I’ve noticed that there doesn’t seem to be a good and up-to-date list anywhere on the web of Orthodox Christian charities. And I don’t often remember hearing the work of Orthodox Christian charities out there being publicised at Orthodox churches I’ve attended. And that’s a pity, because there are wonderful Orthodox charities out there that need… Read More Orthodox Christian Charities
Today’s icon follows the theme of the last post in being another icon of Christ Pantocrator [meaning Almighty, ‘Pas’ being Greek for ‘all’, and ‘Kratos’ being Greek for ‘mighty’]. This is the oldest known icon of ‘Christ the Almighty’, dating back to the sixth century AD. What you notice immediately about this icon is that Christ has… Read More Great Orthodox Christian Quotations: Part Two – Others’ Sins
There are so many wonderful, heart-warming, and enlightening Orthodox quotations that I come upon scattered across the web, posted on Facebook groups, shared as memes, mentioned in articles, featured on websites. I’m sure there are some webpages collecting some of them, but I think there is room for more! So I am here beginning an ongoing… Read More Great Orthodox Christian Quotations: Part One
I had a revelation today. Thinking, while walking to the supermarket, my world turned upside-down! I’ve struggled with self-image for a long time. I remember being about twelve and my friends held a voting competition on who had the nicest hair. No-one voted for my hair, which hurt, but what hurt more was that my friends… Read More Rejecting Society’s Idea of Beauty
Reblogged from: ‘Guarding the mind- Knocking on the Door of the Heart To guard the mind requires that we know Christ’s presence in our heart. Once we know this presence, we can bring our innocent thoughts to Christ. But first, our heart needs to be opened. Until it is open, Fr. Dimitru Staniloae says, we… Read More ‘Guarding the mind- Knocking on the Door of the Heart.’ Such a wonderful & helpful short article I wanted to share it.
However much we might like drama and unpredictability in novels or films or TV shows, most of us want peace and reliability in the relationships in our lives. Yet, from time to time, something happens that rocks and shakes a relationship (whether with a family member, or a friend, or a spouse, or a boyfriend/girlfriend),… Read More What can we learn from relationships going wrong?
One of the worst feelings in the world is having wasted time. The more time wasted, the worse it feels. It’s a sinking, miserable, polluted, grumpy feeling. And it seems to get worse as one get older – as time goes faster and gets more precious and the list of useful things you could/should have done… Read More The Speed of Life
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about Orthodox Christianity or Orthodox Christian monasticism, this video is a great insight 🙂 From The Little Mountain One of my friends sent it to me yesterday, and I thought it was so beautiful, and the glimpse into the life it portrays so different and compelling, that –… Read More From The Little Mountain: Orthodox Christian Monasticism
This certainly is an extraordinary book. Honestly, I don’t know how far it’s right or wrong, and still have much musing and digesting to do; I just know that it’s very different to any book I have ever read before on Christian marriage and theology of sex and gender. Evdokimov seems to be critiquing a… Read More The Sacrament of Love: A Preliminary Review
Why is this blog called ‘the flower of the grass’? Because I have always been particularly struck by the Biblical verses about the ephemeral beauty of the flower e.g. Isaiah 40: 6-8 ‘The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the… Read More Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.