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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It’s shattered

It’s shattered

Elder Tadej Vitovničk   Our thoughts, inclinations and desires open a path for us and reflect the whole of our life. If our thoughts are peaceful, full of love, kindness and purity, then we’ll be at peace, because peaceful thoughts make it possible for us to have inner peace which...

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Like a lighted candle

Like a lighted candle

Saint Saint Seraphim of Sarov   In careful people, the intellect acts as a watchful guard and sentinel of the inner Jerusalem. From the heights of the spiritual life it sees with its clear eye the opposing forces surrounding and within the soul. In their flesh, people are like lighted...

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It racks the nerves

It racks the nerves

Saint Ignatius Brianchaninoff   Pride wreaks havoc with the nerves, heats the blood, stimulates the imagination and maintains our fallen state. Humility calms the nerves, cools the blood, stops you from day-dreaming and puts a stop to our fallen state. It gives the life which Jesus Christ brought. Source: pemptousia.com...

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Just smoke

Just smoke

Saint John of the Ladder   Never judge anybody, even if you see them sinning at the hour of their death. Because God’s judgement is beyond our ken. Some people have clearly committed grave sins, but have also done far greater good in secret. So those who gloat are deceived,...

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Our own deformity

Our own deformity

Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou †   However well informed you are in terms of human wisdom, this doesn’t cure your deformity. You have to rediscover the true image of God, Christ, so that assuming the form of Christ, you’ll be healed of the deformities...

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Are you weak or strong?

Are you weak or strong?

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   When you place your trust in other people, you’re being weak, but when your place it in God you’re being strong. Cleave to God and all His power will be with you. Confess your weakness before Him and He’ll send you His all-powerful Grace. Source: pemptousia.com...

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Stupid, false and deceptive

Stupid, false and deceptive

Saint John of Kronstadt   Sinners won’t achieve remission of their sins unless they first realize with all their heart that these are senseless, destructive and illusory. Just as they committed the sin and found it pleasant and enjoyable, so now they must repent and confess that it was deceptive...

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Our intellect united with our heart

Our intellect united with our heart

Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou)   The purpose of the Christian life is for our intellect to be united with our heart, because then we’re cured. We’re made whole and we can turn to God with our whole being, fulfilling His commandments in a manner well-pleasing to Him. Source: pemptousia.com...

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