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“We are created by God ‘in His image’ for life ‘after His likeness’—that is, for our ultimate divinization”

‘Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage’ [Gal. 5:1]. The start of our life in the body, ‘formed … of the dust of the ground’ … Continue reading

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“When God draws us to Him, prayer of sorrowful repentance becomes all-devouring”

It is natural for us to be drawn to the Supreme Good but our progression must begin with a descent into the abyss of hell. St. Paul, having repented of his past, says of Christ: ‘Now that he ascended, what … Continue reading

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Icons and the Synodikon of Orthodoxy

A yearly thanksgiving is due to God on account of that day when we recovered the Church of God, with the demonstration of the dogmas of true religion and the overthrowing of the blasphemies of wickedness. Following prophetic sayings, yielding … Continue reading

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“What are the rules for living a good life?”

What are the rules for living a good life? In the first place to love the Lord with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul and with all one’s strength. Then to love one’s neighbour as oneself. Then not to … Continue reading

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“God is truly experienced either as purifying fire or as Light that illumines”

Divine Love begets reverent audaciousness. Thus a handful of Apostles, hitherto faint-hearted, after the descent of the Holy Ghost were filled with courage and took on the whole of the rest of the world in spiritual struggle. Nearly all of … Continue reading

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“You did not receive weapons so that you might sit at ease, but so that you might fight!”

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.” What does “then” mean? After the Spirit descended, after the voice from heaven said: This is my beloved Son in whom I am well … Continue reading

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“Forgiveness is what matters most of all; to be forgiven, to be contrite for mortal sin is the most tremendous thing that could happen to you in your life—so of course it is very easy”

I think we are all accustomed to the teaching that the Catholic Church is not meant to be a community of great saints—a collection of the righteous and holy as distinct from the sinners. We all know it is also meant … Continue reading

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