The Mother of God truly perceived the holiness of the place she lived ... she strove to purify her heart in order that it might accord with the holiness of the place she dwelt bodily. Let us do the same.
The favor of God is evident towards those born into the Jewish nation and especially into the direct lineage of Christ; however, the means through which one draws near to God has never changed despite one’s birth into a particular race or nation. Nor should one conclude that he finds favor with the Lord due to wealth, one’s station in life, or assume that he has found favor as evidenced by prolonged health.Continue reading
All that is good in the world is imbued with power from the Holy Spirit, and this is significantly true of images, the greatest of which is the Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.Continue reading
What I undertake, St. John says, is to prove that no one of those who are wronged is wronged by another, but experiences this injury at his own hands.Continue reading
That God was with Elias is obvious, but how did Elias live; how did he live so as not to drive God away from him, to live as one who pleased God and in whom God was pleased to dwell? In answering this question, we will understand why he is a model for Christians and especially a model for ascetics and monastics.Continue reading