"Today the concept of truth is viewed with suspicion, because truth is identified with violence. Over history there have, unfortunately, been episodes when people sought to defend the truth with violence. But they are two contrasting realities. Truth cannot be imposed with means other than itself! Truth can only come with its own light. Yet, we need truth. ... Without truth we are blind in the world, we have no path to follow. The great gift of Christ was that He enabled us to see the face of God".Pope Benedict xvi, February 24th, 2012

The Church is ecumenical, catholic, God-human, ageless, and it is therefore a blasphemy—an unpardonable blasphemy against Christ and against the Holy Ghost—to turn the Church into a national institution, to narrow her down to petty, transient, time-bound aspirations and ways of doing things. Her purpose is beyond nationality, ecumenical, all-embracing: to unite all men in Christ, all without exception to nation or race or social strata. - St Justin Popovitch

Sunday 10 July 2011

PRECEPTS OF THE ORTHODOX FAITH (thanks to "Mystagogy")

On Faith
Basic Precepts of the Orthodox Faith
Divine Providence
The Light of Christ
Orthodoxy and its Future
The Way to the Heavenly Realm
Lovest thou Me?
On the power of faith
The door of faith
“Children of the kingdom”
The wedding feast
On seeking the Heavenly Realm
Christian hope
Lack of faith vs. God’s Providence
Sunday of Thomas
The called and the chosen

On Fasting

The benefits of fasting
Transgressing the fast
Nativity Fast
A fast pleasing to God

On Judging Others

We should not judge others
The spiritual labor of non-condemnation

On Pride

How to recognize pride within oneself?
The demonic stronghold
The frailty and the power of man
Excerpt from letters to spiritual children (1960)

Consolations for the sorrowing

Consolation upon the loss of loved ones
Consolation in illness
Consolation in times of need and material hardship
Consolation to the aggrieved
Consolation in times of war and disaster
The fittingness of sorrows

Spiritual Precepts

Spiritual life according to St. Seraphim of Sarov
Spiritual gems
Spiritual aphorisms
Children of the Kingdom

On Meekness, Humility and Love

On Patiently Bearing One’s Cross
On meekness, humility and love
Two essays on love
On the exhaustion of love
On loving one’s enemies
On humility
On inner peace
On obedience to God 


On Christian hope
On using time wisely
The Eight Cardinal Sins
Sorrow Over Sin
On Feeling Gratitude to God
Discussion on the True Sense of Evil
Penitence and Confession
On Venerating the Saints
On Praying Before Eating

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