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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They’re unactivated

They’re unactivated

Saint Saint Seraphim of Sarov   If you want to be saved, your heart has to be in a state of repentance and contrition. When people try to have a humble heart and a peaceful mind, then none of the machinations of the enemy is set in motion. Because where...

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He cleared it

He cleared it

Saint John Chrysostom   Just as the surface of the ground often can’t be seen because of the rank weeds and thorns, so the nobility and purity of the soul was often not visible until the Farmer of human nature lit the fire of the Holy Spirit, cleared it and...

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The ways of those that remember injuries [lead] to death (Proverbs 12, 28)

The ways of those that remember injuries [lead] to death (Proverbs 12, 28)

Hierodeacon Filaretos, Monastery of the Holy Lavra, Kalavryta   According to Saint John of the Ladder, resentment is a poison in the soul, an estrangement from love and a continuous sin. This is why, of all the requests in the Lord’s Prayer, only one is accompanied by a caveat. In...

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On Not Judging Our Neighbour

On Not Judging Our Neighbour

Abba Dorotheos   If, brethren, we remembered the words of the holy Elders, if we studied them, it would be difficult for us to sin, difficult to neglect ourselves. Because, precisely as they’ve advised us, if we refuse to ignore the little things and what appear to be insignificant, then...

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The devil’s delight

The devil’s delight

Elder Ephraim of Arizona   Humble yourself and confess from now on, because confession involves holy humility, without which nobody can be saved. It’s a great joy for the devil if he can persuade people to hide their diabolical thoughts, because then he’ll succeed in his carefully-planned aim of harming...

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Wealth and Poverty

Wealth and Poverty

Saint John Chrysostom   The rich are useless. Yes, useless, unless they’re generous and charitable. But, unfortunately, not many rich people are distinguishged for their love of others. Most of them wallow in self-love, in hard-heartedness and sin. So don’t envy them. Think, rather, about Peter and Paul about John...

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They darken the mind

They darken the mind

† Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou   It’s egotism that prevents people from loving God and their neighbour. Christians strive to root out egotism from within themselves, to root out the passions that darken their mind and make a prisoner of their heart. They strive...

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Forget everything

Forget everything

Saint Dimitri of Rostov   Your complete union with God will be achieved if you cultivate uninterrupted communion with Him through prayer. Forget everything earthly and vain and turn all your desire and enthusiasm towards Him. Seek His mercy constantly, keep His memory always in your mind and lose yourself...

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