Author: The Late Thrice Blessed Pope Shenouda III

A Way That Seems Right is a Hindrance to Virtue

A verse repeated twice in the Proverbs due to its important says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Prov 14: 12; 16: 25) It probably means that a person should not rely on his own view and understanding of matters, for he may …

A Covenant Between God And Man

It was God who started to make a covenant with man. He wanted to have a relation with him under certain conditions. God executed his promises and was honest in spite of our dishonesty. The covenant of God with man was an everlasting one. The first covenant that God made was in the days of …

What prayers should be said when performing prostrations?

They could be prayers of humbling oneself before God and confessing one’s sins before Him, along with asking for mercy. For each prostration, the individual can confess a sin and accuse himself before God with the words: ‘Have mercy on me, 0 God, for I have done such and such’. They could be prayers of …

Sometimes I question who I am, what my purpose is in this place and why I should live and die?

This subject may be answered in a whole book, but I will try to answer you briefly. 1. Who am I? *. You are a human being, created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26), and you must try and preserve this divine image. *. You are a living being with a rational …

What should I do when Satan attacks me with thoughts of self righteousness?

There are two basic methods of fighting thoughts of self- righteousness, and they are for a person to remember his sins, and to recall the highest stages reached by the saints. Recalling his sins will make a person humble, contrite and ashamed, because even a single sin can cause him to perish. Likewise, bringing to …