The way to peace

The way to peace

Saint Nicodemus the Hagiorite   The way to acquire peace is as follows: forget entirely your fall and the sin and give yourself over to the thought of God’s great and ineffable goodness and the fact that He is willing and desires to forgive every sin, however serious, inviting sinners...

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Tasted and sweetened

Tasted and sweetened

Saint John the Sinaite   Acquisition of divine love makes us angels, immortal, incorruptible. The pure flame of love extinguishes all other desire for earthly longings. You get the impression that those who love God aren’t interested in anything else, not even nourishment, since they’ve tasted God and been sweetened...

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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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She’ll bring you joy

She’ll bring you joy

Abbess Makrina, Holy Monastery of Our Lady the Guide, Portaria   When you can’t sleep and various thoughts keep bothering you, say the prayer ‘Rejoice, Virgin Mother of God…’ continuously. Sleep will come and Our Lady will give you great joy. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK...

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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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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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