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The Seventh Wednesday after Pascha: Eating with Mindfulness »

May 27th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Brendan Pelphrey Recently while waiting for my wife at a doctor’s office, I flipped through a “wellness” magazine. In it was an article entitled, “Are You Aware of What You Eat?” True to the title, the article suggested knowing what we are eating. We should also know where our food comes from, we should chew slowly, and we should notice how satisfied our stomach feels. This is called […]

The Seventh Tuesday after Pascha: Human Beings and the Cosmos (Part I): The Mystery of Created Being »

May 26th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

For the Christian the world is not an orphan; nor is it simply an emanation of the absolute. Springing fresh from the hands of the living God, there it stands, desired by God, rejoicing and delighting in him with the joy described in the psalms and in the book of Job, when the morning stars sang together – a ‘musical commandment’, a ‘marvelously composed hymn’, as St Gregory of Nyssa […]

The Seventh Monday after Pascha: Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part III »

May 25th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Harry Boosalis The broad appeal of the writings of Saint Silouan is based on a combination of other factors as well. The fact that he was uneducated and ‘almost illiterate,’ having attended the village school for ‘just two winters,’ attracts many readers because it reinforces the idea that the heights of Orthodox spiritual life are open and accessible to all. It illustrates the truth that one does not need […]

The Sixth Friday after Pascha: Piety and Reason Joined: Insights from St Gregory of Nyssa, Contra Eunomium, Book I »

May 22nd, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Matthew Baker In his first book against the Arian heretic Eunomius of Cyzicus (d. 393), St Gregory of Nyssa (333-393) demonstrates a balanced appreciation for both the limitations and the importance of rational argument in theology. Modestly denying his own philosophical powers, he observes that “there are thousands in the Church who are strong in philosophical skill” (I: 2). Such skill, however, has its efficacy for truth never simply as […]

The Sixth Thursday after Pascha: The Ascension and the Glorification of Man »

May 21st, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Lawrence Farley In contemporary Orthodoxy, we are accustomed to referring to Christ as one of the Holy Trinity. He is usually referred to as “Christ our true God”, and the Gospel of John, which stresses His divine status, is, I would suggest, our favourite of the four Gospels. When announcing the reading from (say) Matthew’s Gospel, the deacon says, “Bless master him who proclaims the good tidings of […]

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