They don’t get up again

They don’t get up again

Saint Andronik of the Monastery of Glinsk   Spend your life wisely, live purely, repent, pray not to be surprised by sudden death and God’s dread anger. Many people have lain down to sleep and not risen again. We, too, lie down and don’t know if we’ll wake the next...

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Again, on sorrows and patience

Again, on sorrows and patience

Saint Dimitri of Rostov   Patience in trials is a sure way of uniting ourselves to God. Complaining separates us from God, so patience forges our union with Him. So if you suffer all your trials with patience and gratitude, for His sake, He will reward you with eternal bliss....

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Rely on the Grace

Rely on the Grace

Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou †   If you allow the thought that you can rely on your own powers and proceed in that vein, then pride enters. You lose what you’ve gained and you need to start again from the beginning, to humble yourself,...

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Like the starving

Like the starving

Saint Justin Popovich   In the first place, church attendance is a need of the soul. Just as the hungry have need of food and the thirsty require water, so, too, do Christians have need of their ‘daily bread, which is the word of God and the spotless sacraments, the...

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It’s up to us

It’s up to us

Saint Peter the Damascan   Nobody’s the cause of perdition; only our own will is. God’s the cause of salvation: He gave us life and bliss, knowledge and power and His own Self. Not even the devil can bring us to perdition against our will; all he can do is...

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The Wisdom of Obedience

The Wisdom of Obedience

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   The various Books of the Elders, ancient and modern, take us into the world of the monastic state. There the genuine way of the Christian/Gospel life continues, as does the human reality of blunders and failures, which are overcome through asceticism. One very important and substantial...

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A variety of ploys

A variety of ploys

Saint Ignatius Brianchaninoff   Conscious, calculated or artificial humility is a mix of numerous and varied stratagems through which human pride attempts to attire itself in the glory of humility in the eyes of the blind world, the world which clings to its own things, the world which fawns on...

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Human Tape-recorders

Human Tape-recorders

Saint Paisios the Athonite   Because of so much reading, people today have ended up as tape-recorders and their cassettes are full of superfluous things. But according to Abba Isaac, teaching without action is a ‘repository of shame’. You see, lots of people who are interested in sports read sports...

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Let’s not be overwhelmed

Let’s not be overwhelmed

Saint Ambrose of Milan   ‘Don’t let us fall into temptation that we can’t withstand’. As if we were athletes wishing to compete and asking for the strength to resist our opponent, which in this case is sin. The Lord, Who took our sins upon His shoulders and forgave our...

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It seems hard

It seems hard

Saint Theophan the Recluse   If you pray in the morning as you should, your whole day will be blessed. Don’t be downcast over efforts that seem fruitless. Remember how you learned to knit, or read and write. What efforts you made then… Now you can do all of these...

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