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Saint Sophia Blog: July

Mary, the Icon of how the Gift is Received (In Anticipation of the Dormition Fast) »

July 31st, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

Jesus is the Icon of the Gift itself and how the Gift is given. Mary is the Icon of how the Gift is received. In her great “Magnificat” (Luke 1:46-55), Mary is not afraid to first of all boast openly of her own beauty and greatness, because she knows it is all a gift. It is not a statement about her; it is a statement about God! She is the […]

Father Maximos on Enslavement to Things, Ideas and Ideologies »

July 30th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

“So,” Fr. Maximos continued, “we must first struggle to attain our liberation from being slaves to material things, including ideas and ideologies. And I must say that enslavement to ideas and ideologies is much more serious than enslavement to things.” “In what way?” Teresa asked. “As I said, you can easily find people who are temperate over external things. They are modest in dress, eat little, and have mastery over […]

Athletic Asceticism »

July 29th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

The monks developed methods for practicing the attitude of love, inner clarity and purity, and openness to God. In the monastic writings we find two recurrent images for our struggle to reach a life that we live ourselves, a life that corresponds to God’s image of us: we are the athletes of Christ and the soldiers of Christ the King. The monks are athletes of Christ. Their struggle is fought […]

Saint Paraskevi the Virgin Martyr, by Saint Kosmas Aitolos »

July 26th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

Let us say something about the good earth. St. Paraskevi was a twelve year old maiden from a noble house. Left an orphan, she divided up all her possessions among the poor, and with these she purchased Paradise. In place of cosmetics, she wore tears, remembering her sins. In place of earings, she kept her ears open to hear the Sacred Scriptures. In place of a necklace, she fasted often, […]

The Source of All Love »

July 25th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Source of All Love Without the love of our parents, sisters, brothers, spouses, lovers, and friends, we cannot live. Without love we die. Still, for many people this love comes in a very broken and limited way It can be tainted by power plays, jealousy, resentment, vindictiveness, and even abuse. No human love is the perfect love our hearts desire, and sometimes human love is so imperfect that we […]