Reasons Why the Filioque Should Be Maintained

by Marc A. Pugliese [for more articles on this subject see ] The point of the filioque is that the Son is also the source of the Holy Spirit along with the Father. The Holy Spirit receives the divine essence not only from the Father, but also from the Son. In the West it […]

The Filioque: What Is at Stake?

 Avery Dulles, S.J.  (CONCORDIA THEOLOGICAL QUARTERLY, Volume 59: Numbers 1-2) The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, together with the Apostles’  Creed and the Athanasian Creed, is one of the “three chief symbols” recognized in the Lutheran Book of Concord. In many churches, including the Roman Catholic, the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed (which will henceforth be called simply the Nicene Creed) […]

Our Main Problem in the Church, Society, and in the West Overall

    Since I live in America, I see that American Christians overall have a problem. The problem is as “rugged individuals” we have bought into the idea of separating “faith/religion” from the rest of society and life, whether it be government, politics, the work place etc. The following little excerpt addresses what is wrong […]

What are Icons?

[I find Icons beautiful, acceptable, and as great educational tools. My house is full of icons. I do not advocate “venerating” them to the extent some Eastern Orthodox do. It almost borders on idolatry for some – RAS] The word Icon, which derives from the Greek word “Eikon”, is a religious work of art primarily in Eastern Orthodox […]

Faith, Truth and Temperance

by Christopher Salamy “These three things God requires of all the baptized: right faith in the heart, truth on the tongue, temperance in the body.” — St. Gregory the Theologian We are all striving to be good people, to truly live as God’s children; but there are challenges that accompany our lives. How do I […]

Guard Your Conscience

"Let us stand firm in the fear of God, rigorously practicing the virtues and not giving our conscience cause to stumble. In the fear of God let us keep our attention fixed within ourselves, until our conscience achieves its freedom. Then there will be a union between it and us, and thereafter it will be […]

True Faith, Hope, and Trust

by John of Kronstadt Faith is the key of God’s treasury. She dwells in simple, kind, loving hearts.  “All things are possible to him that believeth.” Faith is a spiritual mouth, the more freely it opens the greater the stream by which the Divine springs enter into it; let this mouth freely open, as your bodily […]

Keep Your Mind in Hell and Despair Not

A Word of God for Our Generation by Archimandrite Zacharias Zakharou Christ is the sign of God to men of every age, and his way is the only true one which leads to the eternal Kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. When the Jews erroneously asked Jesus for […]

The Prayer of Ephraim the Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life, a spirit of idleness, despondency, ambition, and idle talking give me not. Prostration. But rather a spirit of chastity, humble-mindedness, patience, and love bestow upon me Thy servant. Prostration. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my failings and not condemn my brother; for blessed art […]

Wisdom Hard to Practice

You are angry with your neighbor, your brother, and say of him: "He is such and such – a miser, malicious, proud," or that he has done this and that, and so on. What is that to you? He sins against God, and not against you. God is his Judge, not you: unto God he […]

Our Redemption in Christ

[The Gospel in a great Nutshell if I may say !!! RAS] by Fr John Romanides Christ saves men, who have fallen through their own fault into the power of the devil, by breaking that power. He became Man for this purpose; He lived and died and rose again that He might break the chains […]