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Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos : “Christ abolished the illness of religion”

25 October 2014

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“If contemporary, speculating people looked for a meaning behind the Birth of Christ, it would be that with His Birth, Christ abolished the illness of religion and transformed it into a living Church – with whatever its authentic meaning entails. This is the need of contemporary man who is suffering from the tragic trinity as Victor Frankl would have said, that is: suffering, guilt and death, inasmuch as he feels his life is a pre-death experience, an existential and eternal death, and not only seeks the experience of pleasure, but perhaps through pleasure, is seeking the survival of existence.”

- Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos, taken from an article originally appearing in the newspaper “Eleftherotypia” on December 23, 2001

Read the whole thing here.

Nikolai Velimirovic: “Worldly wisdom does not offer strength but instills fear”

24 October 2014

Nikolai Velimirovic

“Pilate was a disciple of worldly wisdom. Worldly wisdom does not offer strength but instills fear. Worldly wisdom sustains not the soul but the body. Worldly wisdom does not instill fear for the soul but fear for the body and all that is physical. Here, in Pilate, we see an obvious and pathetic example of what type of men worldly wisdom produces and educates— disregarding God and opposing Christ. Pilate’s weak character and wavering soul is a picture, not only of pagans, but also of weak Christians.”
– St. Nikolai Velimirovic

Cosmas of Aitolos: “Fortunate is the man who has these two loves in his heart”

23 October 2014

Cosmas of Aitolos

“Fortunate is the man who has these two loves in his heart, that for God and that for his brethren. He surely has God; and whoever has God has every blessing and does not bear to commit sin. Again, wretched is the man who does not have these two loves. Surely he has the devil and evil, and always sins. God, my brethren, asks us to have these two loves. As He Himself says in His Holy Gospel: “On these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets.” Through these two loves all the Saints of our Church, men and women, attained sainthood and won Paradise. Whoever has blessed love, firstly for God and secondly for his fellow Christian, becomes worthy of receiving the Holy Trinity in his heart.”
– St. Cosmas of Aitolos

Christopher Dawson: “The culture-forming energies of Christianity”

22 October 2014

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“The culture-forming energies of Christianity depend upon the church’s ability to resist the temptation to become completely identified with, or absorbed into, the culture.”

- Christopher Dawson

G.K.Chesterton: “We do not want a church that will move with the world”

21 October 2014

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“We do not want a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world.”

- G.K.Chesterton

St. John of Shanghai and of San Francisco: “There will be an exhaustion of good and an increase of evil.”

21 October 2014

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“The day of the Last Judgement! That day no one knows — only God the Father knows — but its signs are given in the Gospel and in the Apocalypse of the holy Apostle John the Theologian. Revelation speaks of the events at the end of the world and of the Last Judgement primarily in images and in a veiled manner. However, the Holy Fathers have explained these images, and there is an authentic Church tradition that speaks clearly concerning the signs of the approach of the end, and concerning the Last Judgement. Before the end of life on earth there will be agitation, wars, civil war, hunger, earthquakes… Men will suffer from fear, will die from expectation of calamity. There will be no life, no joy of life but a tormented state of falling away from life. Nevertheless there will be a falling away not only from life, but from faith also, and “when the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” (St. Luke 18:8). Men will become proud, ungrateful, rejecting Divine law. Together with the falling away from life will be a weakening of moral life. There will be an exhaustion of good and an increase of evil.”

- St. John of Shanghai and of San Francisco, homily on the Last Judgement

Silouan the Athonite: “It is a great goodness to submit to the will of God. “

20 October 2014

Silouan the Athonite
“It is a great goodness to submit to the will of God. Then your soul is filled with the Lord only, and it has no other thought, it prays to God with a special purity, and feels the love of God, even though the body may suffer. When the soul has submitted wholly to the will of God, then the Lord Himself begins to lead it…”
– St. Silouan the Athonite

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