Today, while I was at church, the people sang Axia (Worthy) to St. Mary because it was her feast. It’s our ritual at the Coptic Orthodox Church to sing Axia (or Axios) three times to saints on their feast days. On my way back I wondered why three times? I know all rituals at church have a biblical reasoning behind it, so it was time for … Continue reading Worthiness
One of the things that hit me most in Jonah’s commission is that no one is without sin. The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, … Continue reading There is none who does good, No, not one
When Jesus was incarnate, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him during His baptism. He did not need the Holy Spirit to descend on Him, because it is His Spirit. He did this, on our behalf, so that He may dwell in us and grant us adoption to the Father. For that reason, Jesus asks us to say: “Our Father who art in heaven“ (Matthew 6:9) St. Paul … Continue reading 8 Blessings of Baptism
A man watches a bird flying, and wishes to fly himself, but he cannot, because he has no wings. Even so the will is present (see Romans 7:18) that a man be pure, blameless, without spot, to have no wickedness in him, and to be always with God; he has no power to fly into the air of God. The liberty of the Holy Spirit may be his wish, but … Continue reading The Holy Spirit and the Communion with God
The Holy Spirit has two major roles when it comes to the Scriptures. The first was revealing to its writers God’s message to His people, and the second is granting us the readers the understanding of God’s message. The Holy Spirit, The Writer God’s word is revealed to the writers, without ignoring their backgrounds, their cultures, and their education. Its aim is not merely to grant … Continue reading The Holy Spirit and The Scriptures
Psychologists have studied the fact that many people who commit suicide are famous and admired by many, in need of nothing, and very talented with their skills. It turned out that loneliness has been a major reason for people to lose hope in life. When God first created Adam, He knew that man was in need of someone to be close to him; someone to … Continue reading Do You Suffer from Loneliness?
I started reading a book called “The Gift of the Holy Spirit” by Fr. Tadros Malaty. It is a true eye opener to the precious gift “The Holy Spirit” that dwells within us.
Here is an excerpt of what I just learned… Continue reading “The Trinity and the Gift of the Holy Spirit”