Daily Meditations

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

May 22nd, 2015

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

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 […]

The Sixth Wednesday after Pascha, Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! Stand Fast and Watch! (Part II) »

May 20th, 2015

By Saint John Maximovitch of San Francisco and Shanghai Watch, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. (I Cor. 16:13). The Apostle gives Christians this important counsel to bring their attention to the danger of this world, to summon them to frequent examination of their hearts, because without this one can easily bring to ruin the purity and ardor of one’s faith and unnoticeably cross over […]

The Sixth Tuesday after Pascha, Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! Stand Fast and Watch! (Part I) »

May 19th, 2015

By Saint John Maximovitch of San Francisco and Shanghai Stand fast on spiritual watch, because you don’t know when the Lord will call you to Himself. In your earthly life be ready at any moment to give Him an account. Beware that the enemy does not catch you in his nets, that he not deceive you causing you to fall into temptation. Daily examine your conscience; try the purity of […]

The Sixth Monday after Pascha, Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part II, Russian village »

May 18th, 2015

By Harry Boosalis The Saints challenge us to reach beyond the common conception of salvation that predominates in the West. For the Orthodox Church, salvation is more than the pardon of sins and transgressions. Salvation is more than being justified or acquitted for offenses committed against God. According to Orthodox teaching, salvation certainly includes forgiveness and reconciliation, but by no means is it limited to them. For the Saints of […]

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