The characteristics of pride One of the foremost experts on the depths of the human spirit, St. Isaac the Syrian, says in his 41st homily: “The one who has come to a realization of his sin is higher than the one who raises the dead through prayer; whoever has been able to see his own… Continue reading On Pride: The Demonic Stronghold
By Hieromonk Fr. Alexis (Trader) Many sincere Christians have experienced distracting thoughts or even bad thoughts during prayer and are naturally distressed when this happens. After all, their intention is to communicate with God, not to talk to themselves about things mundane or even worse! Some have become so discouraged by such thoughts that they… Continue reading Distractions During Prayer and the Place of the Heart
By Fr. Alexis (Trader) In our fast-paced society that prizes productivity and efficiency, procrastination is clearly a problem that can sabotage career and advancement. In a world preoccupied with high stress and low self-esteem, procrastination can be a serious issue contributing to more frequent physical illness as well mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.… Continue reading The Problem of Procrastination
by Archpriest George Morelli Antiochian Archdiocese Ministry of Counseling. There is a deep chasm between genuine and sincere concern for the problems that beset others versus undue personal disturbance. One of the major disaffirmative consequences of an undue concern for others’ problems is that we are not able to focus on fostering our own healthy… Continue reading Undue Concern over Others’ Problems
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