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Spirituality: The Greatness of Prayer

By Father El Meskeen Orthodox Prayer, Part 4. Excerpts From Chapter 2 of the book Orthodox Prayer, by Matta El-Meskeen, Coptic monastic reformer and spiritual father of the Monastery of St. Macarius. Man’s modern tendency to make prayer self-referential flies in the face of true prayer... “Holy, Holy Holy” (Is 6:3) is the transcendent essence of [...]

The Message of the Icon: Who Are the Violent?

By Robert Wiesner One of the most puzzling verses in Scripture is from St. Matthew’s Gospel: “...the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12) There are a great many interpretations available to the curious Christian; disagreements even among the Fathers are distressingly easy to find! First, clearly sheep, sheepfolds [...]

The Virgin of Revelation at Tre Fontane (Three Fountains)

“You Persecute Me...Enough of It Now! Enter Into the True Fold, God’s Kingdom on Earth.” By ITV Staff Grotto of the Three Fountains in Rome Bruno Cornacchiola and his family Across the road from Rome’s San Paolo alle Tre Fontane (“St. Paul at the Three Fountains”) abbey and church, there is the [...]


“Its Effect is to Hold the World Together” By Father El Meskeen Orthodox Prayer, Part 3. Continuing Our Prayerful Examination of the Book Orthodox Prayer, by Matta El-meskeen, Coptic Monastic Reformer and Spiritual Father of the Monastery of St. Macarius, We Take a Look Now at the Conclusion of Chapter One, With Some Selected Inspiring Sayings [...]

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