Orthodox Thought for the Day


Monday, November 24, 2014

Road to Emmaus Journal

Beloved Readers,

Have you ever heard of Road to Emmaus journal?  It is an edifying Orthodox periodical comprised of some of the most interesting interviews on topics pertaining to the Orthodox Faith.  Every issue features somewhat amazing information gleaned from Orthodox Christians around the world.  In truth, Road to Emmaus is a one of a kind publication. 

Some of you may be familiar with Road to Emmaus journal’s American editor, Richard Betts and international editor, Mother Nectaria McLees.  Mother Nectaria is the author of the book, Evlogeite: A Pilgrim's Guide to Greece.  The same kind of attention to detail and highlights of interest found in A Pilgrim’s Guide are in every issue of Road to Emmaus journal.  That makes it a routinely great read!

Referred to by loyal readers as "an armchair pilgrimage"  and the "National Geographic of the Orthodox Christian World," I’m guessing you’ll want to take a few moments to check out this worthwhile publication:  http://www.roadtoemmaus.net/  Take a peek at some previous articles now on-line:  http://www.roadtoemmaus.net/back_articles.html.  Learn more about the journal’s creation and history through an interview with the overseas editor: http://www.roadtoemmaus.net/about_us_interview.html

And, now RTE Journal is offering a special for the upcoming Christmas holiday season.  Buy three subscriptions as gifts for your family and friends and receive a fourth for free—a great value!  Click here:  http://www.roadtoemmaus.net/subscriptions.html

If you’re looking to gift someone (or ones) with a meaningful present this Christmas, consider Road to Emmaus Journal.  It’s also a perfect gift for special occasions throughout the year (Name Days, birthdays, etc.)  The Journal is edifying and can be revisited or shared with others.  It might be just the gift you’re looking for!

Pres. Candace

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A home's adornment

For what is a disgrace to a house? I pray thee. It hath no couch of ivory, nor silver vessels, but all of earthenware and wood. Nay, this is the greatest glory and distinction to a house. For to be indifferent about worldly things, often occasions all a man’s leisure to be spent in the care of his soul.

When therefore thou seest great care about outward things, then be ashamed at the great unseemliness. For the houses of them that are rich most of all want seemliness. For when thou seest tables covered with hangings, and couches inlaid with silver, much as in the theatre, much as in the display of the stage, what can be equal to this unseemliness? For what kind of house is most like the stage, and the things on the stage? The rich man’s or the poor man’s? Is it not quite plain that it is the rich man’s? This therefore is full of unseemliness.

What kind of house is most like Paul’s, or Abraham’s? It is quite evident that it is the poor man’s. This therefore is most adorned, and to be approved. And that thou mayest learn that this is, above all, a house’s adorning, enter into the house of Zacchaeus, and learn, when Christ was on the point of entering therein, how Zacchaeus adorned it. For he did not run to his neighbors begging curtains, and seats, and chairs made of ivory, neither did he bring forth from his closets Laconian hangings; but he adorned it with an adorning suitable to Christ. What was this? “The half of my goods I will give,” he saith, “to the poor; and whomsoever I have robbed, I will restore fourfold” (Luke xix. 8).

On this wise let us too adorn our houses, that Christ may enter in unto us also. These are the fair curtains, these are wrought in Heaven, they are woven there. Where these are, there is also the King of Heaven. But if thou adorn it in another way, thou art inviting the devil and his company.
He came also into the house of the publican Matthew. What then did this man also do? He first adorned himself by his readiness, and by his leaving all, and following Christ.
So also Cornelius adorned his house with prayers and alms; wherefore even unto this day it shines above the very palace. For the vile state of a house is not in vessels lying in disorder, nor in an untidy bed, nor in walls covered with smoke, but in the wickedness of them that dwell therein. And Christ showeth it, for into such a house, if the inhabitant be virtuous, He is not ashamed to enter; but into that other, though it have a golden roof, He will never enter. So that while this one is more gorgeous than the palace, receiving the Lord of all, that with its golden roof and columns is like filthy drains and sewers, for it contains the vessels of the devil.  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

On misuse of wealth

I am often reproached for continually attacking the rich.  Yes, because the rich are continually attacking the poor.  But those I attack are not the rich as such, only those who misuse their wealth.  I point out constantly that those I accuse are not the rich but the rapacious. Wealth is one thing, covetousness another.  Learn to distinguish. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

How much does God love us?

God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love, and even more than we are able to love ourselves. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

On the naming of children

So let the name of the saints enter our homes through the naming of our children, to train not only the child but the father, when he reflects that he is the father of John or Elijah or James; for, if the name be given with forethought to pay honor to those that have departed, and we grasp at our kinship with the righteous rather than with our forebears, this too will greatly help us and our children. Do not because it is a small thing regard it as small; its purpose is to succour us. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

The wiles of the adversary

The enemy, understanding how the justice of the spiritual law is applied, seeks only the assent of our mind.  Having secured this, he will either oblige us to undergo the labors of repentance or, if we do not repent, will torment us with misfortunes beyond our control.  Sometimes he encourages us to resist these misfortunes so as to increase our torment, and then, at our death, he will point to this impatient resistance as proof of our lack of faith.