Tag: Stillness

What Palamas Can Teach Us About Trolls
Christian Practice

What Palamas Can Teach Us About Trolls

български |  ქართული | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски Internet trolling has, unfortunately, become commonplace even in Christian circles. While at times these trolls are known individuals who get a rise out of provoking anger and controversy, the present trend includes anonymous social media accounts using profile photos of holy images, while spewing responses that…

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Night Vigil for Insomniacs
Christian Practice

Night Vigil for Insomniacs An Ancient Christian Practice and an Aid during Sleeplessness

The stress of 2020 through the present has caused many, including myself, to lose sleep. I cannot count the number of nights I have laid awake for more than an hour, and I often don’t fall back asleep until minutes before my alarm is set to go off. One sleepless night, I remembered a spiritual…

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Encouragement from the Desert Mothers in Troubling Times
Church History, Women in the Church

Encouragement from the Desert Mothers in Troubling Times

български | Ελληνικά | Română | Русский “In the morning, while it was still very dark, Jesus got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed” (Mark 1:35). Jesus may have prayed about several of the things that worry us today: the feeling that the world has been overrun by elements…

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The Value of Nothing: Lessons from COVID-19 on Silence and Stillness
Christian Practice

The Value of Nothing: Lessons from COVID-19 on Silence and Stillness

ελληνικά | ру́сский  I’ve always admired the early monks and nuns of the desert literature. Not because they discovered ways of escaping the reality of paying taxes. Not only because their words were inspirational and their prayer transformative. And not primarily because they withstood the power of the empire and the test of time. But…

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