Fascination with wickedness obscures what is good, and roving desire perverts the innocent mind.
Wisdom of Solomon 4:12

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Orthodox Way of Life

The final goal of man is communion with God. The path to this communion has been precisely defined: faith, and walking in the Commandments with the help of God’s grace.

Saint Theophan the Recluse

The Orthodox way of life is not the normal way of life for most people in our society, yet, it is a most practical life for married people with families faced with the challenges of careers.  In fact, it is the way of living that will make your life less stressful and more meaningful. The purpose of life taught by the Apostles and the Church Fathers is one of finding union with God.  This is what the church means when it proclaims that Jesus came to save us and to open the gates of heaven for us.  He showed us how to live through His teaching and example. He showed us that we have nothing to fear in death. To begin, you must have faith in God and accept His love for you. With a little faith, you can begin to live the Orthodox way of life.

Below are 10 steps that will begin to open the door to the Orthodox way to you; they are taken from: http://www.stgeorgegreenville.org/TenPointProgram/TenPointProgram.html.

1. Praying Daily
Have a regular prayer rule that includes morning and evening prayer.

2.Worshiping and Participating in Sacraments
Attend and participate in the Divine Liturgy receiving Holy Communion regularly as well as regular participation in Confession.

3.Honoring the Liturgical Cycle of the Church
Follow the seasons of the church and participate in the fasts and feasts of theChurch.

4.Using the Jesus Prayer
Repeat the Holy name whenever possible throughout the day or night.

5.Slowing Down and Ordering Your Life
Set priorities and reduce the stress and friction caused by a hurried life.

6.Being Watchful
Give full attention to what you are doing at the moment.

7.Taming the Passions
Overcome your habits, attachment to your likes and dislikes, and learn topractice the virtues.

8.Putting Others First
Free yourself from your selfishness and find joy in helping others.

9.Spiritual Fellowship
Spend time regularly with other Orthodox Christians for support and inspiration.

10.Reading the Scriptures and Holy Fathers
Be inspired by the lessons of the Holy Scriptures, the wisdom of the Holy Fathers and the lives of the Saints of the Church.

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