A Courageous Example in Troubled Times

In this post I am sharing with you, the reader, two important examples from the life of the New Hiero-martyr Vladimir of Kiev. The accounts are take from his recorded life in “Holy New-Martyrs of Southern Russian” by Vladimir Moss. The first is an account of how the Saint conducted himself during the time of …

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The Democracy of Hell

“Hell is a democracy but Heaven is a Kingdom” St. John of Kronstadt. There is no area of human life which is outside of the governing principles of Truth revealed by God. Humanity may reject Truth but this does not nullify its potency. Truth remains, believed in or not. When men attempt to construct a …

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The Inverted Commandments

“Thou shalt love the Lord your God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matt. 22:37-40). The …

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Who of us is Christ’s?

Below is a translation from Russian of a short message from Met. Luke of Zaporozhye. His words remind me of those of Bl. Seraphim Rose, "Orthodoxy is something first of all of the heart, not just the mind, something warm and not abstract and cold, something learned and practiced in life." Begin translation- Who of …

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It is Better to be Outside of Heaven with God than to be in Heaven without Him

The futile search for a “happiness” that is found only in the material world leads in the long run to unhappiness. Even at current the frenzied rush to purportedly “keep people safe and healthy” reveals the tragedy of fallen existence. All we have, all of humanity's “well-being” and “happiness” is found in that which is …

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Christianity and Socialism

A very pertinent teaching by St. Hilarion (Troitsky). He lived in the days of the rise of socialism and its taking of power in Russia under the form of Soviet Socialism. St. Hilarion ended his life as a martyr, tasting first hand the ruthless fruit of socialism against which he warned. The discerning reader will …

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Right Theology Without Right Praxis is Dead

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22). True faith is both in word - theology, faith – and in deed - work, practice, application. Thus, there is no right faith devoid of right practice. St. Paul also echos this spiritual reality when he teaches “Not …

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The Modern Vaccine Agenda: An Orthodox Reflection

Is the “well-being” of humanity truly the driving factor behind the powers that are rushing to create a c-virus vaccine? Or are there darker intentions around this agenda? In this post, I am not so much trying to address material issues surrounding the modern application of vaccines but rather the possible spiritual intent. I will …

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