Author: The Late Thrice Blessed Pope Shenouda III

Christian Unity

A speech given by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III in the International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Cairo, 1974. These words of wisdom still ring true to this day. We pray for the unity of Christ’s Church. In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God, …

Benefits and Importance of Fasting

Fasting is one of the most important spiritual means. But why? First of all, because it helps us keep self-control. As the one fasting abstains from eating and drinking generally for a period of time, he stops himself from eating whatever relates to animal fat.  And so he learns restraint. In the process of restraining from …

Blessed Are the Meek

A meek person is kind, calm, peaceful, and gentle-voiced, neither argues nor quarrels, does not break up with anyone, nor behaves rudely. In both the New and Old Testaments, it is said of Christ the Lord “ He will not quarrel nor cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised …

Blessing and Affliction

How astonishing are the persons whom God gives blessing but they turn it into affliction!  Money is a blessing, beauty also is, art, freedom, knowledge, power, discipline are also blessings. But, practically it is so easy to find all these blessings turned into afflictions by different means!  Misusing such blessings may turn them into afflictions. …

God is Holy Therefore Be Holy

The characteristic of God as being Holy; is absolute, natural and infinite. He is all Holy; as we say that He is omnipotent … He is omniscient. Isaiah the Prophet recorded to us the praise of the Seraphim as they sing and say: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of …