So-Called “Fathers” of the Modern World »

June 28th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

Just as there are Fathers of the Church, there are also what we might call Fathers of the modern world, revered and studied by the intelligentsia, who hope to combine them in a sort of grand synopsis of atheism. We may never have read Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzche or Freud, but our outlook, the spirit of the age, is formed by their ideas. The Marxist theory of social alienation and the […]

Our Aim in Life »

June 20th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

In St. Panteleimon’s Monastery, it happened that once I had up to fourteen functions at the same time. I spoke about it to my spiritual father. I told him: ‘I don’t manage to carry out my work; I have fourteen jobs!’ He answered me: ‘You are wrong; you’ve only got one job’. ‘But no, Father’, I replied, ‘I have fourteen!’ Again he said, ‘No, you are only doing one thing […]

What the Fathers Sought »

June 12th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

What the Fathers sought most of all was their own true self, in Christ.  And in order to do this, they had to reject completely the false, formal self, fabricated under social compulsion in “the world.”  They sought a way to God that was uncharted and freely chosen, not inherited from others who had mapped it out beforehand.  They sought a God whom they alone could find, not one who […]

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Great Lent: Do Not Judge. Pure like Susanna. »

March 20th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

Do Not Judge The Fathers teach us that nothing is more serious than judging your neighbour. Despite this, such a serious evil is committed even for things, let’s say, of little seriousness. It all begins with vague suspicions and thoughts like this: ‘What does it matter if I hear what so-and-so is saying? What harm is there in going to see what that person is up to?’ The mind quickly […]

Monday of the Fourth Week of Great Lent: Loving your Neighbour in Need. Make your Love as Big as the World. »

March 12th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

Loving your Neighbour in Need A brother asked an aged monk: ‘There are two brothers: one of them leads a life of solitude six days a week and does much penance, while the other is dedicated to the service of the sick. Which of the two is behaving in the way that is more acceptable to God?’ The old man answered him: ‘The brother who is always making a retreat […]