Wednesday, May 15, 2019



EVERY ONE OF US IS A POTENTIAL SAINT

Every one of us is a potential saint, even if we do not believe right now! Metropolitan Nicholas (Khadzhinkolai) of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki, a hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, considers disbelief the most valuable experience in the spiritual life.
"I didn't need someone's stories and arguments about Christ; I was looking to experience His presence"
Metropolitan Nicholas of Mesogaia and LavreotikiMetropolitan Nicholas of Mesogaia and LavreotikiDespota Nicholas, why does disbelief have meaning and value for you? It is, quite frankly, paradoxical to hear from a metropolitan…
—Because the Lord reveals Himself only to those who sincerely doubt His existence. I doubted. When I was seventeen, I straight out said, "I am an atheist."
Did it last long?
—About until I was twenty-two. I still believe it's better to humbly doubt from the sidelines than to boast of being within the Church's enclosure [when you don't actually believe]. My best teachers in the faith were not "savvy" theologians and hereditary clergymen, but those who underwent the novitiate of unbelief. 
It's all the stranger to hear from a Greek—it's more like something from recent Russian history…
—Greece truly perceives itself as being within the two-thousand-year continuous tradition, and with you [Russians—Trans.] everything is indeed being born again! This explains the inexpressible color and freshness of Church life. It is a revolution of the Spirit! It's unique in the history of mankind and indicative for Orthodoxy throughout the world, because our faith is not of this world. That's why I didn't want to believe in my youth simply "because you have to." I didn't need anyone's stories and arguments about Christ, I was looking to experience His presence. But He didn't come. And I confessed: "I don't know anything about Him." The true God is the One without Whom it's impossible to live. The Church lives by Him, because He isn't a certain sum of opinions about Him by certain people; He is Life itself. 
Since you're already physicists… First lessons on Athos

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Trisagion Films

It is a true blessing to have the chance to see the great videos that Trisagion Films produced. I welcome the efforts of this non - profit organization to bring the Orthodoxy Faith to all!
https://www.trisagionfilms.com/videos/#/saints/
 
Check out The Life of Saint Paisios ( also read the book about his life ):
 
 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Great Lent

 
"Throughout this period, at every service in Great Lent, we say the prayer of Saint Ephraim the Syrian  ("O Lord and Master of my life…."),  With these words, the saint wishes to make us understand very clearly, that, apart from other virtues we need to take special care with the last case, that of self-censure and of criticism of our bothers and that without love for our fellow human beings there's no chance of making even the slightest progress towards our spiritual purification. If we don't pay attention to our thoughts, our words and our heart, there's no benefit in fasting."
Elder Ephraim of Arizona on Lent
From the website:

Friday, September 8, 2017

Why do you worry?

Since God is continuously present, why do you worry? For in Him we live and move. We are carried in His arms. We breathe God; we are vested with God; we touch God; we  consume God in Mystery. Wherever you turn, wherever you look, God is everywhere: in the heavens, on the earth, in the abysses, in the trees, within the rocks, in your nous, in your  heart. So can't He see that you are suffering, that you are going through tribulations? Tell Him your grievances and you will see consolation, you will see healing which will heal not only the body, but even more so the passions of you soul.
 Monastic Wisdom - The Letters of Elder Joseph the Hesychast
 Thirtieth Letter

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Looking for the truth

"Do you know what it is for your tongue to have dried up from thirst, to have a little spring next to you and yet not approach it to be refreshed, but instead settle for swampy waters? do you know what it is to tremble from cold, for the fire to be next to you and for you not to extends your hands to get warm? Miserable people!" (Counsels for Life, by Fr. Epiphanios)

For indeed we are so, when we do not see the truth and still look for surrogates. When we get so busy with all the cares of life, but forget about true prayer and God.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Beet Pancakes


This recipe will help you start your day with an Anti-Candida friendly delicious breakfast (vegan, no sugar and no gluten).

Ingredients:
2 small raw beets, washed well
2 cups of quinoa or chickpea flour
½ cup ground flax seeds
½ cup walnut meal or pecan meal
1 ½ cups water
Dash of salt
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup Coconut oil (optional)

Directions:
Blend the beets with water to a smoothie consistency. Add the dry ingredients and vanilla. Mix well. See the batter below:
Use a non-stick skillet and make the pancake as usually.  Add fresh fruit and marmalade as desired.
Enjoy!