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Saint Sophia Blog: January

I am Thirsty for Light. Hold my Faith Upright. »

January 31st, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

I am thirsty for light My God, I am thirsty for light. I beg for light. I find myself in such confusion, I walk in such a fog, that I have an urgent need of Your enlightenment. My ideas are indescribably confused. You see what a mess I am inside. Have pity on me. I have studied in such an undisciplined way, God. I listened with a kind of curiosity […]

History of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs »

January 30th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

During the reign of the Emperor Alexius Comnenus (1081-1118), a controversy arose in Constantinople among men learned in the Faith and zealous for virtue about the three holy Hierarchs and Fathers of the Church, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. Some argued for Saint Basil [known as Basilians] above the other two because he was able, as none other, to explain the mysteries of the Faith, and […]

Praying to Die Well »

January 29th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

Praying to Die Well Many people say, “I am not afraid of death, but I am afraid of dying.” This is quite understandable, since dying often means illness, pain, dependency, and loneliness. The fear of dying is nothing to be ashamed of. It is the most human of all human fears. Jesus himself entered into that fear. In his anguish “sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood” […]

Saints Isaac and Ephraim, the Syrians »

January 28th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

Saint Isaac the Syrian The great luminary of the life of stillness, Saint Isaac, was born in the early seventh century in Eastern Arabia, the present-day Qatar on the Persian Gulf. He became a monk at a young age, and at some time left Arabia to dwell with monks in Persia. He was consecrated Bishop of Nineveh (and is therefore sometimes called “Saint Isaac of Nineveh”), but after five months […]

Saint Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople »

January 25th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

This great Father and Teacher of the Church was born in 329 in Arianzus, a village of the second district of Cappadocia, not far from Nazianzus. His father, who later became Bishop of Nazianzus, was named Gregory (commemorated Jan. 1), and his mother was named Nonna (Aug. 5); both are among the Saints, and so are his brother Caesarius (Mar. 9) and his sister Gorgona (Feb. 23). At first he […]