Ανακαλύφθηκε άγνωστο είδος αρχαίου δεινοσαύρου

Οι παλαιοντολόγοι ανακάλυψαν ένα νέο είδος μικρόσωμου αλλά άγριου δεινοσαύρου, που έζησε πριν από περίπου 230 εκατ. χρόνια, στην ύστερη Τριασική περίοδο, μια εποχή που άρχισαν να αναδύονται οι δεινόσαυροι, οι οποίοι έμελε να κυριαρχήσουν στον πλανήτη μας επί πολλές δεκάδες εκατομμύρια χρόνια στη συνέχεια. Πρόκειται για έναν από τους παλαιότερους δεινοσαύρους που έχουν ποτέ βρεθεί. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Γέροντας Νεκτάριος, όταν ο ουρανός μιλά από τις εκδόσεις Νεκτάριος Παναγόπουλος

Πάλεψα πολύ με τη σκέψη εάν θα έπρεπε να γράψω το παρόν βιβλίο… Για πολύ καιρό αυτό το εσωτερικό δίλημμά μου, έγινε και εναγώνιο αίτημα της ανάξιας προσευχής μου για να κατευθύνει Εκείνος τα βήματά μου σύμφωνα με το δικό Του θέλημα. Σιωπούσα και περίμενα…
Όσο σιωπούσα όμως, άκουγα γύρω μου «ως άλλους κεκραγότες λίθους», τις αληθινές ιστορίες των ανθρώπων που, «διηγούμενοι όσα εποίησε σε αυτούς ο Θεός», μαρτυρούσαν για όσα θαυμαστά σημεία έλαβαν απο τη χάρη του Θεού, διαμέσου του επιστήθιου σταυρού και των προσευχών του Γέροντα Νεκτάριου. Παράλυτη γυναίκα που σταύρωσε, σηκώθηκε και περπάτησε! Παιδί που δεν μιλούσε, μίλησε! Γυναίκες που για χρόνια είχαν παιδιά, τις σταύρωσε και απέκτησαν! Άνθρωποι ασθενείς με σωματικές και ψυχικές ασθένειες, θεραπεύονται με τη χάρη του Σταυρού! Σε κάποιους προείπε την ημέρα του θανάτου τους, ζητώντας τους να εξομολογηθούν και να κοινωνήσουν! Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Διάκριση λογισμών και πνευματικές καταστάσεις

1. Είπε γέρων: «Σήμερα κοιτάζουμε να αγιάσουμε με λίγο κόπο».

2. Είπε πάλι: «Όσο περισσότερο κοπιάζεις, τόσο περισσότερη χάριν και χαρά απολαμβάνεις. Και συνέχισε. Μπορούσε να πληρώσει την καρδιά μας ο Θεός με τόση μακαριότητα και αγάπη και θείον έρωτα, ώστε να πέσουμε κάτω, μην αντέχοντας αυτήν. Αλλά τότε θα εγκαταλείψουμε τα μοναστήρια και θα κλεινόμασταν στα σπήλαια. Οι κοσμικοί θα εγκατέλειπαν τις υποθέσεις τους και τις φροντίδες τις οικογένειας και τα παιδία τους. Για αυτό ο Θεός που είναι αγάπη, δεν μας πληροί με τέτοια αγάπη και θεία μακαριότητα». Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Venerable Schemamonk Cyril, the Father of St Sergius of Radonezh

Saint Cyril and his wife Maria were the parents of St Sergius of Radonezh (September 25). They belonged to the nobility, but more importantly, they were devout and faithful Christians who were adorned with every virtue.

When the child in Maria’s womb cried out three times in church during Liturgy, people were astonished. Although frightened at first, Maria came to see this event as a sign from God that her child would become a chosen vessel of divine grace. She and her husband agreed that if the child was a boy, they would bring him to church and dedicate him to God. This child, the second of their three sons, was born around 1314. He was named Bartholomew at his baptism.

Because of civil strife, St Cyril moved his family from Rostov to Radonezh when Bartholomew was still a boy.

Later, when their son expressed a desire to enter the monastic life, Sts Cyril and Maria asked him to wait and take care of them until they passed away, because his brothers Stephen and Peter were both married and had their own family responsibilities. The young Bartholomew obeyed his parents, and did everything he could to please them. They later decided to retire to separate monasteries, and departed to the Lord after a few years. It is believed that Sts Cyril and Maria both reposed in 1337.

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Venerable Schema-Nun Maria, the Mother of St Sergius of Radonezh

Saint Maria and her husband Cyril were the parents of St Sergius of Radonezh (September 25). They belonged to the nobility, but more importantly, they were devout and faithful Christians who were adorned with every virtue.

When the child in her womb cried out three times in church during Liturgy, people were astonished. Although frightened at first, Maria came to see this event as a sign from God that her child would become a chosen vessel of divine grace. She and her husband agreed that if the child was a boy, they would bring him to church and dedicate him to God. This child, the second of their three sons, was born around 1314. He was named Bartholomew at his baptism.

Because of civil strife, the family moved from Rostov to Radonezh when Bartholomew was still a boy.

Later, when their son expressed a desire to enter the monastic life, Sts Cyril and Maria asked him to wait and take care of them until they passed away, because his brothers Stephen and Peter were both married and had their own family responsibilities. The young Bartholomew obeyed his parents, and did everything he could to please them. They later decided to retire to separate monasteries, and departed to the Lord after a few years. It is believed that Sts Cyril and Maria both reposed in 1337.

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Give and it will be given back to you

by David Grier

Jesus said:

«Give and it will be given back to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.» (Luke 6:38)

This is so plain and direct that we often are tempted to doubt that our Lord meant it. A recent article in the Oprah Magazine (December 2000) illustrates an example of someone who lived her life by this and other biblical principles. The article is an interview with Maya Angelou, a 72 year old woman who had overcome poverty, a broken home, childhood rape, single parenting, and the difficulties of being black in America to become a successful performer, author, and teacher. Oprah, who knows Ms. Angelou well, made the observation that «people flock to your home because of your generosity. Generosity must be a life principle for you.»

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