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What for?
24.09.2017

What for?

I watched somehow long documentary about the inhabitants of the Japanese island of Okinawa. On this island there is a famous karate school. And among other characters in the film was an old man who has been practicing this sport for many, many years and coaching young people.

Instruction to those who are jealous of the conversion of sinners
24.09.2017

Instruction to those who are jealous of the conversion of sinners

Often, brethren, lately, from some of you, I hear these words: "Behold, you often tell us that we should teach our neighbors good; but what should we do when they do not listen to us? And not only do not listen, but also often respond with ridicule and curses. Is it possible to teach a bad person? "

How not to make a mistake in choosing a life path?
23.09.2017

How not to make a mistake in choosing a life path?

About the right choice of life path, not only are those who are just starting their own steps along the road of life, but also made a very significant segment of it. Someone realized that it was not going there, someone beckons the side paths, showing other possibilities for realizing their talents ... How to be? How to determine which road is right for you? How can you understand what God's Providence is about you? What should we do to make the road of life open in a clear perspective? And who can help, if you are at a crossroads?

Temptations
23.09.2017

Temptations

Rev. Isaac the Syrian - Know that if fire comes out of you (temptation) and burns others, then God will seek from your hand the souls that are burning with your fire. And if you do not throw in fire, but you agree with the plunger and enjoy it, then you will be among his accomplices in court.

The Patriarch warned the clergy against a formal attitude towards their ministry
22.09.2017

The Patriarch warned the clergy against a formal attitude towards their ministry

Patriarch Kirill called on the clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church to strictly enforce his instructions.

Shepherds of Humility
22.09.2017

Shepherds of Humility

The Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos is celebrated by the Church as a day of universal joy, because through the birth of the "Honest Cherubim" our salvation became possible. However, I would like to speak on this day about our immutable companions - sorrows, which even the Mother of God did not escape in His life, and the humility with which She was so rich. This and the pedagogical lessons of this holiday are discussed by the priests Demetrius Shishkin, Sergiy Begiyan, Dimitry Fetisov and deacon Valery Dukhanin.

How to grow spiritually. About daily confession
22.09.2017

How to grow spiritually. About daily confession

The fathers said how each person should gradually purify himself. Every evening he must feel himself how he spent the day, and again in the morning, as he spent the night, and repent before God, in what he happened to sin. And each of us should say to himself:

Do not achieve what you want before the abdominal pain
21.09.2017

Do not achieve what you want before the abdominal pain

Our anxiety leads us to illness. Is it possible to calm down, looking at the saints - thinks Archimandrite Andrey (Konanos).

There is no sin that overcometh the mercy of God.
21.09.2017

There is no sin that overcometh the mercy of God.

Although, fortunately, rarely, but still there are people who, knowing a lot of sins, think that God will not forgive them, and thinking so, more and more come to the depths of evil and do not rejoice about their salvation. "Brethren!" this sin, called the sin of despair, is the most serious of all sins and inevitably leads a person to ultimate ruin.

We do not need to look for anything, because we have everything
20.09.2017

We do not need to look for anything, because we have everything

We do not need to look for anything, because we have everything. So I was in the south and I was surprised: there local women go somewhere in the mountains for twenty kilometers, walk along the steep paths to the holy spring, they take water there. The water tastes simply amazing, beautiful, legends are associated with it, and the holy place is all very well.

Most pray for peace!
20.09.2017

Most pray for peace!

In the last year and a half of the life of Abbess Theosemni, the sisters of the Greek monastery of Chrisopigi recorded the instructions of their abbess. We offer you a fragment from the book, which was published in the publishing house "Nikea" under the title "Most pray for peace. Words to the sisters. "

Home Goal - Christ
19.09.2017

Home Goal - Christ

On the eve of the feast of the Nativity of the Most-holy Lady of Our Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary, the Monastic Herald asked to answer questions about the monastic life of the Abbess Viktorin (Perminov), a member of the Collegium of the Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism, rector of the Theotokos-Rozhdestvensky Stavropegic Women's Monastery in Moscow.

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Prayer
19.09.2017

Philanthropy, favorites for the laity. Prayer

St. Basil the Great Prayer is a pleading of blessings, sent by the godly to God. - But it is not necessary to supply prayer alone in words, but more so in the spiritual arrangement of the prayer. And we must always pray, at any rate.

Against anger and rancor
18.09.2017

Against anger and rancor

(From the word about anger, for example, keep anger at your friends in the region is given to the devil) Someone Isaac the monk told the following incident from his life. Once, he says, I quarreled with my brother and became angry with him. Meanwhile, sitting once for my needlework, I remembered my quarrel, repented and, worried by the fear of responsibility before God, thought: what should I do? At that time a young man came to me and, not creating, as it were, a sign of the cross, said: "You have sinned and are worried; surrender yourself to me and you will be at peace. " I, after learning that it was the devil, answered: "Go away, for you are not from God."

The rules of Christian hatred
18.09.2017

The rules of Christian hatred

How can you hate sin, but love a sinner?

The Birth of the Church of Christ
17.09.2017

The Birth of the Church of Christ

When the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples and followers of Christ gathered together, then the Church of Christ was born. After the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, returning from Mount Eleon to Jerusalem, the disciples of Christ gathered together and were unanimous in prayer.

When the end of the world will be, what number ...
17.09.2017

When the end of the world will be, what number ...

Many are now looking for the elders of the spiritual, they want to know the truth, when the end of the world will be, what number. And no one will find such an old man, and if he does, the old man will never tell him, because there are many questioners, but there are not people who can fulfill the will of God.

The Science of Thanksgiving God: Step by Step
16.09.2017

The Science of Thanksgiving God: Step by Step

Today I want to reflect together with you, dear readers, about gratitude. Do you know why? Because the more grateful a person is, the closer he is to perfection, and hence to God. These wonderful words were uttered by my beloved saint Nikolai Serbsky.

"I always saw the Lord before me"
16.09.2017

"I always saw the Lord before me"

God, who is omnipotent, all containing and controlling power, is with every man, with evil and good, as being everywhere and doing everything. As "He commands His sun to ascend above the wicked and good and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous" (Matthew 5: 45), so does the life of all: good and evil, righteous and sinful, "for we live and move and exist "(Acts 17: 28).

Meeting point
15.09.2017

Meeting point

For a long time I could not understand what kind of "spiritual poverty" there is in the Gospel and why the poor in spirit are "blessed", that is, happy if we are used to believe that a person for happiness should be spiritually rich, the wealth of the individual is considered to be her dignity.

Should I give my children to an orthodox school?
15.09.2017

Should I give my children to an orthodox school?

On the first of September all our children go to school. Therefore, this time we decided to ask our pastors whether the Orthodox person should always try to send his children to study in an orthodox school. What here can be pluses, and what disadvantages?

Loneliness is the abyss of the soul, destined for God
14.09.2017

Loneliness is the abyss of the soul, destined for God

What is loneliness? It's probably when we do not let anyone into our souls. Or maybe it comes when we acutely feel that our soul is not needed by anyone. Sometimes both options are connected.

The more whom the Lord exalts, the more he should humble himself
14.09.2017

The more whom the Lord exalts, the more he should humble himself

When we stand in a low share, then, for the most part, we are gentle, humble, friendly and affable to all. And when we receive either unexpected riches, or elevate us something in front of others, or in general happiness will come to us; then completely change.

In Whom We Believe
13.09.2017

In Whom We Believe

Here is the One who is greater than the temple (Matthew 12: 6). With these words Christ answered the reproach of the scribes in the violation of the Sabbath by the disciples. Christ in return gave an example from the life of David, and then said the words already mentioned: Here is He who is greater than the temple. We need to make an inner effort to feel the power of these words and get closer to those Jews for whom the sound of what was said was like thunder.

The Word of God
13.09.2017

The Word of God

Here Saint John the Theologian sees in the revelation of a certain great angel coming down from heaven, who set his feet like the pillars of fire one to the earth, the other to the sea. In his hand he had an open book, which he gave to the Theologian, saying: "Take it and eat it" (Apoc. 10: 9).

Confession as a means of pastoral counseling
12.09.2017

Confession as a means of pastoral counseling

Confession is the most important means of help given to the penitent by the priest. "Confession is the Sacrament of Repentance, in which a person, through the confession of sins, receives forgiveness from the mercy of God, according to what is written in the psalms:" He said, "I will confess my deeds to the Lord, and You have removed my sin from my heart" (31: 5) "[1 ]. This is the Sacrament of "returning a sinner to God" [2].

Knowledge of God
12.09.2017

Knowledge of God

Because God wants to be known by us, He is revealed. And since it will be opened, only those who are worthy see and know Him. But no one can do this and experience it, if he does not unite with the Holy Spirit, having first obtained through diligence and labor a pure, simple and contrite heart. Reverend Simeon the New Theologian (61, 561).

Laboratory of holiness
11.09.2017

Laboratory of holiness

The bright, memorable oral stories of Metropolitan Nikolai of Mesogy and Lavraotikysky, a former scientist-physicist, an employee of the National Aerospace Agency of the United States (NASA), and later an Athonite monk, are similar to already written essays. Aphoristically speaking, he learned, perhaps from his mentor - the elder Paisius the Svyatogorets.

Man is capable of generally more
11.09.2017

Man is capable of generally more

"It's unattainably difficult to become a Christian, the requirements are incredibly high, they actually describe a person of God's level." How do we become Christians then? "- The answer is found in the Scriptures: become perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect (cf .: Matthew 5, 48 ).

ROC officially invited the head of the Church of Greece to visit Russia
10.09.2017

ROC officially invited the head of the Church of Greece to visit Russia

Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk handed an official invitation to the archbishop of Athens and Greece, Jerome, to visit the Church of Russia, the Athens Archdiocese said.

The Baptism of Rus as a Turn of History, or the Birth of Civilization
10.09.2017

The Baptism of Rus as a Turn of History, or the Birth of Civilization

About the baptism of Rus and how the choice of faith affected Prince Vladimir, his entourage and the whole country, we talk with the head of the department of church history of the Moscow Theological Academy, Professor Alexei Svetozarsky.

Knowledge of God
10.09.2017

Knowledge of God

The body can not live without breath, and it is impossible for the soul to exist without knowing the Creator. St. Basil the Great (7, 193). There is nothing like the sweetness of knowing God. Rev. Isaac the Syrian (55, 166).

"Father, I want to start a family!"
09.09.2017

"Father, I want to start a family!"

It is a great thing to rely on God and pray. Someone comes and says: - I want to start a family, but I do not know how to do it, where to find the right person, etc. Some of you wrote to me about similar problems, problems with your children, about yourself - that years pass, and you are not yet married, etc. Yes, the years and the time pass, but do we know what the words mean time passes? God knows time, time - it is what God wants, time is good!

Blessing
09.09.2017

Blessing

Turning to the circumstances of the Ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven, we can first of all recall the blessing that the Apostles taught them at the time: the Evangelist Luke narrates: "And when He blessed them, He began to distance himself from them and ascended to heaven" (Luke 24: 51 ).

People behind
08.09.2017

People behind

Look at any person. Although in the subway, even in line for the cashier's utility payments. Although in the park on a run, at least in the market at the counter. Look. Before you - a miracle. Freeze for a moment. This is a miracle, not realized by us because of the numerous presence everywhere of the same "miracle". But anyway.

We are evil, sinful, lazy people
08.09.2017

We are evil, sinful, lazy people

We are evil, sinful, lazy people, we do not want to pray, we do not want to fast, go to the temple, study the Holy Scriptures; we just want to achieve everything for ourselves: that all of us love, that no one should pester us, that we should go only where we want and do what we like.

About the old people and the difficulties of translation
07.09.2017

About the old people and the difficulties of translation

What Orthodox does not seek spiritual advice, oral or written? Especially dear to us is a conversation with a holy man, with an old man. Everyone is looking for such meetings. But we sometimes do not think that it is possible to misunderstand the words of holy people. Even if the instruction will be addressed to us personally and we will be sure that we have fully understood it.

Godfather
07.09.2017

Godfather

Godfather (receptor) - in the Sacrament of Baptism, a witness, a surety for the faith of the person being baptized, obliged to instruct him in the rules of the Christian life.

Sermon on the Mount
06.09.2017

Sermon on the Mount

The Lord often taught people for a long time. When the glory of Him spread throughout Palestine and the people from Galilee, Decapolis, Perea, Judea and Jerusalem flocked to hear him, the Lord once ascended the mountain. The people surrounded Him, and at His feet sat disciples. And the Lord Jesus Christ began to teach them.

Awe
06.09.2017

Awe

Do not listen to the devil when he whispers to you: "Give me today, and give to God tomorrow." No, all hours of life spend so that it is pleasing to God. Content in the thought that after the present hour you will not be given another and that for every minute of this hour you will have to give the most detailed report.