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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It changes people

It changes people

Saint John Chrysostom   Asceticism which is undertaken in accordance with the Law makes people understanding, sensible, modest, able to restrain their anger, to rein in their desires, to perform acts of charity, to be kind to others and to practice all the virtues. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE...

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Day and night

Day and night

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   For God, everything’s possible. He can reveal to us His created majesty and can create the uncreated. But, for us, the most important thing is that He wants to redeem our soul from sin and death and to grant us life eternal. Let us beseech Him...

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Don’t respect them

Don’t respect them

Saint John of the Ladder   Never respect those who condemn their neighbour, but, instead, say to them: ‘That’s enough. I err more badly every day, so how can I criticize anybody else?’ In this way, you’ll win twice over: with one medicine you’ll cure yourself and others. Source: pemptousia.com...

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No pressure, no conscription

No pressure, no conscription

Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis   The moral law is a law of moral freedom. It has nothing to do with violence and coercion. Moral freedom wants voluntary adherents. It doesn’t pressurize anybody or press-gang them into anything. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN)...

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Prepare your lamp

Prepare your lamp

Saint Dimitri of Rostov   Prepare yourself, my brother, prepare yourself to welcome the heavenly Bridegroom, the most glorious Lord Jesus Christ. Behold, ‘He is coming in the middle of the night and blessed is the servant whom He will find watchful. And unworthy the one He finds heedless’ Wake...

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Seemingly small

Seemingly small

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   The heart’s an apparently small organ, but there’s room for God to dwell inside. And if God does reside there, then the heart’s filled to overflowing and there’s room for nothing else. Even if the whole world were to be installed there, the heart would be...

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They show the way

They show the way

Saint Paisios the Athonite   Those people who give everything to God and give themselves completely to Him, are sheltered under God’s great vault and are protected by His divine providence. They then become children of God and can help unfortunate people more, through God, with their prayers and, again...

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