It’s passing

It’s passing

Saint John of Kronstadt   Don’t confuse people, who are images of God, with the wickedness they bear inside therm. This evil is merely incidental, it’s their misfortune, their sickness, the devil’s deceit. Their real being, the image of God, is always there inside them. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT...

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This is the measuring-stick

This is the measuring-stick

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   Christian love moves in a circle. First comes love for yourself, then love for your friends and, finally, love for God. Christ took our love for our self as the standard for measuring our love for our enemies and our love for God. He said: ‘Love...

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On Spiritual Knowledge

On Spiritual Knowledge

Saint Symeon the New Theologian   We recently posted an article on the importance of spiritual reading here http://bit.ly/2F4xYBq. The position of the Church has always been, however, that we need help and guidance if we’re to understand Scripture in depth. Thus, as early as the Apostolic age (Acts 8,...

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We need to decide

We need to decide

Elder Amvrosios Lazaris   We can’t be with Christ and with the evil one. We have to decide. What does the Lord want? Truth, justice and faith. And what’s in our heart to be on our lips. Not the heart to say one thing and the lips another. Source: pemptousia.com...

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On earth and heaven

On earth and heaven

Saint Ambrose of Milan   With Christ’s blood, everything was pacified, on earth and in heaven. The heavens were sanctified, the devil expelled. Now he’s where the people are whom he deceived. ‘Your will be done’ means; ‘May peace come to earth as it exists in heaven’. Source: pemptousia.com  ...

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A creator of poverty

A creator of poverty

Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis   Avarice makes many people unjust, in the hope of acquiring wealth, and it becomes the cause of much evil among people. It’s a passion of the soul that causes a thirst for gold, and that eats away at it no matter how much gold is...

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On Suffering Temptations Calmly and Gladly (1)

On Suffering Temptations Calmly and Gladly (1)

Abba Dorotheos   Abba Pimin was right to say that the sign of a true monk is how he reacts to temptation. According to the Wisdom of Sirach (2, 1), a monk who truly comes to work for God should prepare his soul against temptations, so that he won’t be...

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What are the passions and which are the worst of them all?

What are the passions and which are the worst of them all?

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi (+2009)   Created as God-like from the beginning, man would not accept anything irrational in his thoughts and in his life. All his thoughts and his motions were proper since they had been illuminated by the divine Grace. As soon as he was deceived and severed...

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Watch constantly

Watch constantly

Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the Vatopaidi Monastery   In order for people to become truly spiritual, they must be aware of their many shortcomings, the many mistakes they make, the many sins they’ve committed. They certainly must seek the sacrament of confession. Spiritual people must constantly watch and supervise the...

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They’re inactive

They’re inactive

Saint Saint Seraphim of Sarov   If you want to be saved, your heart has to be in a state of repentance and remorse. When we make an effort to have a humble heart and peaceful thoughts, then all the machinations of the enemy are deactivated. Because God finds rest...

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