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(The following is an excerpt I translated from the fabulous Greek book Words οf the Heart – Λόγια Καρδίας – pp.176-177, a collection of sayings by Gerontissa Macrina of the Holy Monastery of Odigitria in Portaria, Greece) An eternal Hell exists and an eternal Paradise exists. Eternal hell: I see it, there is gnashing of […]

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Today I will share with you a small (rough) translation I’ve done from the newly released book on the Ever-memorable Abbess Macrina of Volos, Λογία Καρδιάς (Words from the Heart). Although I only planned on translating the section on the angel’s instructions on prayer, I decided that since the Gospel for this past Sunday entreated us to cultivate […]

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Here are some words from the Ever-Memorable Gerontissa Macrina to her nuns about work, taken from the newly published book about her life and words  Λόγια Καρδιάς [Words from the Heart] pp. 353-354: We shouldn’t [have] disdain for anything in the monastery, rather we should care for it [all] like the pupil of our eye, […]

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Modern Saints: Elder Iakovos Tsalikis

Originally posted on lessons from a monastery:
A Glimpse of His Holy Life: From a young age little Iakovos (which was his name even at baptism) loved the Lord and His Bride, the Church. Born in Livisi, in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey), he and his family were forced to immigrate to Greece during the exchange…

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This beautiful article (and the photos that accompany it) is on our holy mother among the saints, Abbess Makrina of Portaria. As many of my readers know, I love blessed Makrina very much and so I wanted to share this lovely article. (Source) Chosen of God from her mother’s womb The blessed eldress experienced many […]

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I am overjoyed to introduce you to The Blessed Makrina Project. Fiery Furnace Productions is currently in the writing/development stages of a documentary on the life of Blessed Gerontissa Makrina. (Gerontissa was an abbess of the Holy Monastery of Panagia Odigitria – the All-holy Directress – in Portaria, Greece and reposed in 1995). Traveling to […]

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It’s been a busy last two weeks. I became a godmother to an angel of a little boy baby, took a trip to Meteora with my family (we had visitors from Canada), and then defended my Master’s thesis on Tuesday. Through everyone’s prayers the defense went really well. I don’t think I could of imagined […]

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