ΑΝ ΠΕΘΑΝΕΙΣ ΠΡΙΝ ΠΕΘΑΝΕΙΣ, ΔΕ ΘΑ ΠΕΘΑΝΕΙΣ ΟΤΑΝ ΠΕΘΑΝΕΙΣ

(ΠΑΡΟΙΜΙΑ ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΩΝ ΜΟΝΑΧΩΝ)

Τετάρτη, 24 Μαΐου 2017

Spiritual travels in Greece


 
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ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ: Πνευματικά ταξίδια στην Ελλάδα 

Greece is not just a land of sunlit coasts, beautiful mountainous regions or picturesque traditional villages…. Nor is it the homeland of Pericles and Aristotle, of Odysseus, Theseus and Jason.

It is also a land where for 2000 years, the authentic spiritual tradition and legacy of Christianity has been preserved intact, the way it was taught by Jesus Christ, propagated to other nations by His disciples (the Apostles) and observed for 20 centuries by innumerable thousands of Christians – men, women, and even children – who attained self-awareness, profound wisdom, spiritual balance, peace and union with their fellow-man, with all the creatures of the world, and naturally with Jesus Christ Himself. Even in our day and age, one can encounter such people in Greece, provided one keeps open the eyes of their soul…

This is the spiritual tradition and legacy of the Orthodox Church, which Greece of course shares with all the traditionally Orthodox Christian peoples (for example, our brethren the Russians, the Serbians, the Bulgarians, the Rumanians, the Ukrainians, the Georgians, et al.) as well as with all the other major Orthodox populations in the rest of the world.

The visitor will find many places at every step on Greek soil, where saints, ascetics and martyrs once lived, as well as spiritual champions and teachers of great stature (both men and women).

A great number of people from all over the world have made this trip, and their life was changed. Not only did they become Orthodox Christians, but they also diffused the treasures of the Orthodox Church to their own homelands.

These are the treasures that we are inviting you to become acquainted with; they are offered for free, to each and every person, just as God “makes the sun rise and provides the rain” for free, for everyone.

This is naturally much more than ordinary tourism; it is a life’s journey – a journey towards our heart and our soul, towards our fellow-man, and towards the Sun of Righteousness, Jesus Christ.

We thank you.

Translate from Greek A.N.  

You can see, for beginning
Theosis (deification): The True Purpose of Human Life
Theosis, St. Silouan and Elder Sophrony
"Partakers of Divine Nature" - About Deification & Uncreated Light in Orthodox Church

The Way - An introduction to the Orthodox Faith

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