On illumination…

Smoke from wood that is kindling a fire troubles the eyes; but then, the fire gives them light and gladdens them. Similarly, unceasing attentiveness is irksome; but when, invoked in prayer, Jesus draws near, He illumines the heart; for remembrance of Him confers on us spiritual enlightenment and the highest of all blessings. St. Philotheos…

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On Strife & Love…

High atop a monastery on Holy Mt. Athos there lived an abbot whose monastery suffered from constant gossiping and quarreling among the brother monks. A good and faithful servant of the Lord, the abbot was greatly troubled by this dilemma and sought to bring an end to this strife. To bring resolution to this increasingly…

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On Faith…

Is it not ironic that no one gets killed when professing a theory – irrespective of how realistic it may or may not be. Yet hundreds of thousands have died for God, in whom they believed without being able to prove His existence: The martyrs testify to the Truth, which is greater than proving it.

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Homily for Pentecost Sunday

(June 3rd, 2012) Today, in our great and Holy Orthodox Church – around the world – we read the Gospel of John1 on this beautiful Sunday of Pentecost. The Christian message of Pentecost is of the descent of the Spirit – the fulfillment of the Father’s love, Christ’s promise, and the Spirit’s presence and role…

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