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Saint Sophia Blog: March

“. . . BUT BY PRAYER AND FASTING” (Part VI) »

March 29th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

What could be the meaning of Lent during the long hours we spend outside of home—commuting, sitting at our desks, taking care of our professional duties, meeting our colleagues and friends? Although no clear-cut “recipe” can be given here as in any other area, some very general considerations are possible. In the first place, Lent is a good time to measure the incredibly superficial character of our relations with men, […]

“. . . BUT BY PRAYER AND FASTING” (Part V) »

March 28th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

Everyone will no doubt agree that the whole style of family existence has been radically altered by radio and television. These media of “mass communication” permeate today our whole life. One does not have to “go out” in order to “be out.” The whole world is permanently here within my reach. And, little by little, the elementary experience of living within an inner world, of the beauty of that “interiority,” […]

“. . . BUT BY PRAYER AND FASTING” (Part IV) »

March 27th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

Attending liturgical services, fasting, and even praying at regular intervals do not exhaust the lenten effort. Or rather, in order to be effective and meaningful, they need the support of our whole life. They need, in other terms, a “style of life” which would not be in contradiction with them, would not lead to a “split” existence. In the past, in Orthodox countries, such support was given by society itself: […]

“. . . BUT BY PRAYER AND FASTING” (Part III) »

March 26th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

[Fasting] should be practiced on two levels: first, as ascetical fast; and second, as total fast. The ascetical fast consists of a drastic reduction of food so that the permanent state of a certain hunger might be lived as a reminder of God and a constant effort to keep our mind on Him. Everyone who has practiced it—be it only a little—knows that this ascetical fast rather than weakening us […]

Homily on the Feast of the Annunciation, by Saint Theodore the Studite »

March 25th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

It was spoken on the day of the Annunciation. Brethren and fathers, the Annunciation is here and it is the first of the Feasts of the Lord, and we should not simply celebrate as most do, but with understanding and with reverence for the mystery. What is the mystery? That the Son of God becomes son of man, using the holy Virgin as the means, dwelling in her and from […]