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Not every voice is of God...

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Great article. On this topic I have always found Metropolitan Hierotheos understanding comforting. He describes hell like a mental institution. A place of healing for those that have rejected God. At the same time, I believe there is a mystery in human and angelic freedom that does allow for eternal rejection. Love must always be our choice.

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My first time preaching at my parish. Done as a reflection as part of my Deacon formation.

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MEDJUGORJE: TRUE OR FALSE?
the scientists and Medjugorje I went to Medjugorje in 1990 because an old boy of our school offered to pay, and I am still grateful for his generosity.   I was curious, quite open to the possibility that Our Lady was appearing, and also accepting the possib...

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We all speak theoretically about the salvation of the soul, about paradise. In recent years, when patristic texts have become more affordable that speak about purification, theosis, etc., we speak theoretically without detaching our hearts from the earthly, the worldly. And by worldly I am not necessarily talking about having a good time and having fun, but that our stay in this world is temporary and we don't care about eternity. We make sure to at least have external good behavior, we do our religious duties as much as we can, but what is the result? Neither internal peace nor the joy promised by Christ when we follow His path. Rather we feel stressed, moody and depressed and things like this are certainly not fruits of the Holy Spirit.

We systematically turn our thoughts away from death in our lives as if we were formed to live eternally in this world. We all want to go to Paradise but none of us want to die. If we don't die Christ will not resurrect us. And the first thing that must die within us is the worldly spirit, and that which keeps us hooked to the earth, the temporary, and excludes us from eternity. If we do not have faith in the resurrection then the thought of death is dark as black. But supposedly "we expect the resurrection of the dead and the life of the age to come". The Church urges us to recite the Creed everyday, the symbol of our faith, from Midnight (the first service of the day) until Compline (the last service). Most often it becomes a dry reading done as a religious duty without a substantial and deep meaning to the words.

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clause 19...."".the bishop of Rome did not exercise canonical authority over the churches of the East."



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IS THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AFRICA INDICATING THE WAY FORWARD?
Greek Orthodox in Africa Move Toward Restoring Deaconesses my source: National Catholic Register Icon image of St. Olympias the deaconess  (Public domain via CNA) The Patriarchate of Alexandria may become the latest Church to restore the ancient order of de...

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The full title of the compilation of writings of the Desert Fathers is ‘The Philokalia of the Neptic Saints gathered from our Holy Theophoric Father, through which, by means of the philosophy of ascetic practice and contemplation, the intellect is purified, illumined, and made perfect.’ Thus, the full title of the book refers to the original authors as the ‘Neptic Saints’, emphasizing one of their common practices of nepsis or ‘watchfulness’. It refers to much more than general spiritual alertness and vigilance and is the practice of watching all of one's thoughts and fantasies, thus keeping guard over the heart and mind.

Philokalic spirituality presupposes above all that the deep center where the whole person converges should be healed. When the nous (intellect) is darkened through sin, the whole soul is darkened and defiled.
The full title of the compilation of writings of the Desert Fathers is ‘The Philokalia of the Neptic Saints gathered from our Holy Theophoric Father, through which, by means of the philosophy of ascetic practice and contemplation, the intellect is purified, illumined, and made perfect.’ Thus, the full title of the book refers to the original authors as the ‘Neptic Saints’, emphasizing one of their common practices of nepsis or ‘watchfulness’. It refers to much more than general spiritual alertness and vigilance and is the practice of watching all of one's thoughts and fantasies, thus keeping guard over the heart and mind.

Philokalic spirituality presupposes above all that the deep center where the whole person converges should be healed. When the nous (intellect) is darkened through sin, the whole soul is darkened and defiled.

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