Set your Thoughts on Fire

Set your Thoughts on Fire

Saint Ignatius Brianchaninoff   I’m pouring out the words of my heart, which is leaping with unalloyed and inexpressible joy. Brethren, if you enter my words with pure thoughts, you’ll rejoice as if you were at a spiritual banquet. Faith in Christ is life. Those who are already nourished with...

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Simplicity and Innocence

Simplicity and Innocence

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia   Whatever our good self does, let it not be known to the bad self. ‘Do not let your left hand know what your right is doing’. The left is our opposite self which, if it gets wind of what’s happening, will ruin everything. The opposite...

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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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Rejection of Despair

Rejection of Despair

Saint Peter the Damascan   We shouldn’t despair when we’re not as we ought to be. Of course, it’s bad if you sin. But why do you slight God and, in your ignorance, consider Him powerless? Is He Who made this wonderful world for you perhaps unable to save your...

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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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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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