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Elder Leonid of Optina: If you would be simple-hearted like the Apostles . . .

“If you would be simple-hearted like the Apostles, would not conceal your human shortcomings, would not pretend to be especially pious, if you would walk free from hypocrisy, then that is the path. While it is easy, not everyone can find it or understand it. This path is the shortest way to salvatio... Read More

Fr. Seraphim Rose: Why do men learn through pain and suffering, and not through pleasure and happiness? . . .

“Why do men learn through pain and suffering, and not through pleasure and happiness? Very simply, because pleasure and happiness accustom one to satisfaction with the things given in this world, whereas pain and suffering drive one to seek a more profound happiness beyond the limitations of this wo... Read More

From Unseen Warfare: You must never be afraid . . . that the enemy is too strong against you, that his attacks are never ending . . .

You must never be afraid, if you are troubled by a flood of thoughts, that the enemy is too strong against you, that his attacks are never ending, that the war will last for your lifetime, and that you cannot avoid incessant downfalls of all kinds. Know that our enemies, with all their wiles, are in... Read More

St. Basil the Great: On Giving Thanks to the Creator

As thou takest thy seat at table, pray. As thou liftest the loaf, offer thanks to the Giver. When thou sustainest thy bodily weakness with wine, remember Him Who supplies thee with this gift, to make thy heart glad and to comfort thy infirmity. Has thy need for taking food passed away? Let not the t... Read More

St. Bede: Whilst Sigebert still governed the kingdom, there came out of Ireland a holy man called Fursey . . .

Whilst Sigebert still governed the kingdom, there came out of Ireland a holy man called Fursey renowned both for his words and actions, and remarkable for singular virtues, being desirous to live a stranger for our Lord, wherever an opportunity should offer…he built himself the monastery, wherein he... Read More

St. Clement of Rome: Ye have searched the Scriptures, which are true . . .

“Ye have searched the scriptures, which are true, which were given through the Holy Ghost; and ye know that nothing unrighteous or counterfeit is written in them” — St. Clement of Rome, 1 Clement 45:2-3... Read More

St. Cyril of Alexandra: If the poison of pride is swelling up in you, turn to the Eucharist . . .

“If the poison of pride is swelling up in you, turn to the Eucharist; and that Bread, Which is your God humbling and disguising Himself, will teach you humility. If the fever of selfish greed rages in you, feed on this Bread; and you will learn generosity. If the cold wind of coveting withers you, h... Read More

St. Cyril of Jerusalem: . . . A fiery sword barred of old the gates of Paradise: a fiery tongue which brought salvation restored the gift.

“‘And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 2:3-4). They partook of fire, not of burning but of saving fire; of fire which consumes the thorns of sins, but gives luster to the soul. This is now comi... Read More

St. Cyril of Jerusalem: [L]et us consider whether is harder, for a man . . . to rise again from the earth, or for a man in the belly of a whale . . .

“[L]et us consider whether is harder, for a man after having been buried to rise again from the earth, or for a man in the belly of a whale, having come into the great heat of a living creature, to escape corruption. For what man knows not, that the heat of the belly is so great, that even bones whi... Read More

St. Czar Nicholas II: The higher a person’s position in society . . .

“The higher a person’s position in society the more he should help others without ever reminding them of his position.” — St. Czar Nicholas II... Read More

St. Dionysius: On Speech About Teachings

Do not imagine this a victory, holy Sopatros, to have denounced [Tit. 3:9] a devotion, or an opinion, which apparently is not good. For neither—even if you should have convicted it accurately—are the (teachings) of Sopatros consequently good. For it is possible, both that you and others, whilst occu... Read More

St. Dorotheos: A man can know nothing about the judgments of God. . . .

“A man can know nothing about the judgments of God. He alone is the one who takes account of all and is able to judge the hearts of each one of us, as He alone is our Master. Truly it happens that a man may do a certain thing which seems to be wrong out of simplicity, and there may be something abou... Read More

St. Dorotheos: A man obtains the fear of God if he has . . .

“A man obtains the fear of God if he has the remembrance of his unavoidable death and of the eternal torments that await sinners; If he tests himself every evening as to how he has spent the day, and every morning as to how he has spent the night, and if he is not sharp in his relations with others.... Read More

St. Ephraim the Syrian: According to thy mercy, pour out .

According to thy mercy, pour out upon me, who am miserable, at least one small drop of grace to make me understand and be converted, that I might make at least some small effort to correct myself. For if thy grace does not illumine my soul, I will not be able to see the carelessness and negligence t... Read More

St. Euthymius the Great: . . . I have recounted this to make us at all times ready for combat and prepared for the departure of the soul from the body . . .

Listen to an edifying and true story that some Egyptian elders I met told me about a man thought holy by all but who in secret stirrings of his heart angered God because, I think, of assent to impure thoughts. Their story went as follows. A man with second sight, on entering this man’s city, found h... Read More

St. Firmilian: On baptism by heretics

“Just as a heretic may not lawfully ordain or lay on hands, so neither may he baptize….What kind of thing is it that when we see that Paul, after John’s baptism, baptize those disciples again, we are hesitating to baptize those who come to the church from heresy, after their unhallowed and profane d... Read More

St. Gennadios Scholarios: Keep an eye on your bishops . . .

“Keep an eye on your bishops as far as their Orthodoxy is concerned lest they go so far as to teach doctrines against the true faith or celebrate with heretics and schismatics. As far as other things, they act out of ignorance or because the days are evil and they will give an account to God only.” ... Read More

St. Gennadius of Constantinople: To judge sins is the business of one who is sinless . . .

“To judge sins is the business of one who is sinless, but who is sinless except God? Who ever thinks about the multitude of his own sins in his heart never wants to make the sins of others a topic of conversation. To judge a man who has gone astray is a sign of pride, and God resists the proud. On t... Read More

St. Gennadius: Always have the fear of God . . .

“Always have the fear of God in your heart, and remember that God is always with you, everywhere, whether you are walking or sitting.” + St. Gennadius of Constantinople, The Golden Chain, 14... Read More

St. Germanus . . . it is there in this holy sanctuary of grace that Mary is offered to stay there indefinitely.

“There where only the High Priest may enter, and then rarely: only once a year, it is there in this holy sanctuary of grace that Mary is offered to stay there indefinitely. Who has ever heard anything similar? Who has ever seen or heard, now or formerly, that a woman was introduced into the intimacy... Read More

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