Articles

On Spiritual Healing and Legalism

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Many of us come to Orthodoxy broken and wounded - having lived in the world as prodigals outside of the house of God, we indulged in all kinds of sin, went down any and every dead-end searching for something that would point to some kind of meaning. In Orthodoxy we find the healing for these scars and wounds that we have accumulated. Christ the Saviour sa[...]

Beginnings

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"Restless soul this place will never be your home, and if you wanna have it all, you've gotta let it all go." Modern Life Is War, The Outsiders It's taken me an honest while to see certain things; hopefully one day the picture will be even clearer. Anyways, my name's Ephraim, and I'm a college kid that lives about twenty minutes south of Memphis, Tenne[...]

Leave the Vanity of This World

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The other day, I found these sobering words from St. Feofil, Hieroschemamonk of the Kiev-Caves Lavra. I was completely struck. I wish to share with all readers these same words that affected me so much. May they be a preservation against falling into the vain things of this world, and a sure guide along the narrow path. "Leave the vanity of this world for[...]

Arriving at the Last True Rebellion

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 "...Escape from brainwashed minds and pollution. Leave the earth to all its sin and hate, find another world where freedom waits..." -Black Sabbath, Into the Void I was born into brokenness. I have never known the type of family you read about in books or see in movies. My parents were both very young and separated before I took my first breath of air.[...]

From Revolution to Restoration

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When I was quite young, my mother abandoned my younger sister, kid brother and I for a life of Drug Addiction, and just a few years later my father began his new life with his second wife and her children.  Being so young, I could understand very little of what was transpiring, but I did know that I was living in a broken home. The burden of three little one[...]

Our Ascent is Unending

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"'I seek for truth.'  Happy is he who places the accent on the last word: 'Truth.'  It is far worse with those who proudly emphasize the word 'seek,' and are full of vanity because of their position among those continually tending towards truth - 'Ever learning and never attaining to the knowledge of the truth.'" (2 Tim. 3:7) +Fr. Alexander Yelchaninov, F[...]

The Start

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I was not raised in the Christian faith. My mother can take an online quiz and it tells her that she is "a believer." And to this day, I have no idea what my father believes about religion in general. As a child, I read the nativity story on Christmas as we sat around with extended family. This only happened a few times. And other than that, my early childho[...]

The Opening of the Senses

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By Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov Printed in Issue 6* PEOPLE become capable of seeing spirits by a certain alteration of the senses, which is accomplished in a way that is unnoticeable and inexplicable to a person. He only notes in himself that he has suddenly begun to see what before this he had not seen and what others do not see, and to hear what before[...]

Saint Febronia: Beauty Bathed in Blood

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The following is a true account of a woman who gave her life for the sake of truth and for God. On the 25th of June in the year 305 AD this woman suffered the greatest torture ever imaginable and this we warn the reader that what they are about to experience might be shocking or upsetting. Please understand that those who love the truth don’t fear what peopl[...]

Overdose

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From Issue 4 part one: Monk Ephraim In the year of 1425 a monk was taken captive and tortured to death in his monastery in Greece for being a Christian. He was slowly tortured to death over a period of a year. After each episode his wounds were allowed to heal, and then he was subjected tonew and worse punishments. Finally they executed him. He was hun[...]