Reflections


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Nov 2023

DAILY REFLECTION  •  SEPTEMBER 15  •  Greatmartyr Nikitas the Goth REFLECTION God is not mocked (Galatians 6:7). God either punishes the mockers in order to correct them or He converts them into that which they had mocked. Initially, St. Porphyrius was famous among the pagans as a mocker of Christianity. On one occasion, he was mocking the Christian Mystery of Baptism before Emperor Julian the Apostate and his retinue. But something totally unexpected happened. When Porphyrius immersed himself in the water and pronounced the words of baptism in the name of the......

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Nov 2023

DAILY REFLECTION  •  SEPTEMBER 16  •  Greatmartyr Euphemia the All-praised REFLECTION Often unexpected misfortune befalls us, and in vain we ask “why?” The Church of Christ alone knows how to explain the cause of every misfortune. The Church basically classifies misfortunes into two groups. Some misfortunes befall the sinner because of old, unrepented sins. Other misfortunes assault the righteous and serve, according to the words of St. John Chrysostom, “as a means of receiving a wreath, as was the case with Lazarus and Job.” The Empress Eudocia secretly agreed with the Eutychian......

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Nov 2023

DAILY REFLECTION  •  SEPTEMBER 22  •  Hieromartyr Phocas, Bishop of Sinope REFLECTION When a man clearly senses God’s mercy toward him, he is startled, as from a dull and senseless dream, and becomes ashamed of his long blindness to God’s unceasing compassion. In the time of Emperor Justinian, the chief imperial tax collector in Africa was a certain Peter, a very wealthy but very hard and merciless man. The beggars grumbled among themselves, that not one of them had ever received alms from Peter. Then, one of them bet that he would......

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Nov 2023

DAILY REFLECTION  •  SEPTEMBER 23  •  Conception of St. John the Baptist REFLECTION He who gives to the poor, gives to Christ. This is the meaning of the evangelical teaching, which was confirmed in the experience of the saints. Peter the Merciful, after he repented, began to give alms to the poor wherever the opportunity presented itself. On one occasion, a shipwrecked man who had barely saved his naked body from the wreck, met Peter and begged him for some clothing. Peter removed his costly dolman and clothed the naked man with......

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Nov 2023

DAILY REFLECTION  •  SEPTEMBER 24 Holy Protomartyr Thecla, Equal-to-the-Apostles • Holy New Martyrs of Alaska REFLECTION Every saint is close to the place where he is invoked for help, or where his sanctity is commemorated and glorified. Those who are clairvoyant see the saints. If those who are not clairvoyant truly believe, they will see them in due time. Even as a young monk, St. Cosmas of Zographou had this gift. Once, on the Feast of the Annunciation, he went with several other monks to the Monastery of Vatopedi for this, their......

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Nov 2023

DAILY REFLECTION  •  SEPTEMBER 25  •  Repose of St. Sergius, Abbot and Wonderworker of Radonezh REFLECTION A saint does not shine outwardly. All of his riches are within, in his soul. A peasant came from afar to the monastery to see St. Sergius. When he asked the monks for the abbot, they told him he was working in the garden. The peasant went to the garden, and there saw a man in poor, ragged clothes, digging like any other peasant on a farm. The peasant returned to the monastery dissatisfied, thinking that......

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Nov 2023

DAILY REFLECTION  •  SEPTEMBER 26  •  Repose of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian REFLECTION Thus writes the Apostle James: Let him know, that he who converts the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins (James 5:20). The apostles of Christ did not simply speak thus, but confirmed it by their work. St. Clement of Alexandria relates that, somewhere in Asia Minor, St. John the Apostle had baptized a pagan youth and entrusted him to the care......

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Nov 2023

DAILY REFLECTION  •  SEPTEMBER 28  •  Venerable Chariton the Confessor, Abbot of Palestine REFLECTION In guiding the dispensation of this world, and especially of His Holy Church, God often makes unexpected moves, and changes the evil destiny of His servants to the good. This occurred many times in the life of St. Chariton. Following cruel tortures, Chariton was thrown into prison and was promised certain death. Then, Emperor Aurelian died unexpectedly, and the new emperor freed the Christian captives. Thus, Chariton escaped death. Then, when he was traveling to Jerusalem, robbers seized......

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Nov 2023

DAILY REFLECTION  •  SEPTEMBER 29  •  Venerable Cyriacus the Hermit, of Palestine REFLECTION In ignorance, many people labor more to avoid suffering in old age and terminal illness than to avoid the torments of hell in the life after old age and death. Such was the case of an unmarried and avaricious man who, from year to year, and with ever greater passion, amassed for himself unnecessary wealth. When asked why he strove so much to pile up excess wealth he replied: “I am gathering it for my old age. This wealth......

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Nov 2023

DAILY REFLECTION  •  SEPTEMBER 21  •  Apostle Quadratus of the Seventy REFLECTION If only we begin with the firm intention to live according to God’s law, we need not be afraid of any assaults by unreasonable men. For he who truly begins to live according to God’s law finds that all things done to him by men happen for his benefit, and to the glory of God. One especially need not fear being compelled to move from a place that he loves to a place that he doesn’t care for. Instead of......

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