Love for God and One Another

  • A brother asked Abba Moses, what helps a man in all of his difficulty? The elder replied: God helps, for it is written: “Our God is refuge and strength, a helper in afflictions which mightily befall...
  • If you have shown compassion for people here [on earth], that will be of wonderful help to you at the day of Judgment. Venerable St. Ephraim the Syrian. Even if you school yourself in the highest...
  • DUTY without love makes one irritable
    JUSTICE without love makes one cruel
    TRUTH without love makes one a fault-finder
    UPBRINGING without love makes one two-faced

Passions

  • The vainglorious man is an idolator, although he is called a believer. He thinks that he is honoring God, but in actual fact he is pleasing not God, but men. Venerable John of the Ladder. Sometimes...
  • The passion of anger, in which one may include all forms of aggression toward other people, is also bears evidence of the absence of love for one’s neighbor. Meekness, gentleness, (a virtue that is...
  • The Lord will protect your soul so long as you hold your tongue. Do not say more than necessary; much talking drives away the Holy Spirit. Learning to be silent is a great undertaking. In remaining...

Holy Mysteries

  • When you will go down into the water, do not represent to yourself water alone, but await salvation from the operation of the Holy Spirit; because without the one and the other it is impossible for...
  • There is both a physical and a spiritual fast. In the physical fast the body abstains from food and drink. In the spiritual fast, the faster abstains from evil intentions, words and deeds. One who...
  • Fasting consists not just of eating rarely, but also of eating little. And not just in eating only one meal, but in not eating much. Foolish is the faster, who waits for a specific time [to eat a...
  • We should not put off repentance, for we know not the hour of our death. Do not rely on the evil one, who instills in you deceptive ideas, saying “You are still young, and will still live a long time...
  • In Confession, the Church wants one to reveal his hidden shadow [the hidden thing that overshadows him]. In Confession, the Church wants one to show the wounds to his soul that he is hiding behind...
  • Holy Hierarch St. John Chrysostom teaches that one must commune of the Holy Gifts of Christ “with a clear conscience, with a pure heart, with an irreproachable life, in the greatest oneness of mind...

Disease and Death

  • “Ignaty Brianchaninov says that diseases are the Lord’s reminders to us that our death is not far, and that we should cleanse everything that has been, with true compunction, repentance, and receipt...
  • We believe that the souls of men who have fallen into mortal sins and at death have not despaired, but have still repented before parting with the present life, who only have not managed to offer any...
  • Having eagerly and with great patience suffered, they are now magnified unto ages of ages. For we all must laud with songs of praise the struggles of the saints, because with a courageous spirit...

Christian Virtues

  • People are ordinarily called wise based on an incorrect application of the term. It is not those who have studied the sayings and writings of ancient wise men that are wise, but rather, those who...
  • He meek man, on accepting blows at himself, remains firm; during quarrels, he is calm; in subordination, he is content; he is not wounded by pride; he rejoices in abasements; he is not exalted by his...
  • In your patience possess ye your souls. (Luke 21: 19)
  • Immoral habits are like shackles: They deprive man of his moral freedom, and forcibly keep him in the stinking swamp of the passions. St. Ignaty Brianchaninov. He who is conquers himself in the...
  • Faith consists not only of being baptized in Christ, but also in fulfilling His commandments. Holy Baptism is perfect and gives us perfection, but does not make perfect those who do not follow the...

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