September 2011

“It is possible to know the faith well and be zealous for it, but in actual life to serve the passions, to dress, that is, in the shameful clothes of a sin-loving soul.

– St. Theophan the Recluse

Hat tip: Holy Theophany Bulletin


Elder Sofian Boghiu of Antim Monastery in Romania. This Elder spent fifteen years in labor camps under the Communist yoke. He has something to tell us…

Hat tip: Ramona

"Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all nations..."

“Often overlooked … is the great missionary tradition of the Eastern body of Christendom. Missions, as a proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ to all creation, have always played an integral role in the very essence of the Orthodox church. Certainly, there have existed periods when the Orthodox have been less active in fulfilling the Great Commission (Mt 28:18-20). But often, these lapses can be attributed to adverse historical conditions rather than indifference. In fact, a host of missionary figures throughout the centuries have carried on the apostolic zeal of proclaiming the gospel to all peoples.”

– Veronis, “Missionaries, Monks and Martyrs”