Why Christianity should not change with the times

In the following text Saint Theophan the Recluse explains why Christianity should not change with the times… Continue reading “Why Christianity should not change with the times”

Modern Loneliness and Staying Put

Fr. Stephen Freeman

In monastic tradition, a monk makes four vows: poverty, chastity, obedience and stability. Most people are familiar with the first three but not with the fourth. In classical monastic practice it meant that a monk stayed put: he did not move from monastery to monastery. It was not a new idea. Before this vow was formalized in various Rules, there was already the saying from the Desert: “Stay in your cell and your cell will teach you everything.” Continue reading “Modern Loneliness and Staying Put”

Christ’s Passion Overcomes Death

When Christians talk about death, they don’t do so with pessimism, they aren’t resigned to it, they don’t think it natural. They see it principally as an enemy which must be defeated through Christ. ‘The last enemy to be destroyed is death, (I Cor. 15, 26); ‘The Word became flesh’ (Jn. 1, 14); ‘that he might destroy him who holds the dominion of death, that is, the devil’ (Heb. 2, 14). Continue reading “Christ’s Passion Overcomes Death”

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