Black as the night

Black as the night

Saint Theophan the Recluse   When we’re outside Grace, the encasement around the soul is as black as night, if we surrender to and serve our passions. If we don’t give in entirely to those passions, then it’s as grey as fog. But we’re still living an empty life. Source:...

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Real freedom

Real freedom

Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis   Only the Son of God can free us, because He is Himself true freedom. Only if we follow the Savior are we able to remain free and can cast off the slavery of sin. So, if we wish to be free, we should follow Christ...

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No-one’s excluded

No-one’s excluded

Saint Ignatius Brianchaninoff   The prayer of repentance has been given to all, without exception. It’s been given to those who are dominated by the passions and to those who fall into in sin in practice. They, too, have the right to cry out to the Lord for their salvation....

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An ever-flowing torrent

An ever-flowing torrent

Saint John Maximovich   If we turn our attention to our mind, we’ll see a torrent of successive thoughts and ideas. This torrent is unrelenting, it tumbles quickly in every direction and at every moment- at home, in church, at work, when we’re reading, when we’re talking. Saint Theophan the...

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The lesser good

The lesser good

Saint John Maximovich   The lesser good is necessary: As a matter of fact, the lesser good is more necessary for mankind than the greater. People can get along with their lives without the greater good; without the lesser they cannot exist. Mankind perishes not from a lack of the...

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They ’ll live with the angels

They ’ll live with the angels

Saint Ephraim the Syrian   Blessed are those who have acquired love, because they depart to God with this in their possession and He will therefore recognize them as His own and welcome them into His bosom. In other words, those who have labored in love will live with the...

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By itself it doesn’t save

By itself it doesn’t save

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   You can prepare for being charitable by fasting, but you’re really charitable only when you forgive offences against you. Fasting precedes forgiveness, but forgiveness by itself isn’t enough to save you. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a...

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Don’t interfere

Don’t interfere

Elder Cleopa Ilie   In all things, we have to watch what we say and how we say it. We should always concentrate on how to please God and never want anything more than we want Him. We shouldn’t be hasty in judging the words and deeds of others and...

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They’re blown away

They’re blown away

Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis   Believers who have loosed the bonds of egotism, which strangle their love and prevent them from acting and from seeing beyond their limited horizon, are blown far away and are liberated from the tyrannical yoke of slavery to egotism, thus abolishing the wretched worship of...

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Directly linked

Directly linked

Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery   We believe that the sole ray of hope and optimism concerning the doubtful quality of life of young people today can come only from heaven, from God. Because the Triune God, Who is revealed and lives in the Orthodox Church, is a...

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