Resources for those on the journey.

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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St. Paisios on Manliness fr lourie st paisios Dec 06, 2021

We promise to assist you along the path of authentic, Christian manhood, and we pray we can aid each other - 

“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of...

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The Advent Fast fr lourie Nov 24, 2021

The Nativity Fast is divided into two periods.

The 1st period is November 15th through December 19th when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed with katalysis (allowance or permission) for wine and oil on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for...

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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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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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Building A Spiritual Life article fr lourie Jul 08, 2021

How to increase your love for God.

All serious and devout Orthodox Christians are duty bound to pursue the Life in Christ, a life of holiness, to the best of their ability. Some foundational items in this pursuit are:

  1. Remembrance of God: Remembrance of God prevents sin (Psalm 9:17), we...
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Illnesses of the Soul article fr lourie Jul 01, 2021

From The Mountain of Silence,

By Kyriacos C. Markides

 

1. Ignorance-not a lack of worldly knowledge but a lack of God knowledge. The heart (nous) is ignorant of God. This lack of direct knowledge of God renders human beings incapable of knowing what it means to live apart from God....

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