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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Depending on the zeal

Depending on the zeal

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   Those who follow the path of Christ’s commandments are reborn spiritually and are transfigured. It’s not the same for everyone to the same extent, but depends on their zeal. They’re crucified with Jesus Christ and divine Grace makes them resemble Him Whom they love. Herein...

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Dealing with Sickness

Dealing with Sickness

Saint Neofytos Recluse   So you should reflect on your sins and say ‘Glory to You, Lord, for You’re punishing me justly’. Recollect that, before, you’d forgotten God and say: ‘Glory to You, Lord, that you’ve given me cause and reason to remember You frequently’. Think about the fact that,...

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It turns round and round about

It turns round and round about

Saint Nilos the Ascetic   If you’re bound, you can’t run. Nor is a mind that works like a slave for some passion or other capable of real prayer. Because it’s dragged here and there by its impassioned thoughts and can’t be still. You’ll never manage to pray purely if...

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The proper intention – Feast day of St Agatha

The proper intention – Feast day of St Agatha

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   The Lord always seeks to find the proper intention in man for it is said that ‘Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver’ (2 Corinthians, 9, 7). He also urges:...

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Avoid them

Avoid them

Saint Iakovos Tsalikis   If we’re not spiritually strong and another person’s behaviour bothers us, let’s not condemn them. Better to avoid them and to have no truck or dealings with them. And if they’re heretics, then we should avoid them entirely and have nothing to do with them. Because...

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Animosity

Animosity

Monk Arsenios of the Skete of Koutloumousiou, the Holy Mountain   According to Saint John of the Ladder, pride means: ‘Denial of God, an invention of the demons’. To put it more simply, pride was discovered and invented by the devil. Lucifer refused to render veneration and worship to his...

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