Penance with our whole heart: nothing more, nothing less

They asked Abba Sisoes, ‘If a brother sins, surely he must do penance for a year?’ He replied, ‘That is a hard saying.’ The visitors said, ‘For six months?’ He replied, ‘That is a great deal.’ They said, ‘For forty days? ‘He said, ‘That is a great deal, too. ‘They said to him, ‘What then? If a brother falls, and the agape is about to be offered, should he simply come to the agape, too? ‘The old man said to them, ‘No, he needs to do penance for a few days. But I trust in God that if such a man does penance with his whole heart, God will receive him, even in three days.’

From ‘Gerontikon’

The Saints and the animals: “Pacify yourself and heaven and earth will be pacified for you” (Abba Isaac) – Part 1

The relationship of men towards animals perhaps should be presented under the prism of the creation of the world. We specifically read in Genesis, “and God created the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the animals after their kind and all that creep on the earth after their kind and God saw that it was good (Gen 1:25).  Continue reading “The Saints and the animals: “Pacify yourself and heaven and earth will be pacified for you” (Abba Isaac) – Part 1″

Orthodoxy’s Worship: The Sanctification of the Entire World

By Protopresbyter George Metallinos

The objective of ecclesiastical worship is the sanctification of the entire world. Man’s life is sanctified, but so is the environment that surrounds him. Within the boundaries of worship, Man is projected in Christ as the master and the king of Creation, who is called upon to refer himself, along with Creation, to the Creator – the source of their existence and sanctification.

Continue reading “Orthodoxy’s Worship: The Sanctification of the Entire World”

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑