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Saint Sophia Blog: July

THE PULL OF THE MOON »

July 29th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

The creative momentum of returning to our practice whenever we become aware that our attention has been stolen is now completely well established. This itself implies that there has been an expansion of awareness. We spend less time battling with the fact that there are thoughts stealing our attention. We have more or less stopped commenting to ourselves on the fact that we are forever commenting on the incessant commentaries […]

REAL PEACE (Part VIII) »

July 28th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

“The joy of God is not a joy like the joy we experience in this world, and if we start comparing them it is like light and darkness. It is the contrast between something imperishable and that which is perishable. When one has a taste of God’s joy, then all the joys of the world are transcended, annihilated. They cannot dazzle you. How could the moon dazzle you when you […]

Saint Panteleimon the All-Merciful »

July 27th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Christina Dedoussis St Panteleimon was born about 284 AD in the city of Nicodemia. His father, Evstorgios, was an idolater while his mother, Evoulis, was a devout Christian. She raised her son, whose real name was Pantoleonta, in the Christian way of life. She passed away while her son was still young. Initially Pantoleonta was educated in his native tongue and then in Greek. His father sent him to […]

Keeping Death before our Eyes Every Day (Part III) »

July 26th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

Becoming like the dead doesn’t mean becoming insensible, but what happens in baptism: dying to the world, that is, human beings with their expectations and demands, their standards and judgments, have no more influence on us. We no longer identify with the world. We live beyond the threshold. We live in a spiritual reality, over which the world has no power. That makes us free. When we are constantly aiming […]

Did the Martyrs Feel Pain? »

July 25th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Elder said to me, “There was a fellow here a little while ago who asked me if the martyrs felt pain during their torture? He was saying that God gave them patience and they endured the many tortures.” “To this I responded that, as a human being, one cannot stand pain. Neither could they stand the initial pain that they suffered. Naturally they ought to have fainted right away. […]