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2016/17

Orthodox Quote of the Week (100)

Wherefore on no account suffer any evil habit to master thee; but, while it is yet young, pluck the evil root out of thine heart, lest it fasten on and strike root so deep that time and labor be required to uproot it.

St John Damascene
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Comments by students:
А.С., Ю.К.


Orthodox Quote of the Week (99)

Because when we say, "Thy will be done," and wholly surrender ourselves to God, it is then that the will of God is indeed done. But we, on one hand, say, "Thy will be done," and on the other hand, keep persisting in our own will. Well, what is God supposed to do then?

St. Paisios of Mount Athos
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Comments by students:
А.С., А.Д., М.П., А.Щ.


Orthodox Quote of the Week (98)

Those who labor for the vain things in life strive to make those who labor for God's sake stumble, that they might not be confronted with examples that accuse their conscience; but in so doing they only embellish the crowns of conscientious laborers.

Ephraim the Syrian
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Comments by students:
А.С., С.Ф., А.Щ.


Orthodox Quote of the Week (97)

If one loses his cross, his life becomes cold and tepid, without cooperation with God.

Metropolitan Saba (Esber)
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А.С., А.Д., М.П., А.Щ., М.К., Ю.К.


Orthodox Quote of the Week (96)

It is difficult for you, but think of how it was for the Savior on the Cross. The end is near; life passes quickly. We are guests on earth, migratory birds.

Archbishop Seraphim (Sobolev) of Bogucharsk
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А.С., М.П., Ю.К.,
М.С.


Orthodox Quote of the Week (95)

By talents we mean not only wealth, education, or fame. Talents are good conditions for salvation of the soul. Each of us has his own given talents. Poverty, sickness, various sorrows — these are all talents. From the worldly point of view, talents mean scholarly, musical, or artistic abilities. They are not sinful; it is good when such abilities are combined with a Christian life, and when they are dedicated to God. If an ability prevents us from living in a godly manner and saving our souls, then it should be abandoned. It is better to be a little stupider and simpler, but to be saved. What benefit is it to you if you gain the whole world but destroy your soul?

St. Nikon of Optina
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А.Д., М.П., С.Ф., А.Щ., М.К., Ю.К.,
М.С., П.П.


Orthodox Quote of the Week (94)

He whose will and desire in conversation is to establish his own opinion, even though what he says is true, should recognize that he is sick with the devil's disease.

St. John Climacus
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А.С., А.Д., М.П., С.Ф., А.Щ., В.К., Ю.К.,
Д.К., М.С.


Orthodox Quote of the Week (93)

Steep and thorny is the path that leads to the Heavenly Kingdom. What is your path? It is the struggle unto blood against fleshly passions and self-love. Self-love is the soil upon which grow passions, emptiness of life, and sorrow.

Archbishop Seraphim (Sobolev) of Bogucharsk
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Comments by students:
А.С., М.П., А.Щ., Ю.К.,
А.К., Е.З., М.С., Н.Т., А.Я., Ю.К.


Orthodox Quote of the Week (92)

The Christian who is struggling in the world is helped when he has relationships with spiritual people.

Elder Paisios of Mount Athos
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Orthodox Quote of the Week (91)

Those who inconsiderately toss out comments, even if they are true, can cause harm.

Elder Paisios
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Orthodox Quote of the Week (90)

As it is impossible to verbally describe the sweetness of honey to one who has never tasted honey, so the goodness of God cannot be clearly communicated by way of teaching if we ourselves are not able to penetrate into the goodness of the Lord by our own experience.

St. Basil the Great
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Orthodox Quote of the Week (89)

Learn patience, patience, and patience, and humility will sprout with it - "grow out of it". Out of this comes true spiritual life, and not an imitation of it.

Fr. John Krestiankin
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Orthodox Quote of the Week (88)

The aim is for one to struggle with discretion and philotimo (responsive gratitude), according to one's powers... God knows the struggle of each person and what strength he gave to each person and he will reward each accordingly. I love all equally and am moved by those who struggle with responsive gratitude.

Elder Paisios of Mount Athos
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А.С., М.П., С.Ф., Ю.К.,
Ю.Г., М.С..


Orthodox Quote of the Week (87)

...God comes into our lives when we invite Him with all our being, opening the gates of our heart from the inside. He will not come uninvited... The moment you are willing to give over your whole self to God - surrendering your life, your loved ones, your health, your victories and defeats - He will come to you and help you in ways you never dreamed possible.

Fr. Vojislav Dosenovich
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Orthodox Quote of the Week (86)

The way of humility is this: self-control, prayer, and thinking yourself inferior to all creatures.

Abba Thithoes
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Orthodox Quote of the Week (85)

God does not come near to where flesh is in charge: God's contact with man is through his spirit, and the spirit in such a person is out of its proper order. He will feel God's calling for the first time when his spirit begins to claim its rights in the voice of conscience and the fear of God. And when a man finally makes his free deliberate choice for the spirit, then God will join that man and dwell in him. From that moment on begins the conversion of his soul and body, the whole inner and outer man, until "God may be all in all" (1 Cor. 15:28), and the man which once was carnal, transforms into a spiritual being and becomes sanctified. What a marvelous privilege of mankind, and how few of us know about it, appreciate it and seek it!

St. Theophan the Recluse
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Orthodox Quote of the Week (84)

Orthodoxy is life. If we don't live Orthodoxy, we simply are not Orthodox, no matter what formal beliefs we might hold.

Fr. Seraphim Rose
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Orthodox Quote of the Week (83)

Cheerfulness is not a sin. It drives away weariness; and it is from weariness that despondency comes, and there is nothing worse than that. It brings with it everything negative.

St. Seraphim of Sarov
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Orthodox Quote of the Week (82)

We should never say that nothing is important. On the contrary, everything is important. Even the smallest of our actions impacts our eternal salvation.

Elder Sergei of Vanves
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Orthodox Quote of the Week (81)

A believer is not one who thinks that God can do everything, but one who believes that he will obtain all things. Faith paves the way for what seems impossible...

St. John Climacus
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Orthodox Quote of the Week (80)

God give us the strength to pursue the path of crucifixion; there is no other way to be Christian.

Fr. Seraphim Rose



Orthodox Quote of the Week (79)

Only really great faith does not fear ridicule, or shrink from failure; it does not even think of ridicule and failure, as it does not doubt success.

Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich

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Orthodox Quote of the Week (78)

A human being who does not endure courageously the unpleasant burdens of temptations, will never produce fruit worthy of the divine wine-press and eternal harvest, not even if one possesses all other virtues. For one is only perfected through zealously enduring both all the voluntary and involuntary afflictions.

St. Gregory Palamas



Orthodox Quote of the Week (77)

If a person wants to get an idea about the pyramids of Egypt, he must either trust those who have been in immediate proximity to the pyramids, or he must get next to them himself. There is no third option. In the same way a person can get an impression of God: He must either trust those who have stood and stand in immediate proximity to God, or he must take pains to come into such proximity himself.

St. Nicholas of Serbia



Orthodox Quote of the Week (76)

The man who endures accusations against himself with humility has arrived at perfection. He is marveled at by the holy angels, for there is no other virtue so great and so hard to achieve.

St Isaac of Syria



Orthodox Quote of the Week (75)

Struggle to the very end. The whole point of the struggle is not to be delivered from the struggle, as it will go on forever. The reason to struggle is that the more you do, the better chances you have of being successful in your struggle.

Elder Sergei of Vanves



2015/16

Orthodox Quote of the Week (74)

The all-good Providence of God always arranges what is most beneficial for us, while in our ignorance, we very often strive for the very opposite.

St. Ambrose of Optina

Comments by students: А.Я., Ю.Г., М.С., Д.К.


Orthodox Quote of the Week (73)

...human reason has been corrupted since the fall of man; therefore, it must be submitted to faith and revelation and thus raised up to a higher level.

Father Seraphim Rose

Comments by students: Н.Т., Ю.Г., Я.Б., А.Б., М.С..


Orthodox Quote of the Week (72)

Nobody can become a Christian by being lazy. It needs work, lots of work.

Elder Porphyrios

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Orthodox Quote of the Week (71)

There is no greater love than that a man lays down his life for his neighbor. When you hear someone complaining and you struggle with yourself and do not answer him back with complaints; when you are hurt and bear it patiently, not looking for revenge; then you are laying down your life for your neighbor.

Abba Poemen

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Orthodox Quote of the Week (70)

When there is a respect for small things, there will be an even greater respect towards the bigger things. When there is no respect for small things, then neither will there be for the bigger ones. This is how the Fathers maintained Tradition.

Elder Paisios

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Orthodox Quote of the Week (69)

Do not believe brother, that inner thoughts can be controlled without the control of the body. Fear bad habits more than devils.

St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

Comments by students: Н.Т., П.П., Я.Б., М.С..


Orthodox Quote of the Week (68)

A discerning man, when he eats grapes, takes only the ripe ones and leaves the sour. Thus also the discerning mind carefully marks the virtues which he sees in any person. A mindless man seeks out the vices and failings … Even if you see someone sin with your own eyes, do not judge; for often even your eyes are deceived.

St. John Climacus

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Orthodox Quote of the Week (67)

He who has realized love for God in his heart is tireless, as Jeremiah says, in his pursuit of the Lord his God, and bears every hardship, reproach and insult nobly, never thinking the least evil of anyone.

St Maximos the Confessor

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Orthodox Quote of the Week (66)

One day, while St. Antony was sitting with a certain Abba, a virgin came up and said to the Elder: "Abba, I fast six days of the week and I repeat by heart portions of the Old and New Testament daily." To which the Elder replied: "Does poverty mean the same to you as abundance?" "No", she answered. "Or dishonour the same as praise?" "No, Abba." "Are your enemies the same for you as your friends?" "No", she replied. At that the wise Elder said to her: "Go, get to work, you have accomplished nothing."

St. Peter of Damaskos

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Orthodox Quote of the Week (65)

A dog is better than I am, for he has love and he does not judge.

Abba Xanthios

Comments by students: Ю.Г., Н.Т., Т.Д., А.Я., П.П., Е.Е., А.В., Д.К..


Orthodox Quote of the Week (64)

When conversion does take place, the process of revelation occurs in a very simple way; a person is in need, he suffers, and then somehow the other world opens up. The more you are in suffering and difficulties and are desperate for God, the more He is going to come to your aid, reveal who He is, and show you the way to get out.

Fr. Seraphim Rose

Comments by students: А.Я., Ю.Г., Н.Т., Т.Д., П.П., А.П., Е.Е..


Orthodox Quote of the Week (63)

What salt is for any food, humility is for every virtue. To acquire it, a man must always think of himself with contrition, self-belittlement and painful salf-judgment. But if we acquire it, it will make us sons of God.

St. Isaac the Syrian

Comments by students: Е.З., А.К., Ю.Г., Н.Т., А.В., Е.Е., П.П..


Orthodox Quote of the Week (62)

Beware of the spirit of despondency, for it gives birth to every evil. A thousand temptations come from it: agitation, rage, blame, complaint against one's fate, profligate thoughts, constant change of place. The soul then avoids people, believing them to be the cause of its trouble, and does not understand that the cause of the illness is within itself.

St. Seraphim of Sarov

Comments by students: А.К., А.Я., Ю.Г., Н.Т., А.О..


Orthodox Quote of the Week (61)

Hell does not appear to the faithless; it is clear and obvious to the faithful....

St. John Chrysostom

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Orthodox Quote of the Week (60)

You should continually and unceasingly call to mind all the blessings which God in His love has bestowed on you in the past, and still bestows for the salvation of your soul. You must not let forgetfulness of evil or laziness make you grow unmindful of these many and great blessings, and so pass the rest of your life uselessly and ungratefully.

St. Mark the Ascetic

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Orthodox Quote of the Week (59)

Maladies in our eyes only appear painful, unpleasant and terrible. It is seldom that any one of us during the time of sickness represents to himself the profit which his illness brings to his soul; but in God's all wise and most merciful Providence, not a single malady remains without some profit to our soul.

St. John of Kronstadt
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Orthodox Quote of the Week (58)

If, therefore, we desire to be set free and to enjoy perfect freedom, let us learn to cut off our desires.

Dorotheos of Gaza



Orthodox Quote of the Week (57)

Our mind is so darkened by the fall that unless we force ourselves to remember death we can completely forget about it. When we forget about death, then we begin to live on earth as if we were immortal, and we sacrifice all our activity to the world without concerning ourselves in the least either about the fearful transition to eternity or about our fate in eternity. Then we boldly and peremptorily override the commandments of Christ; then we commit all the vilest sins; then we abandon not only unceasing prayer but even the prayers appointed for definite times -we begin to scorn this essential and indispensable occupation as if it were an activity of little importance and little needed. Forgetful of physical death, we die a spiritual death.

St. Ignatius Brianchaninov



Orthodox Quote of the Week (56)

One must do good deeds but not place hope in them. To place hope in one's deeds is a sign of self-reliance.

Elder Macarius of Optina



Orthodox Quote of the Week (55)

We see people sinning but we do not see them repenting.

St. John Climacus

Comments by students: Д.К..


Orthodox Quote of the Week (54)

Since this habit has acquired power over your heart through frequent repetition of certain actions, which satisfy the passion dwelling in the heart, opposing it in the heart is not enough to weaken and destroy this power; you must use actions which are contrary to the former ones, actions opposed to the passion, smashing and destroying it.

Unseen Warfare



Orthodox Quote of the Week (53)

For anything that is quickly obtained is also easily lost, whereas everything found with toil is also kept with careful watching.

St. Isaac the Syrian



Orthodox Quote of the Week (52)

There are two paths. One, the path of self-reproach and humility. And two, the path of self-justification and despondency.

Elder Michael



Orthodox Quote of the Week (51)

To love Christ means not to be a hireling, not to look upon a noble life as an enterprise or trade, but to be a true benefactor and to do everything only for the sake of love for God.

St John Chrysostom



Orthodox Quote of the Week (50)

A true Christian is made by faith and love toward Christ. Our sins do not in the least hinder our Christianity, according to the word of the Savior Himself. He deigned to say: not the righteous have I come to call, but sinners to salvation; there is more joy in heaven over one who repents than over ninety righteous ones.

St. Herman of Alaska



Orthodox Quote of the Week (49)

It is through victories in small things that the fathers won their great battles.

St. Peter of Damaskos



2014/15

Orthodox Quote of the Week (48)

It is not what man does which counts in eternal life, but what he is; whether he is like Jesus Christ, our Lord, or if he is different and unlike Him.

St. Symeon the New Theologian



Orthodox Quote of the Week (47)

We have to be aware that what is being pounded in upon us is all of one piece; it has a certain rhythm, a certain message to give us, this message of self-worship, of relaxing, of letting go, of enjoying yourself, of giving up any thought of the other world... It is actually an education in atheism. We have to fight back by knowing just what the world is trying to do to us...

Fr. Seraphim Rose



Orthodox Quote of the Week (46)

We have to be aware that what is being pounded in upon us is all of one piece; it has a certain rhythm, a certain message to give us, this message of self-worship, of relaxing, of letting go, of enjoying yourself, of giving up any thought of the other world... It is actually an education in atheism. We have to fight back by knowing just what the world is trying to do to us...

Fr. Seraphim Rose



Orthodox Quote of the Week (45)

In each matter about which a man boasts himself, God permits that he change, so that he should be humbled, and learn humility.

St. Isaac the Syrian



Orthodox Quote of the Week (44)

Ever let mercy outweigh all else in you. Let our compassion be a mirror where we may see in ourselves that likeness and that true image which belong to the Divine nature and Divine essence. A heart hard and unmerciful will never be pure."

St. Isaac of Syria



Orthodox Quote of the Week (43)

Whoever says that it is impossible to be saved with a wife and children is a deceiver. Abraham had a wife and children and three hundred and eighteen servants, and also much gold and silver, and he was called the friend of God! Many servants of the Church have been saved, and many lovers of the desert; many aristocrats, and many soldiers; many craftsmen, and many farm laborers. Be devout towards God and loving towards men, and you will be saved.

St. Niphon



Orthodox Quote of the Week (42)

1. Be always with Christ and trust God in everything.
2. Pray as you can, not as you think you must.
3. Have a keepable rule of prayer done by discipline.
4. Say the Lord's Prayer several times each day.
5. Repeat a short prayer when your mind is not occupied.
6. Make some prostrations when you pray.
7. Eat good foods in moderation and fast on fasting days.
8. Practice silence, inner and outer.
9. Sit in silence 20 to 30 minutes each day.
10. Do acts of mercy in secret.
11. Go to liturgical services regularly.
12. Go to confession and holy communion regularly.
13. Do not engage intrusive thoughts and feelings.
14. Reveal all your thoughts and feelings to a trusted person regularly.
15. Read the scriptures regularly.
16. Read good books, a little at a time.
17. Cultivate communion with the saints.
18. Be an ordinary person, one of the human race.
19. Be polite with everyone, first of all family members.
20. Maintain cleanliness and order in your home.
21. Have a healthy, wholesome hobby.
22. Exercise regularly.
23. Live a day, even a part of a day, at a time.
24. Be totally honest, first of all with yourself.
25. Be faithful in little things.
26. Do your work, then forget it.
27. Do the most difficult and painful things first.
28. Face reality.
29. Be grateful.
30. Be cheerful.
31. Be simple, hidden, quiet and small.
32. Never bring attention to yourself.
33. Listen when people talk to you.
34. Be awake and attentive, fully present where you are.
35. Think and talk about things no more than necessary.
36. Speak simply, clearly, firmly, directly.
37. Flee imagination, fantasy, analysis, figuring things out.
38. Flee carnal, sexual things at their first appearance.
39. Don't complain, grumble, murmur or whine.
40. Don't seek or expect pity or praise.
41. Don't compare yourself with anyone.
42. Don't judge anyone for anything.
43. Don't try to convince anyone of anything.
44. Don't defend or justify yourself.
45. Be defined and bound by God, not people.
46. Accept criticism gracefully and test it carefully.
47. Give advice only when asked or when it is your duty.
48. Do nothing for people that they can and should do for themselves.
49. Have a daily schedule of activities, avoiding whim and caprice.
50. Be merciful with yourself and others.
51. Have no expectations except to be fiercely tempted to your last breath.
52. Focus exclusively on God and light, and never on darkness, temptation and sin.
53. Endure the trial of yourself and your faults serenely, under God's mercy.
54. When you fall, get up immediately and start over.
55. Get help when you need it, without fear or shame.

Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko (3/28/39 – 3/18/15). “55 Maxims” – On Living a Christian Life



Orthodox Quote of the Week (41)

Previously, I wanted everything to go my way, but seeing that nothing was done as I wanted, I began to wish that everything be done as it is done; so it was that everything started to be done as I wanted.

Elder Joseph of Optina



Orthodox Quote of the Week (40)

One day, while St. Antony was sitting with a certain Abba, a virgin came up and said to the Elder: "Abba, I fast six days of the week and I repeat by heart portions of the Old and New Testament daily." To which the Elder replied: "Does poverty mean the same to you as abundance?" "No", she answered. "Or dishonour the same as praise?" "No, Abba." "Are your enemies the same for you as your friends?" "No", she replied. At that the wise Elder said to her: "Go, get to work, you have accomplished nothing."

St. Peter of Damascus



Orthodox Quote of the Week (39)

The thoughts which originate from God bring internal peace and joy to the person. On the contrary, the thoughts which originate from the devil are filled with agitation, disturbance and grief.

Abba Barsanouphios



Orthodox Quote of the Week (38)

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matt. 10:28 (KJV)



Orthodox Quote of the Week (37)

Compel yourselves; say the prayer; stop idle talk; close your mouths to criticism; place doors and locks against unnecessary words. Time passes and does not come back, and woe to us if time goes by without spiritual profit.

Elder Ephraim



Orthodox Quote of the Week (36)

Perfection... is clearly not achieved simply by being naked, by the lack of wealth or by the rejection of honors, unless there is also that love whose ingredients the apostle described (cf. I Cor. 13) and which is to be found solely in purity of heart. Not to be jealous, not to be puffed up, not to act heedlessly, not to seek what does not belong to one, not to rejoice over some injustice, not to plan evil - what is this and its like if not the continuous offering to God of the heart that is perfect and truly pure, a heart kept free of all disturbance?

St. John Cassian



Orthodox Quote of the Week (35)

...for to be Christian is to be crucified in this time and in any time since Christ came for the first time. His life is the example and warning to us all. We must be crucified personally, mystically; for through crucifixion is the only path to resurrection, if we would rise with Christ, we must be humbled with him even to the ultimate humiliation, being devoured and spit forth by the uncomprehending world...

Fr. Seraphim Rose



Orthodox Quote of the Week (34)

Because we put ourselves out of the sight of God we are led captive by the passions of the body.

Abba Theona



Orthodox Quote of the Week (33)

When the mind forgets the purpose of piety, then visible works of virtue become useless.

St. Mark the Ascetic



Orthodox Quote of the Week (32)

"But I say to you," the Lord says, "love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who persecute you." Why did he command these things? So that he might free you from hatred, sadness, anger and grudges, and might grant you the greatest possession of all, perfect love, which is impossible to possess except by the one who loves all equally in imitation of God.

St. Maximus the Confessor



Orthodox Quote of the Week (31)

In spite of our sinfulness, in spite of the darkness surrounding our souls, the Grace of the Holy Spirit, conferred by baptism in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, still shines in our hearts with the inextinguishable light of Christ ... and when the sinner turns to the way of repentance the light smooths away every trace of the sins committed, clothing the former sinner in the garments of incorruption, spun of the Grace of the Holy Spirit. It is this acquisition of the Holy Spirit about which I have been speaking.

St. Seraphim of Sarov



Orthodox Quote of the Week (30)

A man who is wrathful with us is a sick man; we must apply a plaster to his heart - love; we must treat him kindly, speak to him gently, lovingly. And if there is not deeply-rooted malice against us within him, but only a temporary fit of anger, you will see how his heart, or his malice, will melt away through your kindness and love - how good will conquer evil. A Christian must always be kind, gracious, and wise in order to conquer evil by good.

St. John of Kronstadt



Orthodox Quote of the Week (29)

We see the water of a river flowing uninterruptedly and passing away, and all that floats on its surface, rubbish or beams of trees, all pass by. Christian! So does our life... I was an infant, and that time has gone. I was an adolescent, and that too has passed. I was a young man, and that too is far behind me. The strong and mature man that I was is no more. My hair turns white, I succumb to age, but that too passes; I approach the end and will go the way of all flesh. I was born in order to die. I die that I may live. Remember me, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom!

St. Tikhon of Voronezh



Orthodox Quote of the Week (28)

For virtue is a light and buoyant thing, and all who live in her way "fly like clouds" as Isaiah says, "and as doves with their young ones"; but sin is a heavy affair, as another of the prophets says, "sitting upon a talent of lead".

St. Gregory of Nyssa



Orthodox Quote of the Week (27)

I have consciousness of my sinfulness, but I live with hope. It is bad to despair, because someone who despairs becomes embittered and loses his willingness and strength. Someone who has hope, on the contrary, advances forward.

Elder Porphyrios



Orthodox Quote of the Week (26)

He who busies himself with the sins of others, or judges his brother on suspicion, has not yet even begun to repent or to examine himself so as to discover his own sins...

St. Maximos the Confessor



Orthodox Quote of the Week (25)

Look at all the earth supplies in summer and in autumn! Every Christian, especially the priest, ought to imitate God's bountifulness. Let your table be open to everybody, like the table of the Lord. The avaricious is God's enemy.

St. John of Kronstadt



Orthodox Quote of the Week (24)

The forgetting of wrongs is a sign of true repentance. But he who dwells on them and thinks that he is repenting is like a man who thinks he is running while he is really asleep.

St. John Climacus



Orthodox Quote of the Week (23)

The mind that realizes it's own weakness has discovered whence it might enter upon salvation and draw near to the light of knowledge and receive true wisdom which does not pass away with this age.

St. Gregory Palamas



Orthodox Quote of the Week (22)

He who wants to do something and cannot is, in the eyes of God who sees our hearts, as though he has done it. This should be understood as being so in relation to good and evil alike.

St. Mark the Ascetic



Orthodox Quote of the Week (21)

God created everything not only for our use, but also that we, seeing the great wealth of His creations, might be astonished at the might of the Creator and might understand that all this was created with wisdom and unutterable goodnness for the honor of man, who was to appear.

St. John Chrysostom



Orthodox Quote of the Week (20)

A life lived in humility and with an irreproachable conscience brings peace, tranquility, and true happiness. But wealth, honor, glory and exalted position often serve as the cause of a multitude of sins, and such happiness is not one on which to rely.

St. Makary of Optina



Orthodox Quote of the Week (19)

The chief evil with relation to the body is love for the body and pitying it. This takes away all the soul's authority over the body and makes the soul the slave of the body. And on the contrary, one who does not spare the body will not be disturbed in whatever he does by apprehensions born of blind love of life. How fortunate is one who is trained to this from childhood!

St. Theophan the Recluse



2013/14

Orthodox Quote of the Week (18)

The message of this universal temptation that attacks men today - quite openly in its secular forms, but usually more hidden in its religious forms - is: Live for the present, enjoy yourself, relax, be comfortable.

Fr. Seraphim Rose



Orthodox Quote of the Week (17)

...know who you really are in truth, and not whatyou imagine you are. With this knowledge youbecome the wisest man.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast



Orthodox Quote of the Week (16)

In short, let every action be a cause of your remembering and praising God, and lo! you will be praying without ceasing and therein your soul will always rejoice.

St. Peter of Damascus



Orthodox Quote of the Week (15)

Only the benumbed soul doesn't pray. Preserve in yourselves the feeling of need, and you will always have stimulation for prayer.

St. Theophan the Recluse



Orthodox Quote of the Week (14)

Every physical and spiritual task which does not involve pain and toil and trouble never bears fruit for the person who engages in it, for the Kingdom of Heaven is taken by violence and the violent lay hold of it...

St. Ignatius Brianchaninov



Orthodox Quote of the Week (13)

Blessed is he who strives to please the Lord as others try to please men.

St. John Climacus



Orthodox Quote of the Week (12)

Thus, while you are neglecting yourself and hardly taking stock of yourself, the evil spirits enter into you and destroy and lay barren your mind, dissipating your thoughts on things of this world.

St. Macarius of Egypt



Orthodox Quote of the Week (11)

Men of the world love the world because they have not yet discovered its bitterness. They are still blind in soul and do not see what is hiding behind this fleeting joy.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast



Orthodox Quote of the Week (10)

Strive to become for the whole community a good example of every virtue: of humility, gentleness, active compassion, obedience even in the least of things, freedom from anger, detachment, unpossessiveness and compunction, guilelessness and uninquisitiveness, of simplicity and estrangement from the world.

St. Simeon the New Theologian



Orthodox Quote of the Week (9)

Those who pursue the carnal mode of life and in whom the will of the flesh is imperious - who are, quite simply, carnal - are not able to conform to God's will (cf. Rom. 8:8). Their judgement is eclipsed and they are totally impervious to the rays of divine light: the engulfing clouds of the passions are like high walls that shut out the resplendence of the Spirit and leave them without illumination.

Nikitas Stithatos



Orthodox Quote of the Week (8)

For a man to attempt to teach his neighbor, when he hath not been required [so to do], is the same as offering him a rebuke.

from: "Paradise of the Holy Fathers Vol.2"



Orthodox Quote of the Week (7)

If there is any rest for us in this world, then it consists only in purity of the conscience and patience. This is a harbor for us who sail upon the sea of life...

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk



Orthodox Quote of the Week (6)

"Beloved brother, the peace that makes you think your way is right is simply insensitivity and unawareness of your sinfulness due to your negligent life."

St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov)



Orthodox Quote of the Week (5)

I saw that there was no tragedy in God. Tragedy is to be found solely in the fortunes of the man whose gaze has not gone beyond the confines of this earth.

Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov)



Orthodox Quote of the Week (4)

One of the Fathers said, "The eyes of pigs have a natural conformation which makes them turn toward the ground and they can never look up to heaven, so is the soul of one who lets himself be carried away by pleasure. Once the soul is allowed to slip into the slough of enjoyment, she can no longer get out again."

from: Wisdom of the Desert Fathers



Orthodox Quote of the Week (3)

Acts of charity, almsgiving and all the external good works do not suppress the arrogance of the heart; but noetic meditation, the labor of repentance, contrition and humility — these humble the proud mind.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast



Orthodox Quote of the Week (2)

Beguiling and deceptive is the life of the world, fruitless its labor, perilous its delight, poor its riches, delusive its honors, inconstant, insignificant; and woe to those who hope in its seeming goods: because of this many die without repentance.

Elder Nazarius.



Orthodox Quote of the Week (1)

No wonder, then, that it is so hard to be Christian — it is not hard it is impossible. No one can knowingly accept a way of life which, the more truly it is lived, leads more surely to one's own destruction. And that is why we constantly rebel, try to make life easier, try to be half-Christian, try to make the best of both worlds. We must ultimately choose — our felicity lies in one world or the other, not in both.

Fr. Seraphim Rose.











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