Spiritual Counsels

  • Spiritual Counsel
  • May 30, 2017
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Pentecost is the fulfilment of the mission of Jesus Christ and His promise to his disciples...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • May 28, 2017
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Why We Should Never Condemn Anyone Even If We See Them Sinning With Our Own Eyes


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • April 11, 2017
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St. Kassiani was a participant in the "bride show" organized for the young bachelor Theophilos the Iconoclast by his stepmother, the Empress Dowager Euphrosyne. Smitten by Kassia's beauty...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • April 11, 2017
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On Holy Wednesday the Church invites the faithful to focus their attention on two figures: the sinful woman who anointed the head of Jesus shortly before the passion (Matthew 26:6-13), and Judas, the disciple who betrayed the Lord...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • April 11, 2017
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On Holy Tuesday the Church calls to remembrance two parables, which are related to the Second Coming. The one is the parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-3); the other the parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). These parables point to the inevitability of the Parousia and deal with such subjects as spiritual vigilance, stewardship, accountability and judgment...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • April 10, 2017
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On Holy Monday we commemorate Joseph the Patriarch, the beloved son of Jacob. A major figure of the Old Testament, Joseph's story is told in the final section of the Book of Genesis (chs. 37-50)...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • April 9, 2017
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Beginning on the evening of Palm Sunday and continuing through the evening of Holy Tuesday, the Orthodox Church observes a special service known as the Service of the Bridegroom..


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • April 3, 2017
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The Late Elder Cleopa tells of a miraculous story of a priest who celebrated 40 Divine Liturgies for his supposedly dead brother who was in fact alive and a prisoner of war...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • January 25, 2017
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"What must one do in order to please God?" The elder replied, "...Wherever you go.."


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • July 11, 2016
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The worst enemy, even greater  than the devil, is evilness combined with pride, because not only does this defile the virtues and render them useless, but exhausts the body as well, and plunges the soul into hell...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • September 18, 2015
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There are different types of grief or sorrow one may feel after falling into some transgression. Grief can be motivated by self-esteem or by a genuine remorse and willingness to repent...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • June 15, 2015
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Unfortunately, nowadays "know thyself" is often reduced, perhaps for the sake of building self esteem, to "know what thou art good at, " or "know thy gift," ...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • January 24, 2015
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At some time, St. Anthony the Great thought to himself “I wonder with whose spiritual achievements my spiritual life can be compared with”. God, however, in order to humble this thought revealed to him in a dream that superior to him was a shoe-maker...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • January 14, 2015
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On 13 January 2015 the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate unanimously agreed to incorporate the monk Paisios of Mt. Athos into the registry of the Saints of the Orthodox Church.


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • September 25, 2014
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Until a man begins to hate the causes of sin, sincerely and from the heart, he cannot be free from the feeling of enjoyment produced by an act of sin...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • July 25, 2014
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Often State policy and legislation undermine the Christian Faith. What should we as Christians do in such situations? Remain silent or speak up?


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • July 18, 2014
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When someone applies himself to external activity before having polished his spiritual inner state, he may struggle spiritually, but he will be fraught with worry, anxiety, lack of confidence in God and frequent loss of serenity...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • June 5, 2014
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The signs of a true Christian make their appearance in time of temptation...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • December 2, 2013
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On the 27th of November 2013, Elder Porphyrios was formally proclaimed a Saint of our Holy Orthodox Church. Below is a small excerpt from his life...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • September 22, 2013
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If you want to be humble then, learn to accept courageously whatever others say to you, and do not just speak fine words that have no content...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • June 27, 2013
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St. Sisoes is today well known for his depiction in an icon over the dead bones of Alexander the Great...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • May 2, 2013
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We often equate freedom with the absence of any external coercion. However, there is a deeper meaning of freedom... I am refering to inner freedom which is much more important.


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • February 13, 2013
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Our greatest missionary work in life takes place in the Divine Liturgy...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • November 19, 2012
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The Nativity fast has begun and our Orthodox Church calls upon us to renew our spiritual struggle. So let us remind ourselves of the benefits of fasting...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • October 16, 2012
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Several years ago I was approached by a young student. With great reluctance, but with the intensity of a demanding seeker, who said he was an atheist, yet would love to believe, but could not. For years he tried and searched, but to no avail...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • September 21, 2012
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The early Church lived without a New Testament, but not without the Divine Liturgy....


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • May 29, 2012
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Often we forget the significance of the Divine Liturgy but the accounts below remind us...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • January 9, 2012
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Why is that my prayers for help in my daily struggle remain unanswered?


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • October 28, 2011
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"What is the meaning of the words which one of the elders spoke, saying, 'He who dwells with men, because of the commotion of worldly affairs is unable to see his sins...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • April 6, 2011
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Is it better to live the solitary life of contemplation and poverty or to devote one’s life to helping others and providing material support to the needy?


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • April 1, 2011
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Take care my brothers...for the Evil One...works against man with unimaginable hypocritical cleverness...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • February 28, 2011
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During the course of the conversation the devil revealed certain truths which are very beneficial for all Christian’s to keep in mind...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • January 27, 2011
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In the struggle for Christian virtue it is easy to lose hope and to stop struggling. Many a times do we say, ‘It’s just too hard!’


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • December 29, 2010
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Often we feel that we can repent, confess and heal ourselves, without having to reveal our weaknesses and passions to another...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • November 17, 2010
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What saves and makes for good children is the life of the parents in the home...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • November 3, 2010
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In a world where self promotion seems to be a pre-requisite for survival, we often forget that the pre-requisite for spiritual life is the virtue of humility...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • September 30, 2010
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St. Arsenios was the spiritual father of the late St. Paisios’ family...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • September 21, 2010
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The fathers of the skete, however, wouldn't accept him, because apart from being idle and negligent, he was mischievous and always causing trouble...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • September 2, 2010
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The greater the number of things that occupy the soul, the greater the darkness that invades it; and then complete darkness may result...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • August 13, 2010
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It is possible for all men, not only for monks but for laymen as well, to be penitent at all times and constantly, and to weep and entreat God, and by such practices to acquire all other virtues as well...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • July 28, 2010
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Living in a society which emphasis materials and wealth, we sometimes become so attached to our belongings…


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • July 16, 2010
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For us there is no fear - neither of death, nor of the devil nor of hell...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • June 28, 2010
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Is fasting, really necessary for the spiritual life? One can only respond like the Holy Apostle Nathaniel and say "Come and see" what fasting can do for you!


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • June 21, 2010
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More than any other sin the devil puts before us sins of the flesh...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • May 29, 2010
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Where on Earth can we find God?


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • May 19, 2010
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In our own days, knowledge has increased, but unfortunately logic has shaken people’s faith from the foundations and filled their souls with questions and doubts...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • May 10, 2010
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Oh! not again...I have to go to Church?


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • May 3, 2010
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Just as it is necessary to guard the mind from ignorance, so is it equally necessary to protect it from the opposite, namely from too much knowledge and curiosity...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • April 27, 2010
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The Holy Scripture is the realm of Wisdom, Word and Spirit, of God in Trinity; in it He clearly manifests Himself...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • April 19, 2010
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All of us struggle with our passions and are often led to sin through them. Learn from Abba Dorotheos' spiritual directions to his monastic disciples on how to combat this dilemma.