You asked somebody, "where is God?" And you got an answer that God is inside you. And you marvel at this answer. How can that be?
Kind of like in a room, or like fire in a stove. When you are able to feel God within you, you will feel and know that He is inside you, but you will not be able to explain it to someone else. But you will look for images in nature and then you will speak to the other person as I speak to you: God is within me like light in a room, or a like fire in a stove, or like air in the lungs, or like life in every creature, or like force and love and thought inside of man.Read More
"We give thanks to Thee, O King invisible, Who by Thy boundless power, has formed all things, and by the fullness of Thy mercy has brought forth all things from nothing into being. Do Thou Thyself, O Master, look down from Heaven upon those who have bowed their heads unto Thee. For they have bowed down not before flesh and blood, but unto Thee, the Almighty God. Do Thou, therefore, O Master, administer these Offerings to all of us for our benefit according to the individual need of each. Do Thou travel with those who travel by sea, by land and air, heal the sick, Thou Who are the Physician of our souls and bodies."Read More
In his homily, Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki, writes about the significance of the Entry of the Theotokos Into the Temple by saying the following: "In the beginning, there was one who rose up against us: the author of evil, the serpent, who dragged us into the abyss. Many reasons impelled him to rise up against us, and there are many ways by which he enslaved our nature: envy, rivalry, hatred, injustice, treachery, slyness, etc. In addition to all this, he also has within him the power of bringing death, which he himself engendered, being the first to fall away from True Life.Read More
When the Most Holy Virgin Mary had reached the age of three, her parents, holy Joachim and Anna, took her from Nazareth to Jerusalem, to give her to the service of God in fulfillment of their promise. It was three days' journey to Jerusalem, but, going as they were on God's work, they did not find the journey difficult. Many of Joachim and Anna's kinsmen gathered to take part in this celebration, in which the invisible Angels of God also took part. Maidens went ahead with lighted candles in their hands, followed by the Most Holy Virgin, led on either side by her father and mother. The Virgin was clad in a royal and beautiful garments, like those of the 'king's daughter', the Bride of God (Psalm 44:9-10).Read More
Spiritual training (pneumatiki gymnastiki) is ascesis for piety. It is most valuable, "having promise for the life that now is, and for that which is to come." The efforts made for the sake of piety bring spiritual gladness.Read More
Sacred Tradition is the very church; without the Sacred Tradition the church does not exist. Those who deny the Sacred Tradition deny the Church and the preaching of the Holy Apostles.
Before the writing of the Holy Scripture, that is, of the sacred texts of the Gospels, the Acts and the Epistle of the Apostles, and before they were spread to the churches of the world, the Church was based on Sacred Tradition...The holy texts are in relation to Sacred Tradition what the part is to the whole.Read More
Matthew, the son of Alphaeus, was at first a tax-collector, and it was as such that the Lord saw him in Capernaum and said to him: "Follow Me!" Leaving everything, he followed Him (St. Matthew 9:9). After that, Matthew prepared a feast in his house, and there provided an opportunity for the Lord to voice some great truths about His coming to earth. After receiving the Holy Spirit. Saint Matthew preached the Gospel among the Parthians and Medes and in Ethiopia, the land of the negroes. In Ethiopia, he consecrated as bishop one Plator, a follower of his, and himself withdrew to prayerful solitude on a mountain, where the Lord appeared to him. Saint Matthew baptized the wife and son of the prince of that land, at which the prince was greatly enraged and sent a guard to bring Saint Matthew before him for trial.Read More
The Christian soul that lives with a profound hope of life beyond the grave and the sweet anticipation of the most desirable Paradise, attempts to maintain a vivid memory of death. The Wisdom of Sirach says: "In all you do, remember the end of your life, and then you will never sin" (7:36). The Christian knows that he will live after death and, therefore, should constantly be aware of his present mortality, keeping before him his exodus from the present world, the Second Coming, the future judgment and his entry into endless eternity.Read More