives in a God-pleasing manner and how to acquire the salvation […]

The Arena of Christ’s Soul

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In this article, Fr. Patrick somewhat confirms my idea that spiritual warfare is, in many ways, a war of intelligence (in the military sense). Over the centuries preachers and hymnographers have declared that the shedding of a single drop of Christ’s blood—una stilla, wrote St. Thomas Aquinas—would have sufficed for […]

The Real Effects Of Holy Christian Worship

by St. Theophan the Recluse, 1815-1894 Church services, that is, all the daily services, together with the entire arrangement of the church’s icons, candles, censing, singing, chanting, movements of the clergy, as well as the services for various needs; then services in the home, also using ecclesiastical objects such as sanctified icons, holy oil, candles, […]