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St Thomais patron saint against adultery

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Having trouble staying faithful in your marriage?  Maybe you are getting tempted to stray?  Adulterous passion is a hard feeling to overcome.  That’s why you have to start praying to the saint of the day, St. Thomais.  Thomais was born ...

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St Mary of Egypt

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Thanks to Nektarios Thanos for this reflection. The Memory of the Blessed Mary the Egyptian 6 April 2014 “… her many sins have been remitted, because she loved greatly” Luke 7, 47. On the Fifth Sunday of Lent, the Church honours ...

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The Desert

Three Greek female artists collaborated to create a land installation in the Red Sea. The desert is a trope that has inspired many artists not just monastics.

O God, my God, early at dawn I rise to you. My soul thirsts for you; my flesh longs for you in a land that is barren, untrodden and unwatered.  Psalm 62 (63).   The Desert. Death Valley. No man’s land. The ...

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The Importance of Being

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The Orthodox Way emphasizes silence.  Of Mother Gavrillia in the collection of anecdotes from her life compiled by her spiritual children it was said that in the late evening, just about the time when the sun goes down, the “apogeuma” ...

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My Spiritual Diet: How Difficult to Change

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I have been on a diet for the last 35 years.  In fact, when I think about it, my efforts at losing weight parallel my attempts to achieve a spiritual life.  The two efforts are both exercises in ascetic self-control.  ...

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