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Saint Sophia Blog: June

The Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles »

June 30th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Bible contains four lists of the names of the Twelve Disciples of Christ: Matthew 10:12, Mark 3:13, Luke 6:14 and Acts of the Apostles 1:13. They vary slightly as well as the sequence although they list Peter first, even though it was Andrew (his brother) who was called first by the Lord.   It is believed that Christ selected only 12 because it was the number of the twelve sons […]

Analyzing Our Thoughts and Feelings (I) »

June 27th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

The encounter with oneself that the monks sought in silence and that they saw as a prerequisite for the encounter with God is for Evagrius Ponticus primarily a meeting with the thoughts and feelings in one’s own heart. Among the desert fathers Evagrius is considered a specialist in dealing with thoughts and passions. He experienced them himself and wrote about them again and again in his books, to share his […]

FATHER MAXIMOS: FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT (VI) »

June 26th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

If you don’t learn to carry your cross during your daily life, then you are losing the thousand opportunities that God creates for you at every moment so that you can become perfected as a human being. “The Gerontikon [a series of books about the lives of great elders] is full of examples of simple practices that have led many to become giants of virtue. Abba Agathon prayed to God, […]

Holding the Pain »

June 25th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

Don’t get rid of the pain until you’ve learned its lessons. When you hold the pain consciously and trust fully, you are in a very special liminal space. This is a great teaching moment where you have the possibility of breaking through to a deeper level of faith and consciousness. Hold the pain of being human until God transforms you through it. And then you will be an instrument of […]

The Destiny of Eros: Woman, the Bearer of Spices (Part II) »

June 24th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

Every human being, man or woman, according to his or her nature, is called to a degree of virility – remember the strong women of the Bible- and also, in relation to God, a degree of femininity. Progress in the spiritual life leads men as well as women to a quasi-feminine attitude in the presence of the mystery. That is why the incarnation was accomplished through a woman, who is […]