Monthly Archives: January 2015

Before baptism

Before holy baptism, grace encourages the soul towards good from the outside, while Satan lurks in its depths, trying to block all the intellect’s ways of approach to the divine. But from the moment that we are reborn through baptism, … Continue reading

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Two Gifts of Baptism

And St Diadochos writes: ‘Divine grace confers on us two gifts through the baptism of regeneration, one being infinitely superior to the other. The first gift is given to us at once, when grace renews us in the actual waters … Continue reading

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Prayer is a vow

PRAYERS are those by which we offer or vow something to God, what the Greeks call evki, i.e., a vow…… We pray, when we renounce this world and promise that being dead to all worldly actions and the life of … Continue reading

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The Three Virtues

17. The three most comprehensive virtues of the soul are prayer, silence and fasting. Thus you should refresh yourself with the contemplation of created realities when you relax from prayer; with conversation about the life of virtue when you relax … Continue reading

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