Paradise

The Twenty-Third Day of Great Lent. “. . . BUT BY PRAYER AND FASTING” (Part I) »

April 2nd, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

In the Orthodox teaching, sin is not only the transgression of a rule leading to punishment; it is always a mutilation of life given to us by God. It is for this reason that the story of the original sin is presented to us as an act of eating. For food is means of life; it is that which keeps us alive. But here lies the whole question: what does […]

The Seventeenth Day of Great Lent. FASTING & PARTICIPATION IN LENTEN SERVICES »

March 27th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

[Not everyone] can attend the entire cycle of Lenten worship. Everyone can attend some of it. There is simply no excuse for not making Lent first of all the time for an increased attendance of and participation in the liturgy of the Church. Here again, personal conditions, individual possibilities and impossibilities can vary and result in different decisions, but there must be a decision, there must be an effort, and […]

Members of One Another (Part VIII): The Total Adam »

February 21st, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

The sin of Adam is cosmic in its effects, destroying as it does the primal harmony that prevailed between humans and the rest of creation. So Adam exclaims in his ‘Lament’: In paradise was I joyful and glad: The Spirit of God rejoiced me, and suffering was a stranger to me. But when I was driven forth from paradise cold and hunger began to torment me. The beasts and the […]

The Twelfth Day of Christmas Advent. Saint Stylianos, The Protector of Children »

November 26th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

Saint Stylianos was born in Paphlagonia, Asia Minor, between 400 and 500. He was blessed even from his mother’s womb. As he grew up, by the grace of God he increasingly became a dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit. From childhood he displayed the rare qualities of his blessed life. When he was young and still an adolescent, although, of course, he was of the flesh, he never allowed desires to […]

Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Pascha. Divine Light. »

May 15th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

Only divine light, when it shines in us, allows us to see our sins. It is by prayer that our heart begins, little by little, to understand the influences of the spirits which fill the cosmos. Instead of making progress, we see with an ever greater acuteness the passions which possess us. Paradoxically, this feeling that there is no progress is itself progress. Even if we have not yet seen […]