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The Twelfth Day of Christmas Advent. Saint Stylianos, The Protector of Children »

November 26th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

Saint Stylianos was born in Paphlagonia, Asia Minor, between 400 and 500. He was blessed even from his mother’s womb. As he grew up, by the grace of God he increasingly became a dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit. From childhood he displayed the rare qualities of his blessed life. When he was young and still an adolescent, although, of course, he was of the flesh, he never allowed desires to […]

Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Pascha. Divine Light. »

May 15th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

Only divine light, when it shines in us, allows us to see our sins. It is by prayer that our heart begins, little by little, to understand the influences of the spirits which fill the cosmos. Instead of making progress, we see with an ever greater acuteness the passions which possess us. Paradoxically, this feeling that there is no progress is itself progress. Even if we have not yet seen […]

Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Pascha. Endless Suffering »

May 9th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

Earthly existence is for man an endless suffering. Why do we bear all this? Because the Creator has come and has dwelt among us. And we now know Him personally. We are created ‘in the image and likeness of God’. When we measure the reality of our everyday life against this divine revelation, we fall into despair. Why is it so difficult to act as a Christian in the here […]

The Great and Holy Monday. The Mystical Reality of Holy Week »

April 2nd, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, April 6, 2015 As we journey through Holy Week… For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. (1Co 15:16-19 […]

The Mystery of Christ’s Baptism »

January 6th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Stephen Freeman This week, the Church moves from the feast of Christmas to the feast of Theophany – the celebration of the Baptism of Christ. The intent of this feast is not to celebrate a succession of historical events (the Baptism of Christ is at least 30 years later than His birth). Rather this feast takes us into the depths of the mystery of Christ and His salvation of the world. Many Christians, […]