The lesson of love can never be taught simply by words . . . Rather, it is taught by truly giving yourself and communicating the love and longing for Christ to those you serve. . . . How awesome and dignified is Christian service! And how good is the trustworthy and loyal servant who can say along with Christ, Learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart (Matt. 11:29). This book is essential and inspiring reading for all who would devote their lives to the service of Christ and His Church.
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Our relationship with God is personal as well as communal. Jesus is personal as well as cosmic. God is imminent as well as transcendent. He is the God of persons: The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Much has been written about the communal, liturgical aspect of Orthodoxy. Drawing upon the rich resources of Sacred [...]
The gospel of the second mile represents pro-active Christianity; it grants the one who follows it excellent spiritual energy through joy, love, faith, courage, and sacrifice through serving others.It protects such a person from being passive, selfish, fearful, worried, mean spirited, deprived, and frustrated.
St. John Chrysostom wrote two letters to his friend Theodore, who along with St. John and his friend Basil, committed to a life of celibacy and spiritual living; however, Theodore was unable to keep his commitments and later fell into lustful passions and strayed quite afar off from godliness. These letters are St. John’s heartfelt [...]
This spiritual classic was written by Lorenzo Scupoli, a sixteenth-century Venetian priest. Immensely popular in its own day, it was ranked by Francis de Sales with the Imitation of Christ. In the general rapport between Western and Eastern Christendom, it reached Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, who first recognized its immense spiritual worth, and later, [...]