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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Don’t interfere

Don’t interfere

Elder Cleopa Ilie   In all things, we have to watch what we say and how we say it. We should always concentrate on how to please God and never want anything more than we want Him. We shouldn’t be hasty in judging the words and deeds of others and...

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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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What do you have in your memory?

What do you have in your memory?

Saint Amfilokhios Makris   You should always call Christ to mind, with love. We might be holding a photograph of someone but, because we don’t know them well, we don’t love them, it doesn’t move us. When you hold a photograph of your mother, though, your soul immediately leaps and...

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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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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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