Once, when I came to Elder Porphyrios, I saw several girls there who also wanted to see the elder. They were dressed a little immodestly. Father Porphyrios talked with them, touching on various spiritual issues, but he did not say a word about how they were dressed. I confess that I was internally outraged by the behavior of these girls. How could they come to a saintly person like this? I was also embarrassed by the fact that the Elder did not make a single comment to them about their clothes.
When the girls left, he smiled at me and said: "Sir Ν., I am not as strict as you." Immediately, I realized that he knows about my thoughts and my embarrassment, but I still asked:
“Why do you say that, Geronda?”
"I did not say anything because I have another tactic. Even if I had noticed them that their clothes were somewhat immodest, they would not have listened to my words, because their faith in Christ is not deep. First of all, I try to strengthen their faith in Christ, and then they themselves will realize their mistake and will correct."


In conclusion, I would like to read a few lines from a discourse by Saint Basil the Great: "Let words of consolation leap forward before the rest of your speech, confirming your love for your neighbor."
You who are in the monastery, when you approach your brother; you who are married, when you approach your spouse; you who are a father or a mother, when you approach your child: "Let words of consolation leap forward before the rest of your speech." Whatever you say, whatever you think of saying, say it only after you've said a word or two which will give the others joy, consolation, a breath of life. Make them say, "I feel relief; I feel joy."
Make others... dance for joy when they see you. Because everybody in their life, in their home, in their body, and in their soul, has pain, illness, difficulties, torments, and everybody hides them within the secret purse of his heart and home, so that others won't know about it. I don't know what sort of pain you're in, and you don't know what pain I'm in. I may laugh... and appear happy, but deep down, I'm in pain, and I laugh to cover up my sorrow. And so, before anything else, greet the other person with a smile.
And Saint Basil adds this: "Let your face be bright, in order to give joy to him who speaks with you." Once you've made the other person smile, don't stop smiling. This is what it means to have a "bright face." Let your face be a radiant sun, so that throughout the conversation the other will continue to feel the same happiness. "Take delight in every achievement of your neighbor." With respect to whatever achievement your neighbor has, rejoice along with him. "For his achievements are yours, and yours are his." Let the one share in the joy of the other.
In this way, there can be a meeting, a true social relation, of monks and married people, of all people, saints and sinners, giving is all the right and ability to pray. And when we say, "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me," everybody is included: my husband, my wife, my brothers and sisters, my children, the whole world. When God sees such love, when He sees the paradise in my heart, that my heart has room for everybody, then it will be impossible for Him not to find room in His paradise for me and for you.
~Archimandrite Amilianos of Simonopetra, The Church at Prayer, p. 88.



Dear Fathers and beloved brothers and sisters,
With the Grace of God our Father we are on the once again on the threshold of Great Lent,
and I wish you wholeheartedly
May the Lord make us all worthy to experience it 
in health and  an uplifting of the soul. 
And to be ready spiritually to worship His Holy Passion
and celebrate His Glorious Resurrection.
With much love in Christ,
Fr. Amp


What are the responsibilities between Christians?

1.  That they love one another. (John 13:34-35)
2.  That they complete one another. (Rom. 12:5)
3.  That they are committed to one another. (Rom. 12:10)
4.  That they honour one another. (Rom. 12:10)
5.  That they rejoice with the joy of the other. (Rom. 12:15, 1Cor. 12:26)
6.  That they partake in the sorrow of the other. (Rom. 12: 15)
7.  That they have the same mindset with one another. (Rom. 12:16)
8.  That they do not judge one another. (Rom. 14:13)
9.  That they accept one another. (Rom. 15:7)
10.  That they counsel one another. (Rom. 15: 14)
11.  That they embrace one another. (Rom. 16:16)
12.  That they care for one another. (1Cor. 12:25)
13.  That they serve one another. (Gal. 5:13)
14.  That they are useful to one another. (Eph. 4:32)
15.  That they forgive one another. (Eph. 4:32)
16.  That they are compassionate to one another. (Eph. 4:32)
17.  That they comfort one another. (1Thess. 5:11)
18.  That they edify one another. (1Thess. 5:11)
19.  That they are subordinate to one another. (Eph. 5:21)
20.  That they suffer for one another. (Eph. 4:2, Col. 3:13)
21.  That the bear the burdens of one another. (Gal. 6:2)


Stop Saying “Glory to God for All Things!”

“A few years ago, I was the parish priest of St. Vasileios church (Piraeus) and was called to hear the confession of a young man, Xenophon, 42 years old.
When I arrived, his days were numbered. Cancer with rapid metastases had affected his brain too. He was all alone at the ward, the bed next to him was empty, so we were all alone.
This is what he told me about how he came to Faith, since he was a “hardened atheist” in his own words:
‘I arrived here about 35 days ago, in this ward of two beds. Next to me was another patient, about 80 years old. He was suffering from cancer too, in his bones, and although he was experiencing excruciating pain, he was constantly praising the Lord “Glory to God! Glory to God for all things!” He also recited more prayers which I heard for the first time in my life since I was an atheist who had never set my foot to church.  Often, all those prayers comforted him and he slept for a couple of hours. Then, after 2-3 hours, he woke up again from the excruciating pain, and he would start over “My Christ, I thank you! Glory be to Thy Name! Glory to God! Glory to God for all things!” I was moaning with my pain, and this patient at the next bed to mine was glorifying God. I was blaspheming Christ and the Theotokos, and he was thanking God, thanking him for the cancer which he had given to him, and for all the excruciating pain he was suffering.
I was so rebellious and indignant at this! Not only for the excruciating pain I was suffering, but also for his never-ending Doxology. He was also partaking daily of Holy Communion, while I was throwing up in disgust.
– ‘Will you please shut up! Shut up and stop saying all the time ‘Glory to God’! Can’t you see that this God, Whom you are thanking and glorifying, this same God is torturing us with such cruelty? What kind of God this is? No, He does not exist!’