moving within

moving within

  “Just as a child within its mother’s womb kicks and makes its presence known, so too does God move about within me. Sometimes He makes my eyes sparkle with joy, and sometimes he fills them with tears. Sometimes I cry aloud and other times I say to myself  “Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me” Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra : The Way of the Spirit...

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the beginning middle and end

the beginning middle and end

  We are approaching a beautiful time of repentance set aside for us in the life of the Orthodox Church. It is a time of reconciliation and spiritual growth Already the Church has been priming us with the beautiful Sunday’s of preparation… the humility of the tax collector, the coming to his senses of the Prodigal Son.  Judgement Sunday is a great call bringing us to our senses that we are not saved alone, our lives are not our...

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the gates of innocence

the gates of innocence

  This is a gate of the road leading to the pasture of our small family farm… As we approach the time of the Orthodox Christian beautiful fast, which is more to say the beautiful emphasis on repentance (rekindling the Greatest Commandment in our hearts) the Church blesses and fortifies us with the hymn  “Open to me, O Giver of Life, the gates of repentance: for early in the morning my spirit seeks Your holy temple…”...

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friends of Christ

friends of Christ

A true friend is known in misfortune. he is our true friend and one who loves us who does not forsake us in misfortune. Likewise, the true lover of Christ is he who abides with Christ in this world, and cleaves to Him in his heart, and uncomplainingly endures the Cross with Him, and desires to be with Him inseparably in the age to come. Saint Tikhon of...

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