Saturday, December 27, 2014

For the sisters

We nuns chose a life which is called: angelic.
   The angels are found in the Heavens; praising in hymns and serving the All-holy will of God.
   Therefore our life also is this:
   To praise in hymns and to serve the will of God.
   But how?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Nativity in modern time

                                            (From the weekly series "Dots on Letters")

   … The water is drifting the ship, with an enormous vigor, into the abyss of a deep waterfall, descending into the depth of the earth of perdition, and people on board are fighting, quarrelling and slaughtering one another!. They say it is “a fight for survival” which is nothing but foolishness! Absolute blindness!... What survival?! You have all departed or are departing! “Vanities of vanities, all is vanity. What advantage does a man have in all his labor, in which he toils under the sun?” (Ecc 1: 2-3)!... “Woe to us, because we sinned!” (Lam 5: 16), because we walked recklessly, in blindness… willingly. “Water flowed over my head” (Lam 3: 50)!. Who will deliver us from this body of death?! (Rm 7: 24)… All is falling into the deep!. There is nothing firm to hold on to!. The seas are hurling!. Will this night get to an end?!. A fall in the fall in the fall! Certainly!. He said: there is the one and only that is everlasting: “Love! .” “Love never fails” (1Co 13: 8)!. So there is hope for us!. This is the core, the essence!. This is the beginning and the end!. Love said: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end!.”

The Prayer of Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia

     This video is prepared by Saint John the Baptist Monastery for children to be acquainted with stories from the lives of Saints and Elders in the church of Christ. The stories are all in free translation form for educational purposes, with the preservation of the main message behind them. It is not to be used for commercial purposes in any form.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Question and Answer

   How can we live fully as Christians in this age and in these days?... (Iman, Najah, Gabriella and her children).

   The Lord said: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it, he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”(Mt 13: 44).

   Christianity is that Kingdom of Heaven which the Lord shows to us today hidden in a field, and the field is us, humans!!. The treasure is in us, children of God, or rather His servants by humility, love and our standing before Him asking for healing from our sins, and our fall from the proximity of the Lord, King of Heaven and Earth’s throne!!.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Others

Metropolitan Georges Khodr
An-Nahar Newspaper Αrticle
Saturday 15 November 2014

Translated at Saint John the Baptist Monastery, Douma, El Batroun, Lebanon
   I was asked to write an article entitled “The Others”… and I said: Who are the others? What difference is there between myself and others if I love them?!...  I do not seek anything but love. Love gives me understanding. You could remain hundreds of years arguing, because the intellect always separates people. When you love, you will recognize that you are one with the others, and that you do not need human reasoning to love. Love springs from the heart and hearts become connected. Walk towards the others and tell them: “Here I am!”, and they will accept you, because you moved towards them and they recognized you as a neighbor. If you abolish distances you will become one with them...