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The Ascetic Ideal and the New Testament: Reflections on the Critique of the Theology of the Reformation

The Ascetic Ideal and the New Testament: Reflections on the Critique of the Theology of the Reformation

A brother questioned Abba Adonias saying, 'What does it mean to become nothing? The old man said, 'It means to place oneself beneath the animals and to know that they are without blame' -Sayings of the Desert Fathers

A brother questioned Abba Adonias saying, 'What does it mean to become nothing? The old man said, 'It means to place oneself beneath the animals and to know that they are without blame' -Sayings of the Desert Fathers

St. Nectarios of Aegina. ...The day he reposed, the whole hospital was filled with such a fragrance that all the patients, nurses, and doctors would come out in the halls to ask where such a fragrance was coming from. For some days after, they could not use the room where they placed his relics because of the fragrance, even though they kept the windows opened, so strong was the fragrance. This room is now a chapel dedicated to the S...

St. Nectarios of Aegina. ...The day he reposed, the whole hospital was filled with such a fragrance that all the patients, nurses, and doctors would come out in the halls to ask where such a fragrance was coming from. For some days after, they could not use the room where they placed his relics because of the fragrance, even though they kept the windows opened, so strong was the fragrance. This room is now a chapel dedicated to the S...

How mistaken are those who seek happiness outside of themselves, in foreign lands and journeys, in riches and glory, in great possessions and pleasures,  which have a bitter end! Happiness is found within ourselves, and blessed is a man who understands this. Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the throne of God... (St. Nektarios of Aegina, Path to Happiness)

How mistaken are those who seek happiness outside of themselves, in foreign lands and journeys, in riches and glory, in great possessions and pleasures, which have a bitter end! Happiness is found within ourselves, and blessed is a man who understands this. Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the throne of God... (St. Nektarios of Aegina, Path to Happiness)

Orthodoxy is the most dynamically growing confession in Kenya, and mass baptisms in villages are not a rarity, including as many as fifty to seventy people at once.

Orthodoxy is the most dynamically growing confession in Kenya, and mass baptisms in villages are not a rarity, including as many as fifty to seventy people at once.

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica: “Love little things, and strive for that which is modest and simple. The Lord watches over us, and He is pleased that you long for His peace. Until the soul is ready, He will only sometimes allow us to see that He is present everywhere and fills all things. At these moments the soul feels such joy!… But then the Lord conceals Himself from us again, in order that we might long for Him and seek Him with our hearts!”

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica: “Love little things, and strive for that which is modest and simple. The Lord watches over us, and He is pleased that you long for His peace. Until the soul is ready, He will only sometimes allow us to see that He is present everywhere and fills all things. At these moments the soul feels such joy!… But then the Lord conceals Himself from us again, in order that we might long for Him and seek Him with our hearts!”

St. Isaac of Syria. + + + Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με + + + The Eastern Orthodox Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEasternOrthodox Pinterest The Eastern Orthodox: http://www.pinterest.com/easternorthodox/ Pinterest The Eastern Orthodox Saints: http://www.pinterest.com/easternorthodo2/

St. Isaac of Syria. + + + Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με + + + The Eastern Orthodox Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEasternOrthodox Pinterest The Eastern Orthodox: http://www.pinterest.com/easternorthodox/ Pinterest The Eastern Orthodox Saints: http://www.pinterest.com/easternorthodo2/

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