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Letter from Metropolitan ALEXIOS on St. Matthew 8:28-9:1

​My Beloved Ones,

Today I wish to discuss a subject the Holy Fathers of our Church understand to draw on the connection between the mind, the heart, and our hands. The Fathers take the nous to mean the way we interact with and experience God. When a thought—pure or otherwise, enters our minds, we have a choice to accept or reject it. In the case of improper thoughts, these might be more difficult to dismiss, because they are so often related to those passions with which we are afflicted (examples might include love of food or drink, lust or gossip, among many other sins).

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The Pity & the Pride

Louis Markos
on One Difference Between Sins of the Flesh & Sins of the Soul

Many in the Orthodox Christian community have reminded us that homosexual behavior, though sinful, is less bad than pride, avarice, and malice, for the former constitutes a sin of the flesh while the latter are sins of the soul. They are correct to say this and, in doing so, make clear why, when Jesus was on earth, he was rejected by Pharisees and Sadducees and accepted by prostitutes and tax collectors.

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SUNDAY OF ALL SAINTS

+ALEXIOS
Metropolitan of Atlanta, Greek Archdiocese of America

Nearly two weeks ago, the United States celebrated the secular holiday known as Memorial Day. This day includes the solemn practice of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, to commemorate all those who gave their lives in the service of something greater than themselves. In a way, this national celebration resembles the upcoming final liturgical celebration of the Paschal season, the Sunday of All Saints.

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Pentecost 2017 — Bp. ANTHONY’s Pastoral Letter

Glory to Jesus Christ!

God sees us, knows us, cares for us, and most of all, loves us. No matter where we go, He is there waiting for us. No matter who we are with, we are never without Him being with us. On Pentecost, we once again begin our daily and liturgical prayers by saying, “O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things…” [Read the letter.]

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Fr. Roman Braga, Memory Eternal 2 Years Today (April 28, 2017)

I was in Communist prison eleven years—in solitary confinement three years. I found out in prison that I didn’t know anything. My idea of God disappeared. But what I found out is that the God of the books is different from the God of the experience. Read more…

 

 

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