Orthodoxy is life. If we don’ t live Orthodoxy, we simply are not Orthodox, no matter what formal beliefs we might hold.
Human life within materialism can be described as a moment of consciousness sandwiched between eternal oblivion—it is a flicker of time expended within the ultimate reality of a non-conscious universe. In atheistic materialism, evil is nothing more than the expressed opinion of some upright apes who don’t like the behavior of certain other apes, or some particular aspects of nature.
Today you have appeared to the whole world, and your light, O Lord, has made a sign upon us who, with knowledge, sing your praise, You have come, you have appeared, the unapproachable Light
While John is baptizing, Jesus approaches, perhaps also to sanctify the baptizer, and certainly to bury the old Adam in the water. But before these things and for the sake of these things he comes to sanctify the Jordan [and all creation].
The divine Logos, who once for all was born in the flesh, out of his love for humanity always desires to be born in the spirit in those who desire Him. He becomes an infant and molds Himself in them through the virtues.
Once more the darkness is dispersed; once more the light is created. Let the people that sat in the darkness of ignorance now look upon the light of knowledge. The things of old have passed away; behold, all things are made new. He who has no mother in heaven is now born without a father on earth.
My favorite part of holiday dinners is not the turkey or the ham, but the cornbread dressing. It’s been like that for me since my childhood in the rural South.
Were the Scots-Irish who settled in the Appalachian mountains America’s first Old Calendarists? Until the last century they celebrated Christmas on January 7. Here’s why.
Anger feels good. Like lust, it feels important and undeniable. Something so strong, we think, ought to be expressed. And once you express it, the emotional thrill is addictive, and you want more and more.
St. Nikolai: WWI had revealed the poverty of European civilization and brought to shame all those who used to bow before Europe’s silken shining mask that hides an inner ugliness.
The ideas of the Brazilian philosopher Olavo de Carvalho provide important tools not only to analyze, but to criticize and resist the destructive current cultural currents of our time. Many of these currents spring from the ideologies that oppressed the people of Europe.
Florensky maintains here that the whole of modern culture is nothing but a state of chronic rebellion against God, and that without clearly recognizing this it will be impossible to alter this course of civilization.
They call it the tunnel, there in the shadows under the elevated train that runs up above Kensington Avenue. They call the boys and girl who work there tunnel-boys, or tunnel-girls, selling themselves for eight to ten bags a night. . .
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the penitential season corresponding to Western Advent begins on November 15, the day after the Feast of the Apostle Philip. A simple count of the days between November 15 and December 25 shows that this special period lasts exactly 40 days, the same as Lent.
George Weigel’s unfounded, insulting accusations against the senior leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church.