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94 Posts in Meditations

April 30, 2015

Seeking Asceticism during the Holy and Joyful Fifty Days

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Advice to those who are struggling with living an ascetic life in the Holy and Joyful Fifty Days:1. Practice breathing while praying the Jesus Prayer.2. Eat without filling yourself (no seconds!)3. Don’t be lazy and lie about in front of any type of screen (TV, phone, tablet, etc.) If you wish to rest, pick up your Holy Scripture or a spiritual book and exercise your spirit.4. Remember the day of your death constantly and the …

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April 30, 2015

All Truth Emanates from Christ

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Whatever things were rightly said among all men, are the property of us Christians. For next to God, we worship and love the Word who is from the unbegotten and ineffable God, since also He became man for our sakes, that, becoming a partaker of our sufferings, He might also bring us healing. For all the writers were able to see realities darkly through the sowing of the implanted word that was in them. For …

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Tagged: Creation, Holy Justin Martyr, Logos, Truth
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April 29, 2015

Unity in Prayer

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Before all things, the Teacher of peace and the Master of unity would not have prayer to be made singly and individually, as for one who prays to pray for himself alone. For we say not My Father, which art in heaven,” nor “Give me this day my daily bread;” nor does each one ask that only his own debt should be forgiven him; nor does he request for himself alone that he may not …

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April 23, 2015

A Homily on Modesty and Purity

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, instructing His disciples and apostles, imbued in them the necessity of observing purity of heart and thought. From the thought and from the heart proceed our sinful impulses: “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart,” says the Saviour; “and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnesses, blasphemies” (Matt. 15:18-19). The Saviour pointed to …

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Tagged: Chastity, Fashion, Lust, Modesty, Morality, Purity
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April 20, 2015

The Doubt of Thomas and the Heavenly Angels

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The only begotten Word of God ascended in the heavens with His flesh united to him, and this was a new sight in the heavens. The multitude of holy angels was astounded seeing the King of Glory and the Lord of Hosts in the form like unto us. And they said, “Who is this that comes from Edom (that is, from earth) in crimsoned garments, from Bosor?” But Bosor is interpreted flesh or anguish and …

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April 15, 2015

No Cremation!

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Treat this body with care, I pray you, and understand that with this body you will rise from the dead to be judged. But, if any thought of doubt should steal into your mind, as though the thing were impossible, judge the things unseen from your own experience. For tell me—just think where you were, you, yourself, a hundred or more years ago. From what an extremely small and mean substance have you come to …

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April 14, 2015

How to Pray?

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Moreover, when we stand praying, beloved brethren, we ought to be watchful and earnest with our whole heart, intent on our prayers. Let all carnal and worldly thoughts pass away, nor let the soul at that time think on anything but the object only of its prayer. For this reason also the priest, by way of preface before his prayer, prepares the minds of the brethren by saying, “Lift up your hearts,” that so upon …

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April 14, 2015

Honor the Body of Christ in the Poor

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Would you do honor to Christ’s Body? Neglect Him not when naked; do not while here thou honorest Him with silken garments, neglect Him perishing without of cold and nakedness. For He that said, “This is my body,” and by His word confirmed the fact, his same said, “Ye saw me an hungered, and fed me not;” and, “Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not …

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April 13, 2015

Why the Resurrection after Three Days?

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The death on the Cross, then, for us has proved seemly and fitting, and its cause has been shown to be reasonable in every respect; and it may justly be argued that in no other way than by the Cross was it right for the salvation of all to take place. For not even thus—not even on the Cross—did He leave Himself concealed; but far otherwise, while He made creation witness to the presence of …

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April 2, 2015

Against the Western Concept of Justification

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But what is the meaning of ‘made righteous in His Blood?” What power is there in this Blood, I demand, that believers are made righteous in it? And what of ‘reconciled through the death of His Son’? Is it really the case that, when God saw the Father was angry with us, He saw the death of His Son for us, and was appeased?…Can we suppose that the Father would have given His own Son …

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