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To Be Saved

December 26, 2011 by  
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by St. Nikolai Velimirovich Although this may seem odd or simplified to unbelievers, St. Nikolai is speaking to believing Orthodox Christians. Unbelievers would not understand anyway. Although the Holy Fathers praised monasticism as the angelic state, and although many of the greatest saints lived their lives and attained perfection in the deaf and lifeless desert, nevertheless, the Orthodox Church does not recommend tonsuring to all the faithful. “Neither all those in the desert were saved nor all those in the world were lost,”  [Read more...]

The Objective Danger of Holiness

February 10, 2011 by  
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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon One of the stories that have proved troubling to students of Holy Scripture over the years is the account of Uzzah, who stretched forth his hand to steady the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark, we recall, was being carried by ox cart in order to be installed at David’s projected new shrine at Jerusalem. Some obstacle, however, perhaps a bump in the road, caused the oxen to lurch, nearly upsetting the cart and putting the Ark in  [Read more...]