Omilie la Duminica izgonirii lui Adam din Rai (Ρουμανικά, Romanian)

Armele duhovniceşti ale creştinului

Mâine, iubiţii mei, începe Sfânta şi Marea Patruzecime, care ţine 40 de zile. Prima zi este Lunea cea Curată, iar ultima este Sâmbăta lui Lazăr.

Biserica ne cheamă să ne nevoim. Avem vrăjmaşi. Iar cei mai mari vrăjmaşi ai noştri sunt trei: primul este trupul cu dorinţele lui rele, al doilea este lumea cu spaimele şi farmecele ei, iar al treilea este satana, care – cum zice Apostolul Petru – „ca un leu răcnind umblă căutând pe cine să înghită” (I Petru 5, 8).

Aşadar, suntem chemaţi la un război duhovnicesc. Şi precum soldaţii au arme, aşa şi noi, soldaţii lui Hristos, trebuie să fim înarmaţi cu armele pe care Apostolul Pavel le numeşte astăzi „armele luminii” (Romani 13, 12). Iar armele pe care ni le recomandă Sfânta noastră Biserică în această perioadă sunt patru.

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– Prima armă este postul. Unii moderni spun că postul nu reprezintă nimic. L-au inventat preoţii şi episcopii ca să ţină poporul supus. Aceasta este o minciună. Postul este un aşezământ vechi. Este, precum zice Marele Vasilie, „de aceeaşi vârstă” cu omul, atât de vechi ca şi omul. Când Dumnezeu i-a făcut pe Adam şi pe Eva, le-a spus să mănânce din roadele tuturor pomilor din rai în afară de unul. Ei, asta nu înseamnă post? Dar, din nefericire, Adam şi Eva nu au păzit acest post uşor şi au fost pedepsiţi: „au fost izgoniţi din rai”, precum auzim astăzi în cântări. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Praying and fasting in our Orthodox Christian life…

We all understand how important prayer is for the spiritual life of an Orthodox Christian. But how are we to pray? Two forms of prayer are evident in the Orthodox Christian life: private prayers said at home and unified Church prayer. Each has certain special characteristics. Our Saviour gave instructions in the Gospel about private prayer: «When you pray, go into your room and shut the door, pray to your Father Who is in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you openly» (Mt.6:6). Of course, home prayers are basic to us. Prayer is deeply intimate and heartfelt. Everyone who has sincerely searched for heartfelt and moving prayer, knows well how easy and natural it is to pray in solitude, in silence and peace. Moreover, our Lord firmly warns us against hypocritical prayer done for show, to elicit praise from people.

When a Christian prays to God, he must strive to contemplate the words of the prayers which he reads, and to concentrate his thought on the content of the. Everyone knows how difficult it is to struggle against the pressure of outside thoughts and images which tiresomely besiege the person who is praying. This comes to us both from our personal distraction and from the indirect action of the evil-one. The task of a Christian is to apply all his powers to persistently shake off all these side thoughts (which are sometimes impure) that torment him, and to pray piously and with concentration. One should remember that an extra pressure of thoughts and images—often vile and blasphemous—comes to us directly from Satan, and the struggle of resisting these thoughts is a direct struggle against evil. Consequently, one receives great benefit from such a struggle. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Τελευταία έξοδος… Βλαντιμίρ Πούτιν

Οι Ελληνες πρωθυπουργοί ταξίδευαν πάντα πρώτα στην Ουάσιγκτον και μετά στην Μόσχα, αλλά σήμερα τα πράγματα έχουν αλλάξει. Οι δοκιμαζόμενες ΗΠΑ δεν είναι πλέον σε θέση να βοηθήσουν οικονομικά την Ελλάδα, ενώ το πετρέλαιο έχει δώσει στην Ρωσσία οικονομικές δυνατότητες που δεν είχε στο παρελθόν. Ο κ.Παπανδρέου αναζητά αγοραστές για τα ελληνικά ομόλογα και πρόσφατα άφησε να εννοηθεί ότι η Ελλάδα προσπαθεί να διαφοροποιήσει τις πηγές δανεισμού της. Θα βοηθήσει η Μόσχα τον Ελληνα πρωθυπουργό και την μοναδική χώρα του ΝΑΤΟ που αγοράζει ρωσσικά όπλα και με τι ανταλλάγματα;

Η ρωσσική ιστοσελίδα http://www.slon.ru που ειδικεύεται στις πολιτικές αναλύσεις, δημοσίευσε πρόσφατα ανταπόκριση του Δανιήλ Καππελίδη από την Αθήνα για την επίσκεψη του Γιώργου Παπανδρέου στην ρωσσική πρωτεύουσα που αρχίζει σήμερα, με τίτλο «Στη Μόσχα για φιλία και χρήμα» και υπότιτλο «Δεν αποκλείεται η διεξαγωγή διαπραγματεύσεων για την αγορά μέρους του ελληνικού χρέους».  Ακολουθούν τα κυριότερα σημεία της ανάλυσης: Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Πορεία θεραπείας: συ-ζυγία

Ο γάμος είναι μία πορεία πόνου. Η συντροφιά του άνδρα και της γυναίκας ονομάζεται συζυγία, δηλαδή κάτω από τον ίδιο ζυγό σηκώνουν κοινό φορτίο. Ο γάμος είναι συμπόρευση και συγκλήρωση στον πόνο, βεβαίως και στη χαρά. Από τη στιγμή που παντρεύεσαι, να θυμάσαι ότι μπορεί να πονέσεις, μπορεί να υποφέρεις, η ζωή σου θα είναι ένας σταυρός, αλλά ανθισμένος σταυρός. Θα έχει και τις χαρές του και τα χαμόγελά του και τις ομορφιές του. Όταν πάλι περνάς λιακάδες στη ζωή σου, να θυμάσαι τα λουλούδια που κρύβουν ένα σταυρό (όπως π.χ. η παπαρούνα η οποία έχει τέσσερα πέταλα με μαύρη βούλα προς το κέντρο σε σχήμα σταυρού). Έτσι και στη δική σου λιακάδα μπορεί να βγεί ένας σταυρός. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The True Faith in Christ

If someone should say that true faith is the correct holding and confession of correct dogmas, he would be telling the truth, for a believer absolutely needs the Orthodox holding and confession of dogmas. But this knowledge and confession by itself does not make a man a faithful and true Christian. The keeping and confession of Orthodox dogmas is always to be found in true faith in Christ. The knowledge of correct dogmas is in the mind, and it is often fruitless, arrogant, and proud… The true faith in Christ is in the heart, Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The First Week of Great Lent – Clean Monday… Redeeming the time

Wash yourselves, and ye shall be clean; put away the wicked ways from your souls before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17.learn to do well; diligently seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, consider the fatherless, and plead for the widow. 18.Come then, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: and though your sins be as scarlet, I will make them white as snow; and though they red like crimson, I will make them white as wool. 19.If then ye be willing, and obedient unto Me, ye shall eat the good of the land; 20.but if ye desire not, nor will obey me, the sword shall devour you, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.(Is 1:1-20, First Monday of Great Lent, the Sixth Hour)

Everyone needs to frequently wash. The accumulated grime of the day is unsightly, unpleasant and unhealthy. If we wash carefully, and ignore no dirty place, then we will be invigorated, and healthy, but if we ignore some place for a long time, that place will fester and cause us to be ill.

Great Lent is especially a time for careful washing. In us there may be wicked ways: thoughts, feelings, priorities and habits that are not immediately apparent, and are all displeasing to God. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Prayer of Saint Ephraim

O Lord and Master of my life,

Grant not unto me a spirit of idleness,

of discouragement,

of lust for power,

and of vain speaking.

But bestow upon me, Thy servant,

the spirit of chastity, Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »