Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well. ― Theodore Roosevelt
In this short video from Pemptousia, Elder Elisaios, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras, Mt Athos, Greece, explains how the effort expressed for spiritual growth is more powerful than the desire fto be spiritual. He also offers a guide on finding a spiritual father and what differentiates a spiritual father from a father confessor.
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