Spiritual Counsels

  • Spiritual Counsel
  • December 2, 2013
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On the 27th of November 2013, Elder Porphyrios was formally proclaimed a saint of our Holy Orthodox Church. Below is a small excerpt from his life...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • September 22, 2013
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If you want to be humble then, learn to accept courageously whatever others say to you, and do not just speak fine words that have no content...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • June 27, 2013
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St. Sisoes is today well known for his depiction in an icon over the dead bones of Alexander the Great...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • May 2, 2013
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We often equate freedom with the absence of any external coercion. However, there is a deeper meaning of freedom... I am refering to inner freedom which is much more important.


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • February 13, 2013
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Our greatest missionary work in life takes place in the Divine Liturgy...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • November 19, 2012
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The Nativity fast has begun and our Orthodox Church calls upon us to renew our spiritual struggle. So let us remind ourselves of the benefits of fasting...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • October 16, 2012
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Several years ago I was approached by a young student. With great reluctance, but with the intensity of a demanding seeker, who said he was an atheist, yet would love to believe, but could not. For years he tried and searched, but to no avail...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • September 21, 2012
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The early Church lived without a New Testament, but not without the Divine Liturgy....


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • May 29, 2012
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Often we forget the significance of the Divine Liturgy but the accounts below remind us...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • January 9, 2012
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Why is that my prayers for help in my daily struggle remain unanswered?


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • October 28, 2011
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"What is the meaning of the words which one of the elders spoke, saying, 'He who dwells with men, because of the commotion of worldly affairs is unable to see his sins...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • April 6, 2011
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Is it better to live the solitary life of contemplation and poverty or to devote one’s life to helping others and providing material support to the needy?


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • April 1, 2011
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Take care my brothers...for the Evil One...works against man with unimaginable hypocritical cleverness...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • February 28, 2011
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During the course of the conversation the devil revealed certain truths which are very beneficial for all Christian’s to keep in mind...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • January 27, 2011
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In the struggle for Christian virtue it is easy to lose hope and to stop struggling. Many a times do we say, ‘It’s just too hard!’


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • December 29, 2010
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Often we feel that we can repent, confess and heal ourselves, without having to reveal our weaknesses and passions to another...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • November 17, 2010
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What saves and makes for good children is the life of the parents in the home...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • November 3, 2010
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In a world where self promotion seems to be a pre-requisite for survival, we often forget that the pre-requisite for spiritual life is the virtue of humility...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • September 30, 2010
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St. Arsenios was the spiritual father of the late Elder Paisios’ family...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • September 21, 2010
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The fathers of the skete, however, wouldn't accept him, because apart from being idle and negligent, he was mischievous and always causing trouble...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • September 2, 2010
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The greater the number of things that occupy the soul, the greater the darkness that invades it; and then complete darkness may result...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • August 13, 2010
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It is possible for all men, not only for monks but for laymen as well, to be penitent at all times and constantly, and to weep and entreat God, and by such practices to acquire all other virtues as well...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • July 28, 2010
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Living in a society which emphasis materials and wealth, we sometimes become so attached to our belongings…


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • July 16, 2010
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For us there is no fear - neither of death, nor of the devil nor of hell...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • June 28, 2010
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Is fasting, really necessary for the spiritual life? One can only respond like the Holy Apostle Nathaniel and say "Come and see" what fasting can do for you!


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • June 21, 2010
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More than any other sin the devil puts before us sins of the flesh...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • May 29, 2010
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Where on Earth can we find God?


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • May 19, 2010
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In our own days, knowledge has increased, but unfortunately logic has shaken people’s faith from the foundations and filled their souls with questions and doubts...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • May 10, 2010
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Oh! not again...I have to go to Church?


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • May 3, 2010
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Just as it is necessary to guard the mind from ignorance, so is it equally necessary to protect it from the opposite, namely from too much knowledge and curiosity...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • April 27, 2010
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The Holy Scripture is the realm of Wisdom, Word and Spirit, of God in Trinity; in it He clearly manifests Himself...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • April 19, 2010
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All of us struggle with our passions and are often led to sin through them. Learn from Abba Dorotheos' spiritual directions to his monastic disciples on how to combat this dilemma. 


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • March 26, 2010
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He who has faith...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • March 14, 2010
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Once there lived in the city an officer of the palace court...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • March 6, 2010
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It is tempting to think that we should not deal with a priest who commits sins or other misdeeds, judging him harshly for any errors he may have committed and refusing the sacraments he serves...read what Abba Mark has to say on this...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • March 5, 2010
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Why is it when I pray I feel sleepy....?


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • March 4, 2010
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If he had spoken of the passions of the soul, I should have replied...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • December 30, 2009
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Repentance! Did she or did she not repent...?


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • December 30, 2009
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“Father, to what does the Prophet refer when he says, ‘There is no salvation for him in his God’ (Psalm 3:3)...?”


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • December 20, 2009
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...Neither fasting nor prayer are, or should be an end in themselves...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • December 18, 2009
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The One who possessed the incorruptible image and likeness of God had to be tempted himself by the same passions by which Adam was also tempted...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • December 18, 2009
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We ought to give thanks to God for both the universal and particular gifts of soul and body that He bestows on us...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • December 18, 2009
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St Ammonas' life is especially interesting and inspirational for us because ...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • December 18, 2009
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So you too, if you wish to be saved, must become like a dead man...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • December 18, 2009
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The mind, before it awakens from the sleep of laziness, is with the demons...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • December 17, 2009
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Since the enemy watches you constantly, waiting for an opportunity to sow evil in you, be doubly watchful over yourself...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • December 16, 2009
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How can I make God’s desire for me, my own desire, ‘who desires all men to be saved…’


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • November 30, 2009
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It was said that Abba Gelasios had a leather Bible worth eighteen pieces of silver...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • November 30, 2009
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The weather shifts from cloudy to clear and then back to rain; thus it is with human nature. One must always expect clouds to hide the sun sometimes...


  • Spiritual Counsel
  • November 30, 2009
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The ladder that leads to the Kingdom is hidden within your soul...