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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An accident waiting to happen

An accident waiting to happen

Saint Basil the Great   Hypocrites retain their hatred in the depths of their hearts, showing superficial love, in the same way as a reef which is covered with a little water, but is an accident waiting to happen for those who aren’t careful. Hypocrisy is the result of envy...

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Root out

Root out

Saint John Chrysostom   When people want to root out some passion which has wormed its way into their hearts and become established there over time, it isn’t enough to give advice for one or two days in order to correct this passion. We have to talk lots of times...

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Nothing so powerful as charity

Nothing so powerful as charity

Saint John Chrysostom   Despite the fact that virginity, fasting and sleeping on the ground demand greater efforts, there’s nothing so powerful and so capable of extinguishing the fire of our sins as charity. It’s superior to all else and places those who live it close to the King of...

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Servant or son?

Servant or son?

Saint Abba Dorotheos   If we do good because we fear hell, we’re in the position of a servant; if we do it to get a reward, we’re like an employee; if we do it for its own sake then we’re in the position of a son. Because a son...

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Our own deformity

Our own deformity

Archimandrite Georgios Kapsanis, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Gregoriou †   However well informed you are in terms of human wisdom, this doesn’t cure your deformity. You have to rediscover the true image of God, Christ, so that assuming the form of Christ, you’ll be healed of the deformities...

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Are you weak or strong?

Are you weak or strong?

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   When you place your trust in other people, you’re being weak, but when your place it in God you’re being strong. Cleave to God and all His power will be with you. Confess your weakness before Him and He’ll send you His all-powerful Grace. Source: pemptousia.com...

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Stupid, false and deceptive

Stupid, false and deceptive

Saint John of Kronstadt   Sinners won’t achieve remission of their sins unless they first realize with all their heart that these are senseless, destructive and illusory. Just as they committed the sin and found it pleasant and enjoyable, so now they must repent and confess that it was deceptive...

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Lessons in humility

Lessons in humility

Joseph the Hesychast   When the heart is humbled, it’s overshadowed by Divine Grace, which brings contrition, tears, peace and love. When you yourself are humbled, everybody else will seem to you to be saints. But when you’re proud and puffed up, everybody seems bad to you. All of these...

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Putting yourself in the place of others

Putting yourself in the place of others

Saint Paisios the Athonite   Putting yourself in the place of other people is a great aid in acquiring internal kindness, because then love comes naturally, as do pain, humility, and gratitude to God through continuous hymns of praise and prayer of the heart for our neighbor. Then our prayer...

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