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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It feels its betrayal

It feels its betrayal

Elder Joseph of  Vatopaidi   Transgression against the commandment brought the fall, which is our estrangement from God and everything that has to do with Him. God accepted our repentance and return to our obedience to His divine will after He’d restored our relationship with His love and sanctity. The...

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There’s no end

There’s no end

Elder Iosif the Hesychast   It’s not the case that God’s been described and that’s it, or that His attributes are able to be so described. When, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, we enter into the bosom of Glorification, we’re aware of all these endless, intangible, undiscernible, boundless...

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God’s precognition

God’s precognition

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia   Here’s a mystery: in His omnipotence and His omniscience, He knows everything, including what’s going to happen in the future, but He’s not the cause of any evil. God has precognition, but doesn’t preordain. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian...

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