On earth and heaven

On earth and heaven

Saint Ambrose of Milan   With Christ’s blood, everything was pacified, on earth and in heaven. The heavens were sanctified, the devil expelled. Now he’s where the people are whom he deceived. ‘Your will be done’ means; ‘May peace come to earth as it exists in heaven’. Source: pemptousia.com  ...

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A creator of poverty

A creator of poverty

Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis   Avarice makes many people unjust, in the hope of acquiring wealth, and it becomes the cause of much evil among people. It’s a passion of the soul that causes a thirst for gold, and that eats away at it no matter how much gold is...

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On Suffering Temptations Calmly and Gladly (1)

On Suffering Temptations Calmly and Gladly (1)

Abba Dorotheos   Abba Pimin was right to say that the sign of a true monk is how he reacts to temptation. According to the Wisdom of Sirach (2, 1), a monk who truly comes to work for God should prepare his soul against temptations, so that he won’t be...

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What are the passions and which are the worst of them all?

What are the passions and which are the worst of them all?

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi (+2009)   Created as God-like from the beginning, man would not accept anything irrational in his thoughts and in his life. All his thoughts and his motions were proper since they had been illuminated by the divine Grace. As soon as he was deceived and severed...

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Watch constantly

Watch constantly

Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery   In order for people to become truly spiritual, they must be aware of their many shortcomings, the many mistakes they make, the many sins they’ve committed. They certainly must seek the sacrament of confession. Spiritual people must constantly watch and supervise the...

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They’re inactive

They’re inactive

Saint Saint Seraphim of Sarov   If you want to be saved, your heart has to be in a state of repentance and remorse. When we make an effort to have a humble heart and peaceful thoughts, then all the machinations of the enemy are deactivated. Because God finds rest...

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For our good

For our good

Saint Amfilokhios Makris   The saints were always concerned with the next life. Remembrance of death is a gift. God protects us from temptation. He doesn’t allow us to be tempted beyond our powers. Everything He permits is for our good. Trust in the Lord in all things and He...

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On Love

On Love

Saint Isaac the Syrian   Practical love Just as oil maintains the light of a lamp, so charity feeds the soul with true knowledge of God. The key for the heart to acquire divine gifts is given through love for our neighbour. How wonderful and praiseworthy is love for our...

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Parental heritage

Parental heritage

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia   The state of people’s souls is affected by their parents and this is something they carry with them throughout their lives. It leaves its traces, and a lot of the things which happen to them in life are the result of this state. Source: pemptousia.com...

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They’re not worth crying over

They’re not worth crying over

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   When we speak to people today, about mourning, it seems strange to them, because they think it shameful to cry. Of course, when we’re dealing with passing, vain matters, it is indeed not worth crying. But that mourning’s just on the level of social convention....

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