Part I. Source: Orthodox Christianity. Reprinted with permission. An example of the grace of the Holy Spirit at work within the life and words of St. Seraphim of Sarov has been preserved for us. In November of 1831, a pious Orthodox Christian named Nicholas Motovilov met with Saint Seraphim, and recorded his conversation. Nilus wrote the following … [Read more...] about Saint Seraphim of Sarov on the Acquisition of the Holy Spirit: A Conversation with Motovilov
Source: Orthodox Christianity. Reprinted with permission. By Olga Rozhneva Marina was shivering and reached for her warm sweater—the air conditioner was blasting. True, it was much more comfortable in the new Israeli bus than in the former, shabby Egyptian one, where even the seat backs were broken and wouldn’t stay upright. Regina the tour guide, a … [Read more...] about Who’s Mary Magdalene?
I held off talking about this miracle by Elder Paisios publicly until the miracle was complete, which it nearly is. I was asked to write an account of the miracle to be included in the papers sent to the Ecumenical Patriarchate where a decision will be made soon on the canonization of Elder Paisios as a Saint. I offer it here for the glory of God and the edification of the … [Read more...] about A Miracle by Elder Paissios
The more I love mankind in general, the less I love people in particular, that is, individually, as separate persons. [Likewise] the more I hate people individually, the more ardent becomes my love for humanity as whole. -Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Following in the paths of St Paisius Velichovsky and St Tikhon of Zadonsk, St Theophan (1815—1894) was one … [Read more...] about It is Only Possible to Love Individual Persons, not Humanity in General