By Robert K. Arakaki +++St. Irenaeus is considered by many to be the greatest Christian theologian of the second century. Irenaeus is well known for Against the Heretics—a theological classic in which he defended the Christian Faith against the heresy of gnosticism. He was a third-generation Christian, a disciple of Polycarp, disciple of the Apostle… Read More IRENAEUS OF LYONS: Contending for the Faith Once Delivered
Just before Christ’s Ascension, He stood with His disciples on the Mount of Olives and said that His Gospel would spread and take root not only in Jerusalem and Judea, but also in Samaria and even to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8). God was the God of all men, and there… Read More St. Aidan of Lindisfarne By Archpriest Lawrence R. Farley +++
If God is slow in answering your request, or if you ask but do not promptly receive anything, do not be upset, for you are not wiser than God. –St. Isaac of Syria
Seraphim at Ancient Church tells of a passage he’s read from Elder Paisios. In it Serephim quotes: One section that caught my interest was on justice, and specifically on human justice as opposed to divine justice. We like to think that justice is a constant, but the Elder is clear that one is better than… Read More Divine Justice
Today will probably see a lot of posts on St John in the Orthodox Blogsphere. Here is a good post from Fr Joseph at Orthodixie on today date.
i’m going to try and start a weekend posting project. I’ve yet to come up with a clever title. (if you can think of a clever title, please send it my way) For both Saturday and Sunday I’ll post a brief bio and/or teaching from a saint of the Church. This way we can maybe… Read More St John of Damascus and Icons
One cannot love without suffering. The greatest pain is that of loving to the utmost. Christ loved so much that He gave Himself up to a terrible death. The saints too. Paradise always costs this price. Prayer for the world is the fruit of extremely deep and acute suffering. Mother Gavrilia Papayanni See also my… Read More Some More Wisdom from Mother Gavrilla
Theron Matthis at “Sword in the Fire” is blogging through St John Climacus’ Ladder of Divine Ascent. It’s a nice summation for those unfamiliar with the book.
I had a previous post once where I quoted Mother Gavrilla, a nun who i highly respect. Here is a short excerpt from her life. From OrthodoxWiki: “The Gerontissa Gabrielia (Gavrielia) was born in Constantinople (Konstantinoupoli or Istanbul) more than a hundred years ago on October 2/15, 1897 to Helias and Victoria Papayanni(s), was the… Read More The Life of Mother Gavrilla
The following is from Symeon’s Journal on Orthodoxy in Japan. Really fascinating stuff. The son of a samurai and son-in-law of a Shinto priest, Takama Sawabe was a fierce Japanese nationalist. He hated Christianity and all foreign influences in his country. One day he angrily confronted the Orthodox Christian missionary to Japan, a Russian priest-monk… Read More Orthodoxy in Japan