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The Christian Home »

July 1st, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Abbot Tryphon, October 20, 2019  Creating a Christian environment in the home Creating a Christian home begins with the icon corner. The “bright corner” becomes the center for every domestic church, and where the family devotions take place. This is also the family’s way of declaring to visitors that this is a Christian home, where Christ is head. Because the husband is a sort of domestic priest (the priesthood […]

Contemplative Consciousness: Divinization »

June 30th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By God’s divine power, God has given us all the things we need for life and for true devotion that allow us to know God, who has called us by God’s own glory and goodness. In this gift, God has given us a guarantee of something very great and wonderful. Through this gift, you are sharers in the divine nature itself. —2 Peter 1:3-4 Spirituality is primarily about human transformation in […]

Churchly Humility »

June 29th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, August 3, 2015  There are many Orthodox bumper stickers and internet memes that seek to portray the excellence of Orthodoxy. Some compare us to the “marines,” others to various kinds of extreme sports. There’s the one that declares the Orthodox Church to have been founded in 33 A.D. I understand such boosterism in a culture where proclaiming the excellence of your football team or other product […]

“Philotimo is the reverent distillation of goodness,  the love shown by humble people,  from which every trace of self has been filtered out.  »

June 26th, 2020    Posted in SSCORRE!

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification TOPIC OF THE WEEK: “Philotimo is the reverent distillation of goodness, the love shown by humble people, from which every trace of self has been filtered out. Their hearts are full of gratitude toward God and to their fellow men, and out of spiritual sensitivity, they try to repay the slightest good which others do to them.” – Saint Paisios Adult/Family: Elder Paisios on Philotimo and Leventia“…Those who have philotimo, because they move within the heavenly sphere of doxology, joyfully […]

Becoming Personal »

June 26th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Stephen Freeman, August 1, 2015  “Person” is among the most difficult words in the classical Christian vocabulary. It is difficult on the one hand because the word has a common meaning in modern parlance that is not the same meaning as its classical one. And it is difficult on the other hand even when all of its later meanings and associations are stripped away – because what it seeks to […]