Monthly Archives: April 2018

Counsels from an Elder

The Desert Fathers on lust

A brother asked one of the Fathers, What shall I do? My thoughts are always turned to lust without allowing me an hour’s respite, and my soul is tormented by it. He said to him, Every time the demons suggest these thoughts to you, do not argue with them. For the activity of demons always is to suggest, and suggestions are not sins, for they cannot compel; but it rests with you to welcome them, or not to welcome [...]

Archangel Michael of Mantamados

On the third Sunday after Pascha, we commemorate the Archangel Michael of Mantamados. In Greek "O Μανταμάδος"  refers to a miraculous icon of the Archangel Michael in a church on the island of Lesvos, which was consecrated on this day. This is one of the four miraculous icons of the Archangel in the Dodecanese of Greece. The icon dates back to the 9th and 10th centuries during an invasion of the entire island by the Saracen pirates. The Monastery was [...]