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Conscience: God’s Voice In Mankind

Bishop Alexander (Mileant) + 2005 On the nature of conscience Once an impoverished woman stole something in a store and carried it away. No one saw her. On her way home a disturbing feeling gnawed at her peace of mind. She had to return to the store and replace the stolen item, after which she…

CAN BISHOPS AND PRIESTS BE BUSINESSMEN? Can Hedonism and Priesthood Fuse?

(This article was previously published in orthododoxherald.com five years ago, and is now published with some revisions- Editor) -Kuriakos Tharakan Thottupuram, Ph.D., D.D. America is a free country, and a capitalistic nation. Freedom is the basic ingredient that provides the necessary incentive to promote happiness for citizens of a nation. Capitalism is an economic principle…

Confronting the Enemies of God

Dave Hunt In the time leading to the November elections and for months thereafter we will be subjected to a barrage of promises from politicians–promises, many of which will almost certainly not be kept. At the same time, atheists, who deny there is any purpose or meaning to life (but then what is the point…

EFFICACY OF PRAYERS FOR THE DEPARTED

Part I -Kuriakos Tharakan Thottupuram, Ph.D., D.D. Metropolitan Barnabas of Orthodox Syrian Church of the East in America officiated at a funeral in Chicago a few years ago, which this writer had the opportunity to participate in. Often, Metropolitan Barnabas is misunderstood as a speaker who is relatively unintelligible. But this funeral sermon was quite…

PERSONALITY TRAITS (TYPES A & B) AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES

By Nakkolackal V. L. Eapen According to William James, the Father of Modern Experimental Psychology, personality is the sum total of an individual’s behavior. Personality traits are, therefore, to be understood as behavioral patterns peculiar to a person or persons. Psychologists have broadly classified people, based on their personality traits, as being either Type A…

Why Russia Invaded Georgia: Payback Time From the Orthodox World to the West

BY FRANK SHAEFFER HUFFINGTON POST As Russia sees it, Bill Clinton turned the American Air Force into air support for an Islamic revolution against the Orthodox world. The attack against the Serbian homeland was an exercise of naiveté equivalent to bombing Vatican City then wondering why Roman Catholics might be upset and stay upset. Then…

Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God

BY NADEZHDA DMITRIEVA The histories of Moscow and of the icon of Vladimir Mother of God are eternally inseparable. How many times did the Mother of God save the capital city from enemies through the grace of her holy icon? This icon has linked Apostolic times to Byzantium, Kievan Rus’ to Vladimir Rus’, and later…

A New Chapter in the History of Our Church

By Father Zacchaeus Wood (An Interview) A talk with the official representative of the American Orthodox Church in Moscow, Archimandrite Zacchaeus Wood Father Zacchaeus, it is logical that for many in Russia the election of the young, I can say, not very well-known bishop as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America was a big…

Holy Hieromartyr Seraphim (Zvezdinsky)

Saint Seraphim (Nikolai Zvezdinsky) was born on April 7, 1883. Many years later he would often remember the words out of the Lenten Triodion read in church on the day he was born, My Son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways (Proverbs 23:26-27). In these words he saw foresaw his…

Confession — not a novel but a battle

“How should I tell the priest about my sins? Is a feeling of repentance indispensable during confession? After confession, should one expect a feeling of spiritual relief, or lightness of soul? These beginners’ questions often remain troublesome even for very experienced parishioners. Many of us are too fainthearted to “waste a priest’s time” with such…

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