Living Faith

 

“Tradition is not only a protective, conservative principle; it is, primarily, the principle of growth and regeneration…  Tradition is the constant abiding of the Spirit and not only the memory of words.” 

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, The Orthodox Church

 

Faith1The Orthodox Church is often described as ancient or traditional.  While it is rooted in the Apostolic Era, our faith is also present and relevant in our lives today.  If you are searching for God, we encourage you to explore our Living Faith.

 

In our world, we encounter ideas that God is distant (if there at all) and thus uninterested in us.  We may even believe that God is disappointed in us.  However, the reality is that He is constantly reaching out to us.  The prophet Isaiah states this five times, “For all this, His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still (Is. 5:25; 9:12, 17, 21; 10:4).”  To encounter God, our response is needed.  St. John Chrysostom explained this by saying, “Find the door of your heart, you will discover it is the door of the Kingdom of God.”  To be present in this relationship, God encourages us to let go of our expectations of Him and listen.  Metropolitan Anthony Bloom in his book Beginning to Pray, stated that “Prayer is an encounter and relationship with God. It is a deep relationship that can not be force upon Him or us.  It is a relationship that begins with mutual freedom.”  As the source of our Living Faith, all that is needed is our willingness to seek God within our heart.

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