Miscellaneous Thoughts

  • Do not expect that a man attached to carnal things will draw nigh to freedom of speech in prayer before God. A greedy soul is deprived of wisdom; but a compassionate soul is made wise by the Spirit....
  • The Glinsk Hermitage came into being in the 16th century in Kursk Province (a territory which now is part of the Sumsk Region), on the site of the appearance of the iraculous Icon of the Nativity of...
  • I read some of the truest words about the monastery in the writings of Gregory Skovoroda, a little-known 18th Century Russian philosopher. In one of his letters, he said: “A monk is Christ’s...
  • Strive to pay more attention to yourself and not analyze the affairs, actions and appeals made to you by others. If you find no love in them, it is because you yourself have no love within you. Where...
  • It is possible to be saved anywhere; just don’t abandon the Savior. Latch onto Christ’s garment, and Christ will not abandon you. A sure sign of the deadening of the soul is avoidance of Church...
  • O Righteous God, what is happening to people! How easily do people leave the service of the Lord because of all manner of rows, vainglorious squabbles, and vengeful intrigues! The Orthodox are...
  • Not knowledge that you learn, but knowledge that you suffer: that is Orthodox spirituality. One thing is education: that we learn how to love God. We become a replication of heaven with “Thy will be...
  • Hiero-schemamonk Seraphim (Muraviev) was born in 1865 in Yaroslavl Province. He reposed in 1949 in the village of Vyritsa, Leningrad District. One could say that he was one of our contemporaries,...

  • In January 1932, a little magazine entitled A Missionary's Letters and comprising but a few pages, began publication in the Okhrid Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The magazine appeared...
  • The Elder said: "The greatest disease of our times is the laity's vain disquieting notions. This disease can be cured only by Christ, with the help of spiritual calm. However, [for it to be cured] it...
  • Many parents bring their children spiritual harm by demonstrating their love for them in an inappropriate manner. For example, out of an excessive human love for her child, a mother may hug and kiss...
  • A hunter of wild desert animals happened to come to Abba Antony’s mountain. He was disturbed to see that Abba was affording consolation to the brethren. The Elder, wanting to calm him down and show...
  • I both believe and fear
    and in the time allotted to me ere I die,
    I rush to seek redemption of my sins.
    And in anticipation of [my death],

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