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56 Posts tagged Spiritual Growth

November 25, 2013

Placing our Weaknesses before Christ

In the Gospel reading of the Evening Raising of Incense for the Third Sunday of the blessed Coptic month of Hatour, we hear our Lord Jesus Christ speaking to us personally, saying, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you …

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August 17, 2012

The Exercise of the Arrow Prayer

Fr. Moses Samaan

The Concept Behind this Exercise These prayers are called “arrow-like prayers” by the Church for they are, in a manner of speaking, spiritual arrows that penetrate the thick veil that can exist between man and God, rises to the pinnacle of heaven and e …

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August 17, 2012

The Christian in the Parables of Christ

Fr. Moses Samaan

Introduction The life of a Christian is not supposed to be spent haphazardly. That is, the Christian does not perform random acts hoping that the act that he has taken is a proper act. So if a Christian does not act randomly, then there must be a guide …

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August 25, 2010

On Wearing the Cross

Fr. Moses Samaan

The Cross of Jesus Christ is the joy and boast of Christians. By the Cross we were saved and by the Cross the demons are put to flight. Wearing the Cross on our person is a fundamental and simple way to keep Christ in our daily life and to fight the in …

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August 24, 2010

On the Different Methods of the Devil’s Warfare: The First Method

Fr. Moses Samaan

On the Different Methods of the Devil’s Warfare Against Those Who Journey on the Narrow Way That Transcends the World On the First Method OUR ADVERSARY, the devil, has the long-standing habit of artfully choosing modes of warfare against those who ente …

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April 14, 2010

A Prayer

Fr. Moses Samaan

O God and Lord of the Powers, and Maker of all creation, Who, because of Thy clemency and incomparable mercy, didst send Thine Only-Begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind, and with His venerable Cross didst tear asunder the …

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April 12, 2010

Homily 33 on Unceasing Prayer

1. We ought to pray, not according to any bodily habit nor with a habit of loud noise nor out of a custom of silence or on bended knees. But we ought soberly to have an attentive mind, waiting expectantly on God until He comes and visits the soul by me …

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January 8, 2010

How to Conduct Ourselves at Feasts

Fr. Moses Samaan

Let revelry keep away from our rational entertainments, and foolish vigils, too, that revel in intemperance. For revelry is an inebriating pipe, the chain. The passage is obscure. of an amatory bridge, that is, of sorrow. And let love, and intoxication …

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January 2, 2010

Let Us Obey the Trumpet of God

Fr. Moses Samaan

"It is well, my beloved, to proceed from feast to feast; again festal meetings, again holy vigils arouse our minds, and compel our intellect to keep vigil unto contemplation of good things. Let us not fulfill these days like those that mourn, but, …

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November 24, 2009

A Sower Went Out to Sow

Fr. Moses Samaan

On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: …

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August 6, 2009

The Holy Virgin Mary: Icon of the Life of Serenity

Fr. Moses Samaan

I would like to congratulate you on the blessed fast of St. Mary wishing you many returns of the blessed fast and a joyful feast. The fast of the Virgin St. Mary is a beautiful spiritual time and a blessed opportunity to contemplate on the virtues of t …

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April 9, 2009

Bringing Every Thought Into Captivity To The Obedience Of Christ (1 Cor. 10:5)

As we look at the Church in the Apostolic age, we find that She was characterized by the communal life; they had one accord with unity of heart, soul, and thought (Acts 2: 42-47; 4:32-37). Whenever a dispute arose, the apostles would discuss it, and th …

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