Do you think that to live according to the faith and to fulfill the will of God is very difficult? Think again, says St. John Maximovitch. Fulfilling the will of God is very easy if we first pay attention to the little things. St. John tells us how. Source: St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church By St. John Maximovitch Many people believe that to live according to the … [Read more...] about The Little Things in Life are More Important than the Bigger Things
Practical Christian Life
Because Orthodox worship is replete with scriptural references, the Orthodox tend to take them for granted, says Fr. Seraphim Rose in this lecture given in 1979. Instead, we should read them more often and with greater diligence because they have great benefit in the spiritual life. St. Seraphim of Sarov for example, used to read the entire New Testament once a week. Fr. … [Read more...] about How to Read the Holy Scriptures
Establishing and maintaining a prayer rule does not have to be an onerous experience, one that is more likely to fail than succeed, writes St. Theophan the Recluse. We need a prayer rule because we need discipline, but that discipline has to be doable, one that delivers the fruits of prayer and not one that drives us to frustration, or worse, despair, because we don't have the … [Read more...] about How to Establish a Prayer Rule
The right word can make the meaning of something clear, and the wrong word can obscure or even hide its real meaning. The right word for the celebration of the resurrection of Christ is the Greek word "Pascha" which means "Passover" in English. It opens up the rich and necessary association of Christ as the "Pashal Lamb" with the paschal lamb of Exodus and the flight of the … [Read more...] about It’s Pascha, Not Easter!
The Leo Ray Miller he had sown that night at the reception sprouted and spread like an ugly weed. It grew up through the cracks of whatever lies he told himself. It choked every intention, it poisoned every relationship and turned every so-called good deed into a self-serving con. He wanted to believe. There had to be some relief beyond his short-term capacity to fool himself. … [Read more...] about An Independent Operator