Reflections


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Jul 2020

DAILY REFLECTION  •  JULY 23  •  Martyrs Trophimus, Theophilus, and 13 others in Lycia REFLECTION The great teachers of the Church endeavored to teach men great truths, not only by words but also by obvious examples. Thus Abba Isaiah, in order to teach the monks, said that no one would receive a reward from God who, in this life did not labor for God, brought his disciples to a threshing floor where a farm laborer gathered the winnowed wheat. “Give me some wheat also!” said Isaiah to the farm hand. “Did you......

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Jul 2020

DAILY REFLECTION  •  JULY 22 Holy Myrrhbearer and Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene REFLECTION “Blessed are they that mourn” (Matthew 5:4), said the Lord. Blessed are they who mourn asking for the Kingdom of God. Blessed are they who mourn suffering for the Faith in Christ. Blessed are they that mourn repenting of their sins. There can be no true repentance without tears. With what shall we wash away our sins if not through tears or through blood, the blood of martyrdom? The monks of Nitria sent a petition to St. Macarius the Great......

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Jul 2020

DAILY REFLECTION  •  JULY 21  •  Holy Prophet Ezekiel REFLECTION For the sake of his fellow man, St. Simeon left his only friend in the world, his peaceful cell in the wilderness, and made himself out to be a “fool for Christ”. It is told how the Spartan King Lycerges, made great sacrifices for the benefit of his fellow citizens. He issued strict laws, instituting a completely new system of educating the young and instituting order in the State. When he issued these laws, he said to his fellow citizens that he......

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Jul 2020

DAILY REFLECTION  •  JULY 20  •  HOLY PROPHET ELIJAH REFLECTION Writing about the life of his sister St. Macrina, St. Gregory of Nyssa hesitates to enumerate her miracles, saying: “…that I may not be responsible for the sin of unbelief among weak men.” His term for those who do not believe is “weak.” Truly, there is nothing weaker than a man without faith. The man without faith believes in the power of dead things and dead elements of nature, but does not believe in the power of God or of men of......

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Jul 2020

DAILY REFLECTION  •  JULY 18  •  Martyr Emilian of Silistria in Bulgaria REFLECTION Which is more pleasing to God: a life of asceticism in the wilderness, or works of mercy? Men of prayer in the wilderness think that man, living among men, will find it difficult to safeguard the purity of the heart and to direct the mind toward God–no matter how many good works he performs.  Yet those who do good works among men say that the man in the wilderness is totally occupied with his own salvation, and does not......

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Jul 2020

DAILY REFLECTION  •  JULY 17 Greatmartyr Marina (Margaret) of Antioch in Pisidia REFLECTION Until Christ becomes all for the soul completely all which generally has a certain permanent and unchanging value, until then, man cannot enter into suffering for Christ. How could St. Marina the fifteen-year-old girl enter into suffering for Christ? For to her, Christ was all completely all! How could Saint Julitta have rejoiced upon seeing her three year old son Cyriacus dead for the Faith of Christ? Again, for her, Christ was all completely all. Behold, how St. Tikhon......

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Jul 2020

DAILY REFLECTION  •  JULY 16  •  Hieromartyr Athenogenes, Bishop of Heracleopolis and his ten disciples REFLECTION The Ecumenical Councils are the greatest battles of Orthodoxy with heretics. Under today’s date (Note: The Church celebrates the memory of the Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils on the Sunday that falls between July 13-19), the Church jointly commemorates the first Six Ecumenical Councils: The First Ecumenical Council in Nicea, 325 A.D. with 318 holy fathers participating. This Council is commemorated separately on May 29 and on the Seventh Sunday after Easter. This Council......

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Jul 2020

DAILY REFLECTION  •  JULY 15 Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir, Enlightener of the Russian Lands REFLECTION Hospitality is respected in other faiths but Christianity emphasized hospitality as an obligation and responsibility. On the other hand, gratitude for hospitality is no less an obligation and responsibility for Christians. He who learns to be grateful to men for hospitality will know how to be grateful even to God for hospitality. For what are we here on earth except as guests of God? What are angels in heaven except as guests of God. The story......

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Jul 2020

DAILY REFLECTION  •  JULY 14  •  Apostle Aquila of the Seventy REFLECTION Christians must arm themselves against the abominations of this world. They must be armed against every attack and against all temptations, so that every evil rebounds from them. Armor is not made in a day, nor in two days but is diligently and laboriously wielded by long-lasting exercise. Of what value is all our virtue if we succumb to the first abomination? Speaking of this, Saint Gregory of Nyssa cites an example with a monkey in Alexandria. He says: “An......

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Jul 2020

DAILY REFLECTION  •  JULY 13  •  Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel REFLECTION A man adorns simple clothing and ornate clothing adorns a man. Simple clothing calls attention to the man, but ornate clothing calls attention to itself. The passion for ornate clothing simply drains and withers the soul of man. This is the real reason why the Church from time immemorial stood against opulence in dress and recommended the simple and plain. Among the countless Christian saints there is no mention of one for whom ornate clothing helped to attain sanctity. Many......

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