They can be passed on

They can be passed on

Saint John of Kronstadt   The passions are transmittable to our spiritual organism. Wickedness, for example. Even if it’s not expressed in words or deeds, it’s still hidden away in the heart and can just be discerned, maybe in the eyes and the face, and then it’s transmitted to the...

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A downward slope

A downward slope

Saint Maximos the Confessor   Unawareness of lack of the virtues is a downward slide into impiety. Because those who are accustomed to the pleasures of the flesh and disobedience to God will end up denying Him when the opportunity arises and will prefer the life of the flesh to...

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We’re swallowed up

We’re swallowed up

Elder Tadej Vitovničk   Our life depends on the kind of thoughts we cultivate. If our thoughts are peaceful and calm, if they’re meek and kind, then our life will be, too. If our attention is on our living conditions, then we’re consumed by a whirlwind of thoughts and we...

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We ask why

We ask why

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos   Even though the saints sinned, they had the strength to arise, simply and robustly. If they sinned, they repented, from the depth of their heart until the day they died, but weren’t depressed and despondent. We, on the other hand, if we have a sin,...

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Without wanting to

Without wanting to

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Lots of people today go chasing after joy, happiness, and go down roads that aren’t clean, but are befouled by the actions of demons. But if ‘the Lord God speaks’ in our heart, then we should be quiet. We should turn to our heart, learn...

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They aren’t snobbish

They aren’t snobbish

Saint John of Kronstadt   We think of as polite and cultured those people who aren’t conceited and don’t look down on others of their acquaintance who benefit from their generosity. They don’t ignore them, don’t think disparagingly of them, but appreciate them as they did at their first meeting....

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Christ the King

Christ the King

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom †   In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. In one of his homilies St. John Chrysostom says that anyone endowed with power can rule, only a king can die for his people. And this we see so wonderfully and tragically manifested...

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What it’s like

What it’s like

Saint John of Kronstadt   What is sanctity? Freedom from all sin and an ample measure of virtue. It’s nature resembles the light of the sun and the whiteness of snow, whereas the nature of sin is like darkness, with a lack of light, with stench and corrosion. Source: pemptousia.com...

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It’s not romanticism

It’s not romanticism

Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery   If we really observe Christ’s commandments, then we demonstrate that we love Him, because, as He Himself said, ‘those who love me keep my commandments’. And when the holy Fathers ask, ‘Which commandments?’, they answer ‘All the commandments’. Then we’ll show that...

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Christ’s Resurrection

Christ’s Resurrection

Saint John Chrysostom   Really convincing proof of the Resurrection is the fact that Christ, Who was sacrificed on the Cross, showed such great strength that He persuaded people who lived in various different places to disregard their faith, homeland, families, friends and relations and even their life. They did...

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