A Journal of Orthodox Culture
9 Dec 2018 at 6:31am
by Hieromonk Athanasius (Deriugin)
Sometimes the trials and irritations of everyday life seem almost impossible to bear gracefully, and at such times we may wonder how it would be possible to endure a far more harsh and hostile environment, such as a Soviet Gulag.
Here, in excerp...
1 Dec 2018 at 3:06pm
by Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky)
The irreducible difference between Orthodox Christianity and the Western Confessions (Roman Catholicism and Protestantism) writes Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) is that the former understands Christianity as first ascetic effort and the latte...
24 Nov 2018 at 8:50pm
by Jane Clark Scharl
“What is hell?” Elder Zosima asks in Dosteovsky’s "The Brothers Karamazov." His answer draws from St Isaac the Syrian’s “Ascetic Homilies,” a book that Dostoevsky kept by his bedside: Hell is “the suffering of being no longer able to love.”
19 Nov 2018 at 6:47pm
by St. Paisos
“He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love” (I John 4:8). So explains St John, Beloved of Christ. Love is at the center of our Orthodox faith, and indeed as the epistle reminds us, at the center of being itself. Assembled here is a sele...
7 Nov 2018 at 10:58am
by Elder Cleopa of Romania
God speaks to man writes Elder Cleopa and His living voice is the means of His self-revelation to man. God’s word was first passed on orally and constitutes what we call Holy Tradition and only later written as scripture, both Old and New Testamen...
28 Oct 2018 at 6:37pm
by Hieromonk Gabriel
Many are familiar with the celebrated “boiled frog” fable (real frogs are smarter than this) in which the amphibian is placed in a beaker of water that is gradually heated until the animal is boiled alive. Even though it could easily leap to freed...
20 Oct 2018 at 11:39pm
by Zoya Zhalnina
I have to do things as they do, go through the same troubles. I have to be strong enough to comfort them and inspire by my own example. I’m neither intelligent nor gifted, I have nothing but love for Christ, but I’m weak. We can only express our l...
11 Oct 2018 at 6:53am
by Alexei Osipov
The essence of any religion is contained in the spiritual life, which is its most sacred side. Entry into this life demands not only good intentions, but also knowledge of the laws of spiritual life. But to acquire this knowledge in an age of sp...
1 Oct 2018 at 8:08am
by Mary Lowell
We suffer an age of redoubled iconoclasm. It is not the image-smashing of Constantinople, the Reformation’s rage against papist altars in Germany, nor the vandal-piety of Vatican II that plunders its own treasures. It is a militant renovation of t...
25 Sep 2018 at 9:11am
by Thomas Traherne
Thomas Traherne was a seventeenth century Anglican priest originally known as one of the less prominent "metaphysical poets," although he was until recently overshadowed by figures such as John Donne and George Herbert. As a simple country priest,...