St. Michael's Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
512 Summer St. Old Forge, PA 18518 / (570)-457-3703
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On Thoughts, Fantasies, and Distraction

When we struggle against demonic thoughts, the struggle will be considered as a martyrdom.  This is because one suffers a great deal when evil thoughts attack, and God, seeing the toil and pain of his soul, considers it to be a martyrdom.  Thoughts of unbelief are caused by pride and egotism.  Therefore, my child, drive away egotistical thoughts and think very humbly about yourself.  Do not criticize others; look at only your own faults.  Be careful with your words and do not embitter anyone.

Disregard thoughts of unbelief totally since they are demonic and plan to rob you of your fighting spirit.  If you don't, they will hand you over to the carnal demon and thereafter to spiritual death.  As soon as you begin the struggle, thoughts of pride will come to you - that you are a fighter, and so on - and the thoughts of unbelief will fall aside.  Thus you will see how the demons deceive us.  Pay no attention at all to thoughts; disregard them completely.  Take hold of the prayer and the remembrance of death, and you will see how the devil changes his guise.

Elder Ephraim from the Holy Mountain



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St. Michael's Orthodox Church
512 Summer St.; Old Forge, PA 18518
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The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

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St. Michael Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Mark (Maymon), Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Old Forge and the local area. 

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The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.

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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.

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