METROPOLITAN HIEROTHEOS (Vlachos) is Bishop of Nafpaktos, and author of a number of books on Orthodox spirituality.
His characteristic theme is that the Church is a hospital, not a court of law or a condemned cell.
As a result, we should see prayer and the life of virtue as the healing of the inner soul (the nous), a healing which overflows into the body. He portrays the Christian life as true psycho-therapy (psyche = the soul).
Many interpretations of Christianity have been formulated and many answers given to the questions: What is Christianity and what is its mission in the world? Most are not true. In what follows we shall seek to make it quite clear that Christianity, and especially Orthodoxy, is therapy.
This wholesome and encouraging teaching runs broadly through the monastic tradition from the very beginnings in the 4th century.
Instead of the image of God as Judge withholding condemnation upon criminal sinners for Christ’s sake, all too familiar in the West, we find an image of God as a loving Father who, his heart wrung with pity, offers through his Son Jesus Christ a priceless medicine of divine grace to every ailing soul and body.
Bishop Hierotheos explains how this medicine is best applied, and its many benefits cherished. In other works, he describes the life of the monks on the Holy Mountain, explores the Feasts of Our Lord, and considers the meaning of life after death.
The Birth of the Theotokos Monastery in Pelagia, Greece (I.Μ. Γενεθλίου της Θεοτόκου, Πελαγίας) publishes his books, and has placed generous extracts from them online for us to read.
You can also read the Newsletter of the Church of Nafpaktos, Εκκλησιαστική Παρέμβαση, here (in Greek).