Resources for those on the journey.

Get Real for Lent article fr freeman Feb 07, 2022

According to St. Basil, God is the “only truly Existing.” Our own existence is a gift from God who is our Creator. None of us has “self-existing” life. We exist because God sustains us in existence – in Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).

Sin is the...

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Steps of Temptation article st theophan Jan 17, 2022

by St Theophan the Recluse

Be strong. The enemy fights you. But this does not mean that you are sinful. Nor should his attacks shake you or confuse you. Temptations arise from the envy of the enemy and return to his head. Not only are you not responsible for it, but provided you struggle you will...

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3 Basics Of Christian Living article fr lourie Jan 10, 2022

When the Lord, the Giver of Life, deigned to come and save mankind from death and the sickness of sin, He revealed Himself more fully, i.e., more fully than He was revealed in creation itself, by becoming of the same substance as the creation His own hands had made. He became man by taking on not...

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Can I Really Break My Addiction To Pornography? article fr jacobse pornography Nov 05, 2021

A better question to ask is, “Can God really help me overcome my addiction to porn and masturbation?” 

Yes, He can. You can’t do it without Him however.  

Try it alone and it wont work. All we have without God is our own willpower and that’s usually good for...

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Lustful Thoughts article fr gillis pornography Oct 28, 2021

Many do not realize that the ancient Church Fathers deal rather specifically with the problem of unwanted sexual thoughts, albeit from a man’s perspective.  Unfortunately, there were very few women in the ancient world who were able or had the leisure to read and write, so there...

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How Can I Prepare for What is Coming? article fr lourie Oct 21, 2021

More and more people are getting worried, stressed, about the future.

Land Of The Worried: 83% Of Americans Very Stressed Over Nation’s Future

What's going to happen in this world? Is the world going to collapse? What am I going to do? How can I get ready for whatever is coming? What...

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Fear and the Orthodox Man article fr lourie Sep 29, 2021

Something I have heard other preachers say is: “The Bible says 365 times, Fear Not, or some derivative of that. That’s one for every day.”

I don’t know if that is true, it could be, I am not about to count. It’s a nice preaching device whether it is true or not.

I...

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Monasteries article fr lourie Sep 17, 2021

Inquirer: Father, why should I go to a monastery? 

Abouna: There are many reasons. Why do you go anywhere? To receive something? 

Why do you go to a store? A ballgame? On vacation?  

Why is there a long Christian tradition of retreat? And pilgrimage? 

The answer is plain to...

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Living In An Age Of Pornography And Overcoming Lust article fr lourie pornography Aug 27, 2021

Orthodox Anthropology Summary

The Fathers of the Church teach us that man's true health is associated with the state of perfection intended for him by nature, the potential of the Pre-Fall man.

Perfection means deification or theosis, the ability to become god, attainable by grace.

The Ancestral...

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Restoring Young Men to Manhood article fr jacobse Aug 19, 2021

By almost any measure, the breakdown of sexual morality in the Post-Christian West is nothing short of catastrophic. Although it began with the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s, its intellectual antecedents were evident long before that. It seduces the uninformed and innocent through the false...

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The Heart of a Warrior article fr lourie Aug 13, 2021

Most of us live pretty cushy lives compared to our forebears. Relatively speaking we are pretty wimpy.

When was the last time your life was threatened in the pursuit of your daily bread? Or your shelter and family was under attack by someone trying to kill you to take your food and land?

Many of...

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Move Yourself to Make Things Happen article fr jacobse Jul 30, 2021

I woke up one morning in rough shape. It was a hard few years of my life. Sometimes life is like that.

I knew if I didn't break the routine, the day would be lost. I would drift throughout each hour accomplishing nothing. In the evening I would fall asleep with mild disgust, even self-contempt...

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