What is More Deadly, a Physical or Spiritual Virus?

The ongoing chaotic situation surrounding the Coronavirus to which, it seems, the general response is panic, revels to a degree certain spiritual realities. Obviously, people should strive to maintain good hygiene as it is continuously being pointed out to us. Such a virus has possible grave physical implications. My point, once again, is not to …

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Reality’s Exile under Relativity’s Rule

The Christian life must be one that is lived in Truth. By dwelling in Truth we are set free, as Christ said, “if you abide in my words you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (Jn 8:31). This experience of truth is not simply that …

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Know Thyself

Know thyself.  The Christian understanding of self-knowledge is substantially different from that of the world.  The Christian call is not one of egocentric self-fulfillment or self-gratification. The danger of a quest to “know thyself” outside the bounds of revealed truth manifested in Christ Jesus is that, to some degree or another, it has elements of …

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New Martyrs of Russia: An All American Feast Day

“Christianity must remain eternally unchanging, in no way being dependent on or guided by the spirit of each age. Instead, Christianity is meant to govern and direct the spirit of the age for anyone who obeys its teachings.” St Theophan the Recluse Millions upon millions of martyrs; a concrete number is hard to ascertain. Indeed, …

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You’re a Fundamentalist!

One of my favorite responses of those who are attempting to deconstruct the Orthodox Faith from within (lovingly called “liberal” or “progressive” Orthodox) when they are confronted with indisputable Scriptural and Patristic realities that clearly refute their secular “opinions” is – “your a fundamentalist!” Or, “That's a fundamentalist stance/argument!” Clearly, there is nothing more horrible …

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A Sacrifice for Apostasy

“We must stand bravely.” Ss. Juventius and Maximinus. The essential truth and reality of Christian revelation are in no way dependent upon quantitativeness. The revelation of Christ Jesus, given once for all (cf. Jude 3), is itself the fullness of the Faith. It remains so, whether a vast multitude believes in it, or scantily few. …

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The Religious Phenomenon of LGBTQ-ism

Every person has a worldview - principles, beliefs, and a school of thought by which one encounters and experiences the surrounding world and its events. Most of the time, at least in “Western” societies, this worldview is self-chosen. A worldview forms and encompasses the process by which a person relates to general questions of life, …

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