Author: The Late Thrice Blessed Pope Shenouda III

Sacrifice

The love which does not sacrifice is a barren love, without fruit.  Love is a productive mother that gives birth to numerous virtues such as compassion and affection, a word of encouragement and a word of consolation, attention and care, forgiveness and seeking the salvation of the soul. This is the spiritual love…  Perhaps the …

The Basic Virtues

Some virtues are partial and one struggles hard to attain them, but there are basic virtues which include various merits within them; that is the topic of our talk… Ahead of all these virtues is: Love. The Lord Jesus Christ said that all the Law and prophets are concerned with this virtue. St. Paul explained …

Love Your Enemies

 “Love your neighbor” is a phrase written in the Law: “Love your neighbor as yourself,” (Leviticus 19:18). However, the phrase “hate your enemy” is not written in the Law. It is a mistaken human understanding. Our Lord Jesus Christ taught its opposite for two reasons. First, God does not command us to hate in His …

Spiritual Weakness

I would like to talk to you today about a spiritual subject which is important to all of us; the spiritual weakness. What is the spiritual weakness? What causes it? How can one overcome this weakness? That’s what we are going to talk about. There isn’t any spiritual life that stays straight all the time, …

How long, O Lord? Will You forget me?

Psalm 121 is considered to be the keeping psalm; it is the one of fear of being forsaken. It is a psalm of a tired person who is afraid that God may have forsaken him… And it seems that his tiredness lasted for so long and he became troubled because of its length. That’s why he …